Winter Camping Lessons, Rocky Mountain National Park

On a winter camping trip to the Rockies I learned a bunch of lessons. Lesson #1 Digging out the footprint for your tent is time consuming and extremely exhausting after a long hike. The snow was over a foot deep and very dry which made packing it and staking the tent very difficult. Lesson #2 In sub freezing temperatures sleep with a hard shell water bottle not a soft one. In an effort to stay light I used a collapsible Nalgene canteen which I use in the summer. It performed just fine until I rolled over it inside my sleeping bag. I was drenched and the temperature hit -3 F that night. It sucked… Lesson #3 In subzero temperatures sleep with your fuel canister. Although I had the Jetboil isobutane/propane mix it failed to produce a consistent flame because of the cold. It sputtered frequently making cooking breakfast and melting…

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