Winter Camp 2014
out my whole winter camp experience I found that the three things that
we did well was, prepare a great meal, maintain a good size fire to keep
us warm , and keep warm throughout the night.
meal for the night we made our own pizzas out of pita bread, tomato
sauce, shredded cheese , and sliced pepperoni. It was a fast cooking
meal and it worked out well , it was a great tasting meal and it was
filling and held me off for the rest of the night. We all kept warm
through the night and came prepared, we all had at least 3 extra pairs
of socks, came with great sleeping bags, and layered well, no body was
complaining that they where cold or wet. The fire we had built was a
long lasting fire, we started it off a little small to cook our food on
and later on in the night made a larger fire to sit around and keep
warm. We prepared in advance for making a fire by gathering a large
amount of dry wood and birch bark to make a great fire.
The that we could have improved was the platform of our Quinzhee and the vent hole too.
platform of our Quinzhee was a little bit slanted towards the entrance
and could have been a little more evened out, it was like when we dug
out the entrance and dug down and back up, we kept on digging upwards,
so the platform could have been more leveled. We could have made a
larger vent hole to allow more air circulation.
5 things to recommend:
5 things that i wold recommend to someone who is going winter camping
for their first time is to , make a good leveled out platform inside so
you dont slide to the entrance of the Quinzhee , have a decent size vent
hole not too big or small so you can have just the right amount of air
flow through your Quinzhee while still staying warm, bring extra
blankets just in case you get colder through out the night you can just
throw another blanket over top of you or in your sleeping bag, put down a
tarp and the right amount of mats so you dont get cold from laying on
the ground and the mats will separate you from the cold, and the last
thing i'd recommend is to cover your entrance before you go to sleep.
My vision of our Quinzhee before we stated building was that it was
that it was going to be very tall and wide with lots of space inside and
could fit 1 extra person and have good large entrance, and also have
big thick walls around the fire pit. The outome of the Quinzhee wasnt
far off from what I expected it to be. It wasnt as wde as i thought it
would be but was taller than I thought it would have been. We just had
enough space to fit every person in the group making for a comfortable
space between each of us and to have a good sleep.
Staying inside the Quinzhee for the night was better than i thought. I
ended up getting a fair amount of sleep and i was comfortable in my
sleeping bad so i fell asleep pretty quick. I did wake up in the middle
of the night a little bit wet because i slid out of my sleeping bag a
little but i just switched sweaters to solve that problem. From what i
have heard my experience of a sleep wasnt really different than everyone
elses, most other people got around the same amount of hours of sleep
and remained warm through out the night.
that the improvements that should have been made are that the walls
around the fire could have been a bit bigger, we could have had a bigger
vent hole to let the air circulate a bit more, and have a more level
I defiantly enjoyed winter camp and sleeping in the quinzhees and would for sure do it again.