How to winter camp for cheap! Winter Camping Tips For Staying Warm!

How to winter camp for cheap! Winter Camping Tips For Staying Warm!


If you can’t tell by that thumbnail today
we’re talking cheap ways to get started winter camping. Welcome back guys and gals, my name is
Matt if you guys are new here in this channel is all about hiking and
backpacking talk a lot about gear I’m Canadian and
it goes some pretty sweet places in the Rockies so if any of that sounds
interesting to you guys it’s good to clicking on the subscribe button this is
part of a compilation video that is going on with a ton of different other
backpacking youtubers we’re all gonna be talking about different tips and tricks
for winter camping so I will put links to all of their channels down below in
the description for you guys to check them out hopefully guys you know pick up
some tips and tricks along the way from all the different channels and all
different videos I had every intention of filming this in my yard today outside
but the weather that we’ve been having is really not cooperating with me every
time it snows here it warms up immediately so my entire you heart is a
sheet of ice right now and for the sake of safety and not wanting to break my
neck we’re gonna film this one inside today I know from my own personal
experience and talking to a lot of other people the cost associated with winter
backpacking gear can be a huge deterrent and essentially what we’re gonna talk
about today is how to take your summer gear and extend it to get yourself out
in the backcountry so let’s talk about shelter systems first a little bit the
only thing I’m gonna say about shelter systems is unless you’re going out into
absolute blizzard situation your three season tent will probably do just fine
you may get a little bit more draft inside because you know your your fly
doesn’t go right down to the bottom but you can pile snow up up against your
rain fly to you know create that snow break and you can you so what I’m gonna
do I’m gonna start out talking about ground insulation they’re gonna talk
about your top insulation and in the end I’m going to talk about a couple of
their tips and tricks to add a little bit of the launch to your sleep setup in
the backcountry alright let’s talk about ground insulation what I got here this
is my thermos evil light this is my plain three-season sleeping pad this is
an hour value of like three I think it has an r-value of three I don’t actually
know what the r-value of it is but I know from personal experience I can take
the sleeping pad down to about minus five Celsius any colder than that and
this thinking pad just doesn’t cut it but there are a couple ways that I can
boost the r-value of the sleeping pad so let’s talk about it
the first method we’re gonna talk about and I’ll fully omit this is not the way
that I boost the r-value of my sleeping pad but I do have friends that do it and
it’s a really cheap way of doing it and it all works so I thought it was worth
talking about is using this what this is this is reflectix this is essentially
hot water tank insulation so you can basically get this at any slick hardware
stores like Home Depot Lowe’s if you guys are American the nards
I know Menards an American so you know you can probably get this at Menards but
don’t hold me to that but I know you can get this stuff at Home Depot so you just
you know get yourself a sheet that’s gonna be big enough to fit underneath
your sleeping pad you lay it on the ground underneath your sleeping pad your
sleeping pad on top of it gives you a little bit of a boost we see our value
of your sleeping pad obviously you like a sheet like this is not gonna be big
enough and it’s not gonna work this is actually gonna be for a reflectix koozie
that I’m gonna be making because the cat destroyed my other one so you know but I
thought it was worth talking about and one thing that I have noted from some of
my friends experience with using reflectix so obviously something I do
suggest trying this at home first before actually using it out in the field and I
suggest that for any of the tips I’m talking about today try it at home try
it in your backyard in a controlled situation that way if my tips and tricks
do not work for you then you can just go in your own house and warm up you’re not
you know hiking back to your car in the middle of the night in the cold cursing
my name out well my friends have noted condensation issues with certain
sleeping pad materials with the reflectix I don’t know which certain
sleeping pads were doing it off top of my head so like I said try it out but
yeah the reflectix ism is a way to you know you can boost the r-value receiving
pad and it’s pretty cheap another ridiculously cheap boy it’s just adding
one of these this is just your plain blue closed cell foam
sleeping pad that I’m sure everybody has seen that you probably see it any
outdoor hiking backpacking sporting goods store I mean this one here this is
not my full-length this is actually the dog sleeping pad I don’t know where my
full-length one is it’s buried somewhere in my storage room so this is the only
one I had but you know you can use one of these I mean you can get them in grey
and yellow and I know therm-a-rest makes them like they have like the ridge rest
and all that those work just as well to like with
reflectix just lay this on the ground underneath STP pad put your sleeping pad
on top good to go and with that as well you can actually stack two sleeping pads
on top of each other so if you’ve got two different thermal rests you can do
that to add some boost of insulation underneath you I don’t actually own a
winter sleeping pad I just supplement with a blue foam pad and I’ve you know
gotten down with like literally with my little therm-a-rest
eva light in a blue foam pad i’ve gotten down to minus 30 i was warm so it does
work around insulation they came to stacking sleeping pads top insulation
works exactly the same way when it comes to stacking sleeping bags now everything
i’m gonna be talking about here today right now is associated with down
sleeping bags that’s simply because honestly I don’t even own synthetic
sleeping bags all I have is down and all I’ve pretty much ever used is down
sleeping bags over the last like 15 years I’m fairly confident synthetic is
gonna be the same but you know if you’ve got experience with stacking synthetic
sleeping bags made me drop some comments down below and you know we can you know
maybe help out some people who’ve got questions about that but essentially
with down the way that down sleeping bags are rated is based on the law this
may see like how how thick the down is that like piles up and it just
association with how much warm air the down traps so when you go and you look
at how much loft is required for a sleeping bag to essentially be rated to
say 20 degrees like this we gotta throw vitals summit 20 degree sleeping bag so
the loft associated with a 20 degree sleeping bag compared to say the loft
associated with a negative 30 degree sleeping bag if you take 220 degree
sleeping bags it equals the same loft as a negative 30 degree sleeping bag so
when you take a 22 your sleeping bag and say your 20 degree ug cube and at top
quilt and you slide the top quilt inside the sleeping bag like so and then you climb inside you’ve
essentially created a poor man’s negative 30 degree sleeping bag now it’s
it’s not an exact science like I said with the sleeping pads try this out at
