Winter camping isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a camping enthusiast with the proper equipment you may want to give it a try. My first winter camping experience was just over thirty years ago. The ground was hard, and the trails were icy, but my friends and I still managed to have an amazing time. We didn’t have access to the state-of-the-art equipment available today. In fact, we camped in tents without floors and our beds consisted of fallen leaves and a heavy tarp for ground cover. A good sleeping bag, wool socks and layers of insulated clothing were necessities of survival. Most importantly, we all made sure we kept the campfire burning.
I still have vivid memories of one of the new guys as he carried two cast iron Dutch ovens up the icy trails behind us. The occasional bang and rolling clatter were enough to assure us he was still there. Our backpacks were filled with all we would need to enjoy a cold winter weekend away with friends. We’d clear our site, set the tents and hunker down for the weekend to enjoy the peacefulness of nature and the comradery of our camping family of friends.
Today modern recreational vehicles have expanded our camping seasons and allowed for a comfortable retreat from cold winter winds. Polar packages with ducted heated underbellies, heavy insulation and even fireplaces have become common place. If you love camping and have the equipment it’s time to find a few year-round campgrounds to enjoy. Some members of my Camp New England Facebook group have recommended Aces High RV Park (CT), Peppermint Park Camping Resort (MA), Green Mountain Family Campground (VT) and Ammonoosuc Campground (NH). Let me know about your favorite year-round spots as well as your own camping experiences. I’d love to hear from you.
Remember, we are only limited by what we think is impossible.