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Yahoo Sports lists five ‘must have’ items for winter camping

Winter Camping by Ron Cole (used under Creative Commons)

It wasn’t much of a winter for most of the U.S. (yet, anyway), but Kileen Gonzalez at Yahoo Sports penned her list of “must-have” items for winter camping.

At the top of Gonzalez’ list is a four-season tent. “You will want to look for a winter tent that has wide diameter poles, multiple areas to fasten guylines, ample ventilation, and plenty of room to store your bulkier winter gear,” she writes, adding that a ground tarp and wisk broom (to brush the snow off your clothes before entering the tent) are two good accessories. (We’d consider a ground tarp a must-have in any season.)

Gonzalez also lists insulated sleeping bags and pads and a portable heater/cook oven. A winter backpack rounds out her top five.

The entire list — and her rationale behind her picks — are in the article on the Yahoo Sports website.

REI’s guide to packing your backpack

Jansport Blue Ridge Backpack

REI has a nice guide on the proper way to pack a backpack. Proper packing is not always intuitive, despite the opening line of REI’s post. But learning to do it the right way will save you a lot of pain and maybe even prevent a ruined weekend. Among the key learnings: If at all possible, practice loading your pack at home, where you have the luxury of time and comfort. Follow your checklist (you made one, didn’t you?) to ensure you have all the gear you’ll need (and nothing else.)

Consider not only the weight of the items, but when you’ll need them. Rain gear? On top or in some other easily accessible spot. Your sleeping bag? The bottom of your pack is probably fine — it’s likely to be one of the last things you need.

There’s plenty of good advice in REI’s article, as well as useful charts and links to other information. Among them, not surprisingly, an article about how to choose a backpack to buy. Mercantile skeptisism aside, it’s a good reference piece and well worth a read.

Our friends at Jansport also have a video guide to loading a pack.

Trailcamper at Macworld | iWorld

We’re excited to be a part of Macworld | iWorld, the biggest, most influential technology conference devoted to Macs, iPhones and iPads. What is a camping site doing at a technology conference, you ask? We’re going to talk about about what happens when high adventure and high technology collide — the iOS apps that can make your camping trip even better, and how to make sure they stay powered for the whole trip.

Audio trip reports now available!


We’re very excited to introduce TrailCamper Audio Trip Reports — short audio-only snippets from our recent treks. We’ll be attaching these to our web reports, but in the meantime, our report from High Point State Park in New Jersey is available in three parts.

How to purify water

Our friends at Howcast produced a great video on something every camper should consider: how to purify water. After all, water is one of the most important–and heavy–item you can carry. Knowing how to purify what’s there, rather than carry in your own, can be a load off both your mind and your back.