home you know like make sure that this is gonna work out for you make sure that
you know your sleeping bags can get you down to those temperature ratings I mean
I I know from my personal experience that like this set up here yes this can
be a negative 30 set up for me it does work I’ve I’ve experienced it I’ve done
it but like I said try it out at home so taking a 20 degree and a 20 degree or
under 7 sell season the negative 7 Celsius gets me down to negative 30
Fahrenheit which is about negative 30 Celsius you get a 20 fahrenheit and a 30
Fahrenheit can get me down to about negative 20 and then taking a 30
fahrenheit and a 30 fahrenheit gets me down to about negative 10 Fahrenheit
stacking sleeping bags is a great option yeah it’s gonna be a little bit heavier
it adds a little bit more bulk to your pack but when you’re getting started on
a winter camping you’re looking at you know the the prospect of dropping say
you know like 7 to 800 bucks on a 30 degree rated winter sleeping bag I think
like most people going with this set up and carrying a bit of extra bulk and you
know that the pound and a half of carrying a 20 degree top coat I think
it’s worth it so it’s just something to look into it is an option out there to
you know help extend the temperature rating of your sleeping bag if it gets
you out there and it gets you to experience when you’re camping and it
gives you a chance you can see a winter camping is even a thing for you before
you go drop in that kind of money and going invest in that kind of money
you’ve got through ground insulation we got through top insulation like I
promise you guys we’re gonna talk about a couple other tips and tricks for
extending the temperature ratings and you know boosting the warmth and
creating a little bit more comfort and your winter sleep setup it’s not so much
gonna boost the warmth of your sleep experience in the backcountry but it
does add some comfort and it absolutely does help cut down the condensation in
your tent and I’m talking about one of these usio candle lanterns if you’ve
never seen one of these guys before this little contraption folds up it’s got a
handle and it’s got a little hook on it and you will hang it from the top of
your tent or whatever don’t use it in a hammock cuz it hangs too freakin low but
you know in a tent it’s great this guy slides up you’ve got this
little protective glass cover that can slide down you can let
your candle so you’ve got a candle that’s about this long that sits inside
this thing and it’s a like a nine-hour slow burning candle so your light is
slides a little glass piece up and hang it up this is not a tent heater by any
way shape or form guys and gals so it does create a little warm spot at the
top of your tent like when you sit up you will definitely notice the heat
coming off this thing but like it’s not going to make your tent warm but it does
help cut down the condensation which is awesome it one of the downsides of
winter camping is dealing with condensation on the inside of your tent
so you know having one of these is a pretty cheap inexpensive way of helping
cut down the condensation another really cheap way of adding a little bit of
warmth to your sleep setup in the winter is adding one of these simple packable
throw blankets get them really cheap at Costco and this one here happens to be
the lazy bear synthetic throw but you know you can get one of those like
little Costco down throws or whatever they weigh like a town they pack down
super small you know toss in your pack whatever one of my personal favorite
ways of keeping warm for winter camping is carry one of these guys
I’m sure if you guys have seen any of my summer videos you guys know I’m a huge
lover of the smart water bottles for my water system but in the wintertime I
think carrying a Nalgene is the smartest things you can do simply because a
Nalgene handles hot boiling water without an issue so what I do every
single night before I go to bed boil up a liter of water pour it into my Nalgene
and one of the biggest tips that I can give you if you’re gonna use a boiling
Nalgene bottle in the winter time and I just I’ve seen it happen to a couple of
my friends so I think it’s worth pointing out make absolute sure you
check the inside of the lid for any little bit of ice that may be inside
there what I’ve seen happen to a couple of my friends is they boil their water
they go and thread the lid on they do the upside down test it’s fine the hot
water inside melts that layer of ice and all of a sudden you’ve got a gap they
throw it inside their sleeping bag half the bottle leaks inside their sleeping
bag hiking out in you know minus 20 at 2:00 in the morning because you know I
mean friends sleeping bag is completely soaked and it’s gonna be a really rough
night so hot water bottle is a great way to
boost the warmth of your sleep setup now personally I never go with just the hot
water bottle I will always carry spare pair of socks and this pair of socks is
not for my feet whatsoever I mean like in an absolute emergency if it was the
last pair of socks I have yes I would wear these but like in when it comes to
a winter camping situation I carry a pair of wool socks specifically for my
Nalgene bottle and I will basically just put the wool socks like stretch one sock
over and put the other one on the other way you creates a nice little like an
insulated koozie for the Nalgene bottle and just helps keep that water warm
longer and the advantage to that as well is you know in the morning you’re gonna
wake up with a liter of water that’s not frozen well if you guys are still
watching you guys obviously want more tips I got one more for you guys this is
an Sol escape bivy this is like one of those really really cheap like emergency
baby sacs you see it like your m ec or your REI or you know any your like
outdoor retail or whatever like I pick this one up for 20 bucks this like just
permanently lives in the very bottom of my winter hiking pack but yeah it’s just
like a little cheap like you know bivy or whatever it’s got like a little like
a foil kind of layer inside you know it’s you basically just slide your
entire sleep set up inside these things it you know
covers you up kind of works like the same way as like your rain shell does
for like holding heat in that little like reflective gray layer holds a
little bit more in so you know another great like cheap way of boosting the
rating of your sleep setup like yeah like I said this just permanently lives
in the bottom of my pack so you know always there if I need it that’s all we
got for this one today guys if you guys got any questions at all about any of
the gear or any of the tips that I’ve talked about today feel free to drop
them in the comment section I’d love to help you guys out a little bit more if I
can like I said at the start please go check out all the channels are gonna be
linking down below there’s gonna be a whole bunch of different tips and tricks
coming out for different winter backpacking and winter camping scenarios
so please go check those out big thanks to Dan Aurora getting the
ball rolling on this compilation it was a ton of fun and you know if you guys
are looking forward to some more winter camping stuff from myself please let me
know and you know open right here you guys are gonna see teepee camping and
mine is 20 you know I did a winter camping trip recently with couple buddy
it was a ton of fun hope you guys check that one on and enjoy but as always guys
Hammadi thank y’all so dang much for watching I’ll see you on the next one

