Winter Camping Course – Continue Camping Throughout the Year With a Light Backpack

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Hiking and camping in winter is surprisingly straightforward, if you know how to go about it.

The biggest challenge of winter camping is the coldness and how everything is frozen. Every hiker will freeze as well if they just sit still. Where in summer you can just hang around and see how the day goes, in winter you have to know what to do and how to do things to stay warm and happy.

Nuuksio National Park snowshoe in winter
If you like being in nature and hiking, don’t give up for the whole winter. These kinds of days warm your mind a lot in the middle of all the darkness and cold.

This course is about how to do things while moving and when camping. The goal is for you to be able hike and camp in winter, in a forest like Nuuksio National Park, by yourself after buying what you’re missing.

Snow conditions permitting we can do the course with snowshoes.

Temperature limit for the course is around -15 C. It’s about comfort, not to make your first winter camping experience too demanding.

We hike responsibly and respect the nature. We leave only footprints behind.

Nuuksio National Park in winter, camping with snowshoes.
There’s more freedom in winter camping because when it’s -18 C, there are no mosquitoes.

  Who’s This Course For

  • You’ve hiked in summer season and maybe down to freezing, and now you want to hike in winter and on snow.
  • You want to try if winter hiking could be your thing, or absolutely not, without buying all the expensive winter gear.
  • You own three season gear and you want to know how you can use them in winter, or can you? (Own gear not required for the course.)
  • You don’t want to go to the middle of a forest in winter alone, in your summer gear, to see what will happen.
  • You want to start practicing winter camping safely in forest and maybe later go to more difficult environments, once you’re certain of your skills and gear.
  • You want to know if it’s possible to be ultralight in winter as well.
Nuuksio National Park snowshoe in winter
One or two nights winter hike in a hilly forest is nice to do on snowshoes. If there’s lot’s of snow you’ll get a lot more out of Nuuksio with snowshoes, you can access places other people don’t go in winter.

Two Ways to Do the Course

You can take this course in two different ways:

  1. Borrow all the gear from me.
  2. Take your own three season gear and we’ll go through how you can use them in winter and what limitations they have, and you can borrow what extra you need from me, like down jacket, another sleeping bag or sleeping pad.

If you borrow the gear from me, everything will work and you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of ultralight backpacking, even in winter.

If you use your own gear, you’ll learn how to use them in winter and what kind of things you’re missing that you’ll need to buy, if you want to start camping in winter.

 

In case you just want to experience winter camping in Finnish forest without doing all the things yourself, see my winter camping trips.

 

 Information

Hiking season: winter

Availability: winter, usually from December to end of March, temperature limit -15 C

Duration: 2 days and 1 night

Destination: Nuuksio National Park near Helsinki

Transport: pickup from your accommodation anywhere in Helsinki Metropolitan Area, travel time from Helsinki is around 30 minutes

Start time: when you want

Group size: private, 1 or 2 and guide

Food and drinks: includes everything you need on the trip (inform of allergies or diets when booking)

Hiking gear and clothing: includes all the gear and clothing for every weather (fits approx. 150-195 cm tall, shoe sizes 36-47)

What you need to have: toothbrush and underwear, personal medication and hygiene products, I also recommend having your own clothing for walking

 

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Talvitelttailu Nuuksiossa
Three season gear can be used in winter as well, but you need to know their limitations before putting yourself in danger.

  Course Program

Notice there isn’t a strict schedule on the course, it’s over when we’ve dealt all the topics. We’ll spend two relaxed days in nature.

Transport to course destination, I’ll pick you up from your accommodation.

Borrow outdoor clothing and gear

Hiking and camping gear for winter conditions and extra clothing. All you need to have are clothes you can walk to my car in, but I do recommend using your own winter clothing you’d use to hiking by yourself. You can change clothing in a warm place.

