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Winter Camping

I'd like to do some winter camping but I'm not sure how to deal with the condensation that builds up in the tent in cold temperatures. Any suggestions?
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Re: Winter Camping

Gas heaters and body moisture is always a problem. The only trick I know is to leave a window or flap open,. Defeats the whole purpose of heating the tent. Using a wood stove is less problematic but not practical unless its a big tent with vent stack hole

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Re: Winter Camping

Not sure if your talking about back packing or a bigger tent. I have a two person tent when backpacking. I keep a small section at the top of my front flap un-zippered. Seems to help out a lot.

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Re: Winter Camping

You would also want to keep a flap or window open slightly to keep carbon monoxide from building up . With a vent or window open , your heat will rise and escape . We used a small tent light with a built in fan . It helped direct the heat back down to the floor for more consistent warmth .
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Re: Winter Camping

Reminds me of the times I survived cold winter nights camping without any heat. I always carry a emergency blanket in a day pack, that reflects human heat from the body. Saw they have emergency sleeping bags. Anyone camping in cold weather should prepare for no external heat. But that can be better said than done.
Out on walks an hikes this year testing equipment and clothing for nights without heat, even in the house at night with a power failure. In my house I have wood by the fireplace an a small propane heater for occasional heat.
If there is a trick, its only heating the body. Not the whole room where you are. A lot get prepared for cold winter nights, if only they have external heat.
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Re: Winter Camping

I never noticed condensation as a problem, sometimes you'll get pretty heavy frost around the open edge of your sleeping bag. But I guess my tents breath well. If the snow is deep I'll pile it on the tent to cut down on ventilation. In the night I hang a candle till I go to sleep and I imagine that dries the upper air. A stove or mantle lantern in the morning really warms and takes the cold touch out of things. Going to an all day auction in upstate New York tomorrow so I took the tent up the mountain today for a sleepout Saturday night. Rumor has it that it will be chilly by Sunday morning.




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Re: Winter Camping

This was some pics from last year. I always try to pick either the coldest night or one with a blizzard as I like waking up with the tent covered in snow. No snow coming down last year but according to the weather station in Montrose it was a -14 night. Went in on snowshoes so that was real nice, snowshoeing is one of my favorite things. Ran my trapline for weeks last year on snowshoes.






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