Cold Weather Camping isn’t for Everyone,


For our extreme campers, hunters, and wild-life survualists, it’s a time to test your limits and experience a side of nature few humans ever witwitnessness. Experienced outdoorsman understand that proper preparation and quality gear are key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable winter camping trip. At Stout Tent, we understand the demands of cold weather camping, and we have compiled all of our resources together and created our Snowy Climates website full of advice, product recommendations, and testimonials from our outdoor living experts on cold weather camping.

Canvas against Cold

Canvas tents are the preferred choice amoung cold-weather campers, and for good reason. Stout Tent bell tents excel in cold conditions, providing the warmth and resilience needed when temperatures plummet. Canvas material is breathable, effectively reducing condensation buildup compared to synthetic materials. Its insulating properties offer better heat retention, making it an ideal option for chilly nights. Even with proper bedding, a beanie, and good insulation, adding a heater can effectively take the edge off when temperatures drop below 40°F at night. For further insights on heating your tent, check out our blog post on heating a canvas tent.

When considering an inside heat source, it’s crucial to ensure your tent is prepared for it. Our Overland and PRO Series Stout Tent models are crafted from FR canvas and meet CPAI-84 standards, making them a great choice for accommodating wood-burning stoves or heaters. These tents are designed with safety in mind, featuring fire-resistant materials to enhance protection. However, it’s essential to remember that no tents are truly “fire-proof,” and strict safety measures should always be observed. The Ultimate series does not come with a stove jack or fire-retardant canvas, so for winter camping and setting up a stove or heater, our Pro and Overland series are recommended choices.

Gear Essentials

Equipping yourself with the right gear is pivotal for a successful cold weather camping trip. Thermal sleeping bags, insulated clothing layers, portable heaters, and wood burning stoves are just a few essentials that make a significant difference in combating the cold. When it comes to shelter, Stout Tent stands as your trusted partner, with durable canvas tents designed to withstand the harshest elements.

Extreme Winter Preparedness

When extreme cold weather strikes, it’s essential to be prepared. Winter storms aren’t only about freezing temperatures; they can lead to significant snow accumulation, power outages, and various risks like slips, falls, and indoor fires. According to‘s “Cold Weather Preparedness: A Guide to Winter Weather Survival,” winter weather-related fatalities often occur indirectly due to factors like accidents, heart attacks, and carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s crucial to  dress appropriately in multiple layers, and cover exposed skin with hats, scarves, and mittens.

The guide emphasizes the importance of proper clothing for extreme cold conditions: a moisture-wicking base layer, insulating mid-layers, and an outer layer providing protection from the elements. It also recommends avoiding overexertion while doing outdoor chores like shoveling snow and taking regular breaks to prevent strain. For outdoor activities like skiing or hiking, packing essentials such as dry clothing, emergency gear, and knowing survival skills become critical.

Cold Weather Camping with Stout Tent

In case of getting stranded or lost, having a vehicle survival pack and knowing how to build an emergency shelter are invaluable. For drivers caught in extreme weather, staying in the vehicle might be the safest option. After a storm, checking on neighbors, clearing snow, and assessing any property damage is vital. It’s crucial to review and restock emergency supplies, ensuring readiness for the next winter storm.

Stout Tent stands alongside outdoor enthusiasts, offering not just canvas shelters but a commitment to safety, comfort, and resilience in the face of freezing temperatures. From the exceptional insulating properties of canvas tents to the importance of choosing the right gear, our shared goal is to equip explorers with the knowledge and tools needed to conquer the challenges of cold weather camping. With an emphasis on preparation, quality gear, and safety measures, we endeavor to empower adventurers, hunters, and wildlife enthusiasts to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of winter landscapes while ensuring a safe and rewarding outdoor experience.

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