Camping Tips: How to Select a Campsite

Camping Tips: How to Select a Campsite

Hi there guys! John here, in collaboration with Sierra Trading Post, to talk to you today about winter camping. More specifically, winter campsite selection and some of the more important factors to take into account when choosing a campsite for your next winter outdoor excursion. Now as you can see behind us, we already have a camp established here. One of the first, and most important, considerations that we took into account was having a nice flat, level, surface, in which to establish our camp. Now, aside from what was below us, we also wanted to take a look at what was above us as well. By that I mean making sure that there are no dead or dying branches, as well as any snow laden branches, that may come crashing down on you at any point, making for a very dangerous situation. Now speaking of safety concerns, we also wanted to make sure that we didn’t pitch our tent in the middle of an established game trail. One of the last things you want is a big game animal come crashing through your tent in the middle of the night. It will make for a memorable experience, but I don’t recommend it. Another factor to consider is, of course, water procurement. Water is essential in the winter, as well as it is in the summer, and in the winter we’re actually fortunate to have a water source all around us, in the form of snow. So, we’ll simply be melting the snow for our water and hydration needs. Another very important consideration, particularly in winter, is protection from the elements and the weather. And by that, I mean don’t pitch your tent or establish your campsite on an exposed ridge, mountain top or anything of that nature. Where we’re at right now is, we’re actually out on a little knob, surrounded by some hills. We have a canopy of trees around us, which all afford a lot of protection from any wind or inclement weather that happens to blow in. We’re also making sure not to pitch our camp in the lowest available spot where the cold air typically tends to gather, making for a cold, miserable experience. Now speaking of warmth, I also like to orientate the tent in such a manner that it’s facing south and does have some type of southerly exposure so that when the sun rises in the morning, we get those first rays of light, making for a bright start to our day. And a final consideration to take into account is a “room with a view” essentially. I like to establish my camp where I have some type of viewing lanes just a view of the area that I’m camping in, (it’s one of the reasons I’m out here), it’s one of the reasons we all enjoy the outdoors, is the beauty that is to be found out here. So those are some of the considerations to take into account when selecting a campsite during winter. I would like to say before we end this video that you’re more than welcome to peruse some of the videos here for other useful tips and tricks. You’re also more than welcome to visit my channel over at “Intense Angler Outdoors” for other outdoor related tips and tricks as well. And until next time, that’s about all we have. You guys get out and enjoy as much as you can, take the best of care, and we’ll be seeing you very soon.

7 thoughts on “Camping Tips: How to Select a Campsite

  1. @teejate – Thanks! John always has great advice for spending time outdoors. Definitely check out his channel for the tips he has over his way (if you haven't already). Thanks again! – Chris

  2. If I am winter camping I go prepared. If I am fall camping it is generally 50/50 whether I am prepared or get caught with my pants down at 0 degrees with a 50 degree sleeping bag. LOL.

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