- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books; 2nd edition (October 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 187823983X
- ISBN-13: 978-1878239839
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,720,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quite frankly, if you're not an experienced back-country skier or a snowshoer, Winter camping probably isn't a good place to start, anyway. This guide runs you through everything from layering your clothing to the type of boots that you should have. It's a comprehensive guide to Winter camping. Sounds great, but that carries some dangerous implications.
Winter camping has an additional level of danger in it, due to the inherent climate conditions, so going in unexperienced in clothing layers, boots, and gear is a potentially hazardous undertaking. I would get experienced with backcountry Winter day-trips, and be a pro at 3-season conditions, before taking on Winter camping (even after reading this book).
All in all, good book, but it's a little fluffy in the wording, and not very rich in more advanced info (health hazards, altitude+cold issues, tent anchor techniques (in high winds, low winds, soft snow, ice, etc), bad/extreme weather). In other words, if you've never been Winter camping, and you're beginner/intermediate with backcountry Winter explorations, consider that you may be heading into a dangerous situation, without proper experience and only a elementary understanding of the Winter camping environment and the potential hazards that exist.
On the whole, I was NOT disappointed. It has a wealth of information coming with someone with an extremely respectable amount of experience in the Winter bush. there is no faking it. This guy has put the time in the boots required to write this book and it shows and again I have great respect for that.
I however did feel the book was lacking for a title such as Winter Camping.
I say this because the book might have been better entitled "Backcountry Winter Travelling and Cold Tenting (cold camping)." With topics such as lodgepole tenting, hot tenting, or even use of a woodburning stove barely mentioned (hot tenting is my primary interest) it's certaintly NOT a Winter Camping bible but more of an exceptional textbook for Cold Camping and Winter travel on ski and snowshoe.
So, depending on what your main interest is, proceed with one bit of caution when contemplating this book.
If Hot tenting is your main interest I found days worth of information on the site WinterTrekking for free.
Also, U.S. military cold training operations and survival manuals will give you a brief once over with just enough info to prevent you from perishing.
Best wishes and stay warm!
Specific to this edition of the book are a handful of new pictures but most of the material is almost the same as the earlier edition, which is to say great. Thus if you can't get a hold of this edition not to worry as the previous edition is as good.