16 thoughts on “How to winter camp for cheap! Winter Camping Tips For Staying Warm!

  1. finally someone who knows what they are talking about
    (what i mean is you know how and have done it, to stretch 3 season equipment to 4 seasons without spending hundreds of dollars on new equipment)
    The rest of the people are unfortunately jokes
    BUT
    candle lantern and carbon monoxide poisoning is a real deadly NO

  2. Never would have thought about that with the Nalgene. Great job pointing it out! I have stacked a 30° synthetic and 50° down bag on a trip. It got down to 15°F overnight and I stayed warm with an xlite. It works for sure

  3. Put the nalgene in a ziplock bag just in case it leaks. I also like to throw a couple of hand warmers in the bottom of my bag to get out nice and toasty! And Change your clothes!!!!! The clothes you had on all day have moisture in them, get out of them and into dry clothes!

  4. Hey, Matty ! Thanks for video! have you ever tried to sleep on top of Fjol pad at winter?
    I would like to see video testing with draumr and fjol at colder temps.

  5. Synthetic stacks the same basically. I used to carry a 40degree and a 22degree on winter treks. I posted a video a few days about testing gear at home. It's really important. Never want to find failures on the trail.

  6. Good tips man. Luckily it just don't get that cold here, maybe down in the teens "Fahrenheit". But good info, if I ever decide to stay overnight in winter. Stay safe and good adventures man!

  7. Very good video subject. Very good tips. I like it so much I’m going to subscribe to your channel. I cover the floor of my tent with four then when shield reflectors with reflective material on it that I got from the one dollar store. It makes one huge of a difference. I sleep on a 3 inches thick cushion that offers me the comfort and the warmth I have all my own bed at home. It’s a little bit heavier but there’s nothing better than that in my opinion. I also use the SOL escape bivy over my sleeping bag and throw hand warmers pouches inside of it. With this set up, sometimes I get hot. What scent do you use for winter backpacking? Thank you so much for sharing this video. God bless you.

  8. Nice shout out for reflectix – I use reflectix for extra shoe or boot warmth – I cut it to fit under the insole – works well, it's thin but effective. Gossamer Gear sells a very lightweight 1/8" relatively cheap foam pad you can use to boost your sleeping pad R value – it weighs around 3 ounces. They have a 1/4 inch version that is super effective but more expensive and heavier. Thanks for your ideas, very helpful !

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