Is winter camping a good idea?

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X

Imagine willingly going to sleep outside for a week at a time. There are people out there who just love to winter camp. From testing their survival skills, hunting and fishing for their food to just being in the beauty of the outdoors. But winter camping is not something you should take jokingly. IT can be very dangerous from frost bite to hypothermia.

Rob Milne has been winter camping for many years now even though he just hit the age of twenty. He knows excatly what it takes and what to take when going out.

“Knowing how to keep your self warm enough, knowing how to layer properly. It goes exactly like living in the city, if you know how to layer properly and what to wear you’ll be a lot warmer when your walking downtown.”

He sees great life experience coming from camping, learning how to survive and fend for your self. From being in scouts at a young age he learned that the simple most important thing to know is, how to start a fire. He believes that this should be a mandatory skill to have as many scenarios could be drastically better, like if your car broke down in the middle of nowhere.

“Your car doesn’t retain heat, knowing how to start a fire in the winter is a really good skill to have.”

Tim Hodges works at Forest City Surplus and he sees many eager campers come in for supplies some looking for winter experiments. When given the chance to give some advice he compares winter to summer camping.

“From a jog through the block to running a marathon, so it’s going to be a lot more extreme.”

This activity is a true test of survival skills, form keeping warm to obtaining food if you really want the outdoor experience. Both Milne and Hodges agrees that for anybody who wants to go out and try it, go with an expert to start off, and to get them to check your bag to make sure you have everything you will need.

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