Winter Hiking FAQ

Winter Hiking FAQ

Hello wonderer, welcome to my blog / documentary (blogumentary?): what to know about hiking during winter!

This FAQ serves as my table of content and questions to be answered before I enter the wilderness. You can read more about my goals and adventure plans from this post but in short: I’m going to find and test answers to winter hiking related questions that I have/had when I started planning for my “operation winter hike”.  You can find green, yellow, and black colour coding indicating wether I’ve resolved the question, working on it or haven’t started yet.

I’ve also categorised the questions in the most logical way for me. I hope it suits you too!

Oh, and if you have nay questions you’d like me to research, please leave a comment on this page.

Without further a due, here is the FAQ:

SURVIVAL SKILLS:

How to reliably create fire when it's super cold?
Answer will be here

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What to do when facing a bear or wolves?
Well to begin with: bears are asleep. Still figuring out the wolves though.

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How to dry my gear? And what to do when everything is frozen?
Go-to way is a drying rack. Build a rack with 3-4 sticks and place it close to fire. Make an H-shape. If you are above the tree line and you really need to get gear dry, you might want to light a stove inside your tent.
You can read the post I talk these in further detail here.

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How to navigate with a map and a compass when there is 1 meter+ snow everywhere?
Answer will be here?

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What trees I can cut in the are?
Answer will be here

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What trees I should cut to make fire?
Answer will be here

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NIGHT TIME AND SLEEPING:

How to avoid freezing water over night?
Answer will be here

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Which way should I sleep in tent to minimise condensation?
Answer will be here

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What to take with you in to sleeping bag?
Answer will be here

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What is a good sleeping bag for winter?
Answer will be here

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What is a good sleeping pad for winter? Should I use two sleeping pads?
Answer will be here

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What to wear in sleeping bag?
Answer will be here

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SETTING UP TENT:

How to minimise cold in the tent?
Answer will be here

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How to minimise condensation in the tent?
Answer will be here

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Which way to set up a tunnel tent?
Answer will be here

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How high elevation / what kind of location is best for the tent in terms of condensation VS. warmth?
Answer will be here

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What to know about using snow tent picks?
Answer will be here

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How to dry tent?
Answer will be here

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DRINKING WATER:

Can I use a water platter?
Answer will be here

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What to know about melting snow?
Answer will be here

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Can I drink from rivers when it's super cold?
Answer will be here

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Should I use a water cleaning pump or pills?
Answer will be here

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Will my water freeze in the rough sack?
Answer will be here

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Can I prevent water from freezing during the nights?
Answer will be here

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MOVING EQUIPMENT:

When should I ski?
Answer will be here

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When should I use snow shoes?
Answer will be here

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Is sledge a viable option?
Answer will be here

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Can I get around without sticks?
Answer will be here

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How to navigate in heavy snow fall, fog, etc.?
Answer will be here

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What is the right pace to move forward?
Answer will be here

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How far will I get in 1 hour, 2h, 4h, 6hours?
Answer will be here

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CLOTHING:

Dressing layers, what materials work best on what layers?
Answer will be here

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I really need to save some money and fleece is cheap. Is fleece good for base layer?
Answer will be here

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What to wear while working?
Answer will be here, celsius -5, -10, -15, -20

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What to know about sun glasses or skiing classes for hiking?
Answer will be here

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Are insulated boots a must, or will my army style boots be enough with wool socks?
Answer will be here

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What are warm enough gloves?
Answer will be here

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What to wear while taking a break?
Answer will be here, celsius -5, -10, -15, -20

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What to wear while spending time at camp?
Answer will be here, celsius -5, -10, -15, -20

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Is there something special to know about gloves, scarfs, socks, or head wear?
Answer will be here

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What kind of boots work best for me?
Answer will be here

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Are gaiters a must have?
Answer will be here

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GEAR:

What gear should I carry?
Answer will be here

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Which are the best gear to save money on?
Answer will be here

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Minimal grams or maximal comfort?
Answer will be here

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What kind of cooking equipment is the most versitile?
Answer will be here

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FOOD:

What to eat and how often?
Answer will be here

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What when food freezes?
Answer will be here

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What is the best way to boil water?
Answer will be here

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How to make fire reliably?
Answer will be here

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Food will weight a ton! how to optimise it?
Answer will be here

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Can I take beer with me? ...Please?
Answer will be here

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If you read this far, you know all there is to know about hiking during winter! ; )