We love snow camping for many reasons. There are no bugs or bears to worry about, there are far fewer tourists, and water is readily accessible in the form of snow. The only drawbacks are the cold and the early darkness.
We travel on snowshoe and bring lightweight gear. We sometimes camp in the snow, and sometimes stay in the Sierra Club huts. These huts are primitive shelters with a woodstove and a loft to sleep in. We always meet interesting people on the hut trips.
There is a beauty to the winter landscapes that you can't see the rest of the year. The stillness and cold, offset by the warmth of the tent is what inspires many of my paintings.
As conscientious users of the backcountry, we do our best to practice Leave No Trace camping whenever possible. To learn about ways to reduce impact when visiting these beautiful places, read the Leave No Trace principles.
A backcountry hut in the Canadian Rockies.
A scary climb over a snow-covered boulder field in the Rockies.
Sun streaming over a trail in the Coast Mountains of BC.
Behold my duct tape gaiters! Coast Mountains, BC
We didn't reach the campsite by dark, but the sunset was beautiful.
Another sunset over the Coast Mountains.
Ostrander Ridge in Yosemite.
Snowshoeing through heavy snow in the Sierras.
Travis and I on a snowshoe trip near Donner Pass in Tahoe.