Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)


As the Indians
and Eskimos
of the Far North
life in the cold
need not be all
hardship and danger.
Winter can be
favorite season,
the bug-free season,
the time when
frozen lakes, rivers
and snow-filled forests
make perfect
highways for
fast and easy travel.
  -Stephen Gorman
  Winter Camping, 1991


How many rabbits
have you seen
sitting by a fire
to keep warm?
  --Ernest Wilkinson
  Snow Caves for
    Fun & Survival,


A snowshoe trail
on a sunny day
after a light
fall of snow
is a lovelier thing
than I can describe.
  --Elliott Merrick
  True North, 1933


Blizzard bad as ever--
Wilson and Bowers
unable to start--
tomorrow last chance--
no fuel and only
one or two of food left--
must be near the end.
Have decided it
shall be natural--
we shall march
for the depot
with or without
our effects and
die in our tracks.
  -- Robert Falcon Scott
  Terra Nova Expedition
  Antarctic Diary,
  message to the


the mossy trunks
are cased
in pure crystal;
each light spray,
nodding and tinkling
in the breath
of heaven,
is studded with its
trembling water-drops,
that glimmer with an
amethystine light.
  --William Bryant


must be read
as deliberately
and reservedly
as they are written.
  -- Henry D. Thoreau
  Walden: Reading, 1854





The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger (aka: LandNavMan), Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.


The "Snow Walker's
Companion" by Garrett
and Alexandra Conover
is an excellent book
on winter camping.


By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on November 12, 2009

Contents of page

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** Recommended


Basic Cold Weather Manual (Army FM 31-70)

Bill's Winter Camping Page

Building an Igloo

Cold Weather Camping

Cold Weather Sleeping Bags

Colorado Firstrax

Gorp--Winter Camping

How to Build a Snow Cave

Hypothermia Prevention, Recognition, and Treatment

Igloo Tool

NOLS: Cold Injuries

** Outdoor Action Guide to Winter Camping
by Rick Curtis
   An excellent source for information about winter camping,
   snow shelters, equipment, hypothermia, etc.

Tips for Building a Single-Pole Skiing Sled
by Tim Kelley

Snow Camping Primer

Winter Camping

Winter Camping and Hypothermia

Winter Camping Manual



Advanced Camping Techniques, by James Johnson (David McKay Co., 1967)

** Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book--Traveling and Camping Skills for a Winter Environment, by Allen O'Bannon (Chockstone Press, 1996)

Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Guide to Winter Camping--Wilderness Travel and Adventure in the Cold-Weather Months, by Stephen Gorman (Appalachian Mountain Club, 1991)

Arctic Manual, by Vilhjalmur Stefansson (Greenwood Press, 1974)

Backcountry Ski Camping, by Alan Bragg (Contemporary, 1978)

Basic Cold Weather Manual (Army FM 31-70)

Basic Essentials of Hypothermia, by William Forgery (ICS Books, 1991)

Camping Alone in Winter, by Anthony Piccione (Slow Loris Press, 