6 reasons I love winter camping

If my vacation is miserable enough, life seems easier.

Just kidding.  Sorta.
When I was a kid I cursed my parents for living in stupid boring frozen Minnesota.  When I grew up I was leaving.  Then I grew up and found that I love it here.  Winter is awesome because it makes me awesome.  We’ve gone on two winter camping trips and are planning our third for mid January 2015.   We’re not that crazy.  I’ve got six good reasons that make it worth while.
Winter Camping

1) No Bugs!
Seriously winter kills all the icky things.  Without swatting and itching I can really notice how nice it is.Winter camping

2) Beautiful.
Didn’t you see Frozen?  The world becomes your crystal palace.  At first it can seem just stark in white, blue, gray and brown.   Stay out long enough and you see it glitters and glows and has purples and golds like no other time of year.  Winter

3) Peaceful.
It’s so quiet.  Not just because the water isn’t moving, and the leaves aren’t rustling, and the bugs aren’t buzzing.  There are so few people!  In the winter you don’t have the yokels loudly making fools of themselves the next campsite over.Winter Camping

4) Yummy.
Cold makes you burn calories and calories keep you warm.  Roasted nuts with chocolate and peanut butter.  Snickers, salami and cheese.  Dinner with bacon and butter.  Because the world is my refrigerator and fat is my fuel.Winter Camping

5) Cozy.
Yup, cozy, not cold. Because you’d be a fool to go unprepared.  So many layers!  So much sleeping bag.  Non-stop drinking tea, coffee, and coco.  Yeah, it’s cold out but I have all the means to be as warm as I want.Winter Camping

6) Bad ass.
It gives me a certain confidence.  As Bill Bryson put it “I wanted a little of that swagger that comes with being able to gaze at a far horizon through eyes of chipped granite and say with a slow, manly sniff, “Yeah, I’ve shit in the woods.”  then I get to add “in the snow.”Winter camping

So get outside!
Yeah it’s cold, but you’re a warm blooded creature.
It’s fun, I swear.

ps – These are very similar reasons to why I run outside in the winter too. 


Next in the winter camping storyline: All Packed!

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11 Responses to 6 reasons I love winter camping

  1. Caroline says:

    You are a badass! Looking forward to hearing/reading the vacation report. I am going to Puerto Rico in February. There will probably be bugs, but my soul needs the sunlight 🙂

    • Kym Zest says:

      Puerto Rico sounds fantastic! I have nothing against warm and sunny vacations. I suppose my 7th reason is that winter camping also fits my budget. Thanks for reading and commenting, it brightens my day 🙂

  2. Bonnie says:

    Enjoyed your article. As always. Did you know it was Bill Bryson’s birthday today?

    • Kym Zest says:

      OMG, no I did not know it was Bill Bryson’s birthday! Wow, he’s an author near and dear to my heart.
      Thanks for reading and sharing my post on twitter. I have an account, but I need to do something with it… Now I have a little more motivation!

    • jason storey says:

      particularly loved the Bryson paraphrasing. He’s really what got me into hiking and camping in the first place.

      • Kym Zest says:

        Bryson is great. I’ve reread A Walk In The Woods enough times in the woods that my hardcover copy is falling apart. Have you read Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage? Totally the other end of the spectrum, but it’s a great way to put a hard trip in perspective.

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