Introduction to Winter Camping


Description: Winter and cold weather add unique challenges to any camping or backpacking trip. Join the REI Outdoor School instructors to learn how to make a comfortable home for yourself in the winter. We'll leave the trailhead for a hike until we find that little patch of ground we can call home. Then we'll set up a model campsite using proper Leave No Trace skills. Our instructors will show you where to position your kitchen area, your "bathroom facilities" and your tent site for maximum safety and comfort. Food storage and wildlife safety will also be covered. Our goal is to teach practical winter camping skills for use in every cold weather situation, from car camping to long-distance backpacking.

Skills you'll learn:

Learn what it takes to set-up a winter campsite, Learn different methods of winter travel, Learn how to Dress for Success on your winter outings.

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

Introduction to Winter Camping Information

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Introduction to Winter Camping Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Warm Hat
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Warm Gloves
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Personal Snacks
  • Hiking Boots
  • 2 Liters of Water - At least 2 Nalgene sized water bottles or a large Camelback style reservoir
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.


  • Hiking Poles - REI will provide but you are welcome to bring your own.
  • Gaiters

Gear provided by REI:

  • Group First Aid Kit