Outdoor life in Montana: Winter camping

January 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Outdoor life in Montana: Winter camping.

I joined a couple of friends on a winter camping trip last weekend in preparation for a trip to photograph muskoxen in winter in Norway. It was a good opportunity to test out some new camping gear and photo equipment. It was not terribly cold, but it was very windy and snowing hard with considerable accumulation during the night; probably close to a foot (30 cm) or so. The tent held up well, but I got up regularly during the night to clear snow off the tent and the sides to keep the fly from pushing on the inner tent. The snow is about 4-5 ft (120-150 cm) deep, so snow shoes or wide skis are essential. I used my snow shoes to compact the snow at the tent side. When you compact the snow it becomes quite hard, allowing a person to stand, walk, and lie down on the snow, well above the actual ground, without sinking into the snow. The tent is secured with snow stakes (extra wide stakes with holes in it) and snow anchors. The snow stakes and anchors are very solid in compacted snow. I also tied some parachute cord to the tent and trees to help stabilize the tent in the wind.

 

Some of the new equipment included a flexible tripod and clamps mounted on my sled. A remote control allows me to photograph myself as I am pulling the sled.

 

Marcel Huijser straps on harness to pull cargo sled on winter camping trip, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana, USA.

Marcel Huijser straps on harness to pull cargo sled on winter camping trip, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana, USAMarcel Huijser straps on harness to pull cargo sled on winter camping trip, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana, USAMarcel Huijser straps on harness to pull cargo sled on winter camping trip, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana, USA

Marcel Huijser pulls a cargo sled to winter camp site, Montana, USA

Marcel Huijser pulls a cargo sled to winter camp site, Montana, USAMarcel Huijser pulls a cargo sled to winter camp site, Montana, USAMarcel Huijser pulls a cargo sled to winter camp site, Montana, USA

Tent and cargo sled in the snow, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana, USA.

Winter camping trip, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana, USAWinter camping trip, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana, USAWinter camping trip, Chief Joseph Pass, Montana, USA

 

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