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PK Podcast 026: Kevin Callan On The Joys Of Winter Camping

PK Podcast 026: Kevin Callan On The Joys Of Winter Camping

Kevin Callan is well known as a paddler and author of many canoe-route guidebooks for his native province of Ontario, Canada. He’s also known as the Happy Camper, and he certainly has always been happy when I’ve camped or chatted with him. Kevin has been a guest on my podcast before and today I’m delighted to welcome him back again to talk about another shared passion of ours – winter camping….

Winter Bivvying – How To Stay Warm In A World Of Cold

Winter Bivvying – How To Stay Warm In A World Of Cold

Winter means different things to different people. Moreover, the degree of winter conditions as you range from the tropics to higher latitudes varies immensely. There are, of course, nuances and subtleties to each winter bivvy situation. A knowledge of some widely-applicable winter bivvy “rules” is, however, a good starting place. Combine this with a good understanding of the fundamentals of how heat is lost to a cold environment plus how these apply specifically to the use of a bivvy, sleeping bag and sleeping mat combination, and you will significantly enhance your winter bivvy experiences. Understanding what you need to do, how to do it and having some experience under your belt, will stand you in good stead to weather difficult situations and, in extremis, may just save your life…

Winter Woodland Wildcamping: 21 Tips & Tricks

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…

How To Live In A Heated Tent

How To Live In A Heated Tent

A heated tent is a fantastic way to spend the long, dark nights of winter outdoors, particularly in the deep cold of the far north. While a modern four-season mountain tent – or even a bivvy – may be tolerable for a few nights out in sub-zero temperatures, when it comes to truly living outdoors for an extended period in a winter environment, nothing beats a heated tent. Hot tenting has a lot going for it. First – and very…

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Axe Choice For The Northern Forest

Axe Choice For The Northern Forest

In the Northern Forest, an axe is your most important cutting tool. There is a general trend amongst outdoors people to carry quite small axes. These small axes are very wieldy, yet you can apply to them to large jobs such as felling trees as well as quite fine jobs such as carving useful implements and splitting quite fine firewood. However, in the Northern Forest, it’s my view, that a larger axe than this has specific advantages…

Tree Felling For Winter Firewood: Axe and Saw

Tree Felling For Winter Firewood: Axe and Saw

In this video I look at felling dead, standing timber for firewood in winter. The felling technique involves the use of both the axe and the saw to create a very controlled cut and fall. Further, axe and saw techniques for sectioning the trunk are demonstrated and discussed. Whether you are hot-tenting or bivouacking with a fire, these skills should be in your winter bushcraft repertoire. I hope you enjoy the video and find it useful. Let me know what…

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Winter Magic: Return To The Northern Forest

Winter Magic: Return To The Northern Forest

Each winter I like to get away to the snow. I enjoy winter mountain walking in Scotland. Ski touring in Norway is also a favourite. But the northern forest in winter has a special allure which is hard to escape. I’ve experienced this environment many times and I’ve certainly written about my love of it before. Despite many visits, the pull of the boreal forest seems to grow stronger with greater familiarity. I’m not the only one to be drawn…

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How to Dress for the Far North on a Budget

How to Dress for the Far North on a Budget

Having written articles on cold injuries and cold weather clothing, I’ve had a lot of people ask about clothing on a tighter budget than I allow myself as a professional instructor. I happened to have a conversation about this with a student of mine, Barry Smith; he offered to jot down his thoughts as he had budgeted in this way more recently than I had…

How To Split Firewood on Snow: Key Axe Techniques

How To Split Firewood on Snow: Key Axe Techniques

The amount of firewood required in the northern forest in winter demands the use of an axe. Unlike staying in a cabin, however, when staying in a heated tent you are unlikely to have the use of a chopping block. So, you need to have a repertoire of axe techniques that include being able to safely split logs on snow as well as easily produce…