Tips to take with you when the winter snow flies in camp.
Consider using a sled to drag extra-heavy winter pack
Bring a shovel to build wind barriers or snow shelters; compress entire camp area with boots for smooth sleeping and cooking
Bring repair kit for ripped packs or tents: Wrap duct tape around ski poles for storage; bring heavy thread and needles; spare pole basket; wire and pliers to fix snowshoes
Setting up camp
Face tent toward morning sun but only if away from blowing wind and snow
Anchor tent guy lines with snowshoes, buried tent stakes, sticks, or a loop around a packed mound of snow (bollard)
When snowing, even overnight, tap on tent walls; dig out tent sides to prevent collapse
Keep water bottles thawed at the bottom of your sleeping bag overnight
Consider a vapor barrier liner for your sleeping bag (this will keep in heat with your body moisture). Lowers bag rating by 10 degrees, but must wear a non-cotton base layer to wick moisture from the skin
Use extra foam sleeping pad under your regular pad at night
Go on a mini-hike before bed to raise body temperature
Keep batteries in your inner pocket to prevent freezing.
Change to dry underlayers before bed
Rehydrate often to stay warm; evaporation of sweat lets you forget you need water
Richard White II