Tarp Camping in WinterTarp tents are almost always a great idea. They cut down on a huge amount of weight and let you get closer to nature, which is never a bad thing. But how practical are they for winter? Well that depends. Before you take your tarp camping in winter ask yourself a few things....
- What does the weather report say?
- What kind of wind and snow conditions can I expect?
- What kind of tarp do I have?
There's also the question of what kind of tarp you're taking with you for winter camping. Many tarps are nothing more than a rectangular piece of fabric that you use trekking poles or trees to help form in to the shape of a shelter. Other tarps though are made with a specific set up in mind and are really more like tents without a floor. As you can guess the rectangular piece of fabric might not be well suited to camping in winter, while the tarp tent that is a tent without a floor would be ideally suited to winter weather conditions.
Ideal Tarps for Winter CampingHere are a few tarp tents that are a bit more robust and that would be well suited to camping in winter.
- Black Diamond Beta Light - A two peak tarp from one of the better known names in outdoor equipment. The design is unique but offers good protection right down to the ground to cut winter winds.
- GoLite Shangri-La 1 - A brand well known to lightweight backpacking enthusiasts, GoLite's Shangri-La 1 tarp tent is a well designed piece of equipment that has an optional floor attachment, making it particularly versatile.
- GoLite Shangri-La 2 - Same as the Shangri-La 1 but with room for 2. GoLite also makes a three person and a five person version of this tent if you're travelling with a larger group. Both of them can be found over at the lightweight tarp tents list.
- Sierra Designs Origami 2 UL - A unique five point design makes the Origami ideal for shedding wind no matter what direction it blows from.
- MSR Twin Sisters - Don't let the name fool you, this shelter is men friendly too. The Twin Sisters comes with a snow skirt so you're protected right down to the ground. You wont have to worry about getting a gust of snow blown wind in the face at night.