Gear and clothing you can borrow:

  • Sleeping bags, pads and a tent for winter conditions.
  • Backpack.
  • Snowshoes and poles.
  • Insulated bottles and a hot water bottle.
  • Warm jacket, fleece, trousers, socks, mittens, beanie and scarf.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers, shoes, gloves and a hat so that you’ll stay dry.
  • Headtorch, towel etc.

Walk into nature.

Do things in ways that work in winter to keep warm during the day.

Everybody winter hikes, so:

  • Hikes in wintery forest.
  • Takes breaks without freezing.
  • Notices differences to hiking in the same places in summer.
  • Sets up camp.
  • Gets water.
  • Gets to the safety of tent and sleeping bag.
  • Cooks dinner.
  • Makes preparations for the night and next morning.
  • Makes breakfast without getting out of the sleeping bag.
  • Takes down the camp and packs their backpacks.

We’ll go through all the winter gear and what’s important in every piece. All the important bits you’ll later find in my gear list.

Learn meta skills so all the small things that make hiking enjoyable and safe.

Ask all the time about everything you have on your mind about winter camping.

Transport back to your accommodation.

 

After the course:

You’ll get a winter gear list and a calculator for two sleeping bags combined warmth in email.

Buy the winter gear you’re missing with my gear list and you can ask me for help and opinions on WhatsApp or email.

Talvitelttailu Nuuksiossa
Cold weather brings it’s own challenges for using stoves. Almost all stoves work in winter, but you need to know how to use them. No stove works “automatically” in winter, every one of them has their own tricks you need to do, and those are the kinds of important winter skills you need. Here I’m melting snow for water.
Talvitelttailu Nuuksio, juomavesi
Getting water is one challenge more for winter camping. If there’s snow you can melt it, but that takes a lot of fuel and it takes long. Running water is a lot easier to use, but where can you get running water in winter?

 What You Get

  • Learn the basics of winter camping.
  • You get to try winter camping without buying lot’s of new gear.
  • Knowing how to do things is really important in winter and you get to lear those without freezing yourself.
  • Learn how to stay as warm as possible.
  • You’ll know what to do if you get cold at night.
  • If you have three season gear you’ll learn how you can use them in winter, what limitations they have, and what you need to buy if you want to camp in winter.
  • See how it’s possible to be ultralight in winter as well, without a heavy backpack.

 

  What You Don’t Get

  • Common hiking basic skills, this course is dedicated for the challenges of winter.
  • Practice different ways of moving in winter, like skiing and pulling a pulka.
  • All the necessary skills for polar expeditions, this course’s goal is to get you camping in forest in winter.
Talvitelttailua Nuuksiossa
Everybody’s dream home, right?

What if I Want to Go Home in the Middle of the Night?

Then I’ll take you home, even in the middle of the night.

You’re trying winter camping for the first time so you can’t know what it’s like for you. I don’t expect enduring endless discomfort.

This is supposed to be fun and a bit exciting, not surviving.

But before we’ll pack things up and go home, some skills become useful once again and maybe there’s an ace up someone’s sleeve.

Nuuksio National Park in winter. Snowshoe trail at night with headtorch. Finnish nature near Helsinki, Finland.
Midwinter’s days are short so hiking with a headtorch is quite common. If you’ll camp at sunset, at 3 P.M., and wake up at sunrise at 9.30 A.M, it’s going to be a long night.

Ask Anything About This Course

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  Prices

210 € / person

Price includes tax (VAT 24%)

You will only pay for the number of people actually taking part. If someone can’t come for any reason, you don’t pay any extra.

 

Booking

Booking Fee

There is no booking fee, you only pay after the tour. You trust me with taking you deep in to the forest with a labyrinth of trails and no signs, I trust you to respect your booking, or at least cancel well in advance.

Cancel or Change Your Booking at Any Time

You can cancel your booking at any time, no questions asked, or change any of the information on the booking form, including the date of your tour, by contacting me through email or WhatsApp.

Payment Methods

You can only pay after the tour, so you know what you are paying for. You can pay with cash or with any of the following payment cards:

  • MasterCard
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  • American Express
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