Winter Expeditions

Post image for The Best Clothing For Digging Out Snow Shelters

Snow shelters take different forms but have many commonalities. Digging them out can be warm work as well as creating problems with moisture in your clothing. I have found over the years, utilising some well chosen items of clothing for digging snow shelters can make all the difference between being damp and chilly afterwards or being warm and comfortable… Read more >>

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Post image for Winter Woodland Wildcamping: 21 Tips & Tricks

Winter woodland wildcamping takes a little more planning, organisation and efficiency than in the easier summer months but sleeping out in a winter bivvy in the temperate zones is well within the capabilities of most spring, summer and autumn campers. I’ve put together 21 tips for those who would like to try… Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 012: Lou Rudd On Unsupported Polar Journeys and Retracing Amundsen’s Route To The South Pole

Lou Rudd joins me to discuss making unsupported journeys to the South Pole including retracing Amundsen’s route. Along the way he provides insights on physical training, food, nutrition, personal admin and winter camping routines… Read more >>

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Post image for As Thick As A Capercaillie: How To Build A Long Log Fire

I have in the past written about the value of a long-log fire in the context of articles detailing the building of a lean-to shelter and later, the renovation of a previously used shelter. This has prompted readers to ask questions about the long-log fire itself, how it should be built, how it should be […] Read more >>

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Post image for PK Podcast 006: Winter Outdoor Life Tips, Thoughts And Perspectives

In episode 6 of my podcast I travel to northern Sweden for a winter camping trip and along the way pass on some advice for winter outdoor life, build a special survival fire and meet a Sami man who provides insight into his traditional way of life… Read more >>

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Post image for How To Generate Water In The Frozen North

Because they’re frozen, extreme cold environments are practically deserts. In this video and the associated article I share a couple of really effective methods of generating water in a frozen environment. Unless you have a specialist tool to cut through ice, getting at the water underneath the ice is extremely difficult. There is plenty of water present though, in the form of snow and the key to accessing it is… Read more >>

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Post image for Equipment For Ski Touring Adventures In Norway

The Norwegian winter mountain environment is challenging but with the right training, experience and equipment this terrain provides one of the best opportunities for wilderness adventure in northern Europe. In this article I run through in detail the equipment I am currently using for ski touring trips in Norway. Your backpack and its contents are your life support system… Read more >>

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Post image for Fjelltur: A Norwegian Adventure

Fjelltur is a film I made about a winter trip to Norway with two friends and the subsequent adventure we had. “Fjelltur” translates literally to mountain trip or mountain tour. This was always the intention of our trip, for us to make a ski tour in the mountains. Being a northener I appreciate the… Read more >>

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Post image for Northern Forest Fire Lighting Fundamentals: Pulling It All Together

Over the past few years I have created a number of tutorial articles and videos on fire techniques relevant to the north woods or northern forest in winter. Here I pull together all of these threads into one coherent resource along with some new material and answers to FAQs… Read more >>

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Post image for Arctic Lean-To Revisited

Lean-to shelters have become one of the touchstones of bushcraft, particularly northern forest bushcraft. They are often held up as superb survival shelter – in combination with a long log fire – ideal for surviving cold conditions with limited or no sleeping equipment. This combination is indeed very effective in keeping you warm through the […] Read more >>

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