I know snow camping intimidates a lot of people - but with a good weather window anyone can do what we did this last weekend! Paradise at Mount Rainier is a great place to start, you can literally head right out behind the lodge and set up camp to get your feet... frozen.❄️ Here are some tips to get you started:
Gear: If the weather is looking good and you aren’t worried about high winds you don’t have to own anything too burly. A three season tent will do with the addition of a waterproof footprint and snow stakes (which you bury in the snow). The most important part of your sleep set up is your sleeping pad but if you don’t own one with a high R value just slip an extra foam pad, like the @thermarest
z-rest under your pad for added warmth!
Snowshoeing: People tend to shy away from snowshoeing as if it’s completely different from walking. It’s not - strap those suckers on your feet and flail around until you get it right. But if you need one tip to start you off on the right foot it’s this: try to place an even amount of weight on the whole snowshoe as it touches the snow. That means don’t put the front down first, or press the sides in harder - you need to try and walk as flat footed as possible! Even going uphill and downhill. Start there and play around with it. Also, if you don’t own snowshoes no sweat - I’m sure someone near you rents them, for Seattleites check out @ascent.outdoors
Use the snow: Camping in the snow comes with some unique advantages. You can dig a little trough outside your tent door so you can sit up to put on your shoes, or design and execute an entire sunken kitchen! Have fun with your snow structures, maybe even look up how to dig a snow cave and remember what it feels like to be a kid again.
These are just three quick tips but there are a million more (and more details on these ones) on our blog! Link for our snow camping post is in the profile. Ask all the questions in the comments below and keep an eye on the weather for your next chance to get outside!