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As spring approaches, it’s natural to start thinking about peak bagging, corn skiing and camping overnight in order to reach your objectives. If your ideal routes involve hard to reach zones or multi-day adventures, we have a list of tips and tricks to keep the stoke high and adventure continuous. Once you decide on an objective and head into the hills, here are a few things that can help you make the most out of your overnight adventure.
When determining where to camp, aim for the sun. Think about good eastern and western exposure for early and late day sunshine. Stay out of valleys and river beds. When the weather is clear, there is typically an inversion, meaning cold air sinks to the lowest possible place. Snow benches are a great place to camp as they can increase your temperature by 10 to 20 degrees. Now that you know how to locate a good camping zone, next we dive into advice on setting up camp.
Once you’ve located a good camping zone, consider these tips to ensure your campsite is set up efficiently and ready for the elements:
Now that your general zone is dialed, it’s time to set up your tent. Start with a ground sheet underneath in order to avoid ripping. We suggest positioning the tent 90 degrees from the wind and with your entrance pointing downhill. This will help keep you protected from the elements and keep cold air near the door. Be sure to anchor your tent very securely by burying anchor points in the snow (letting them freeze works wonders).
Once your camp is ready to go, here are a few other helpful tips to make the most out of your adventure:
When heading into the mountains, be sure to evaluate the weather, check out a skier’s guide to predicting a powder day here. And, check your local avalanche center’s website to get beta on the snowpack. Here’s a great article on how to think like an avalanche professional. Time to start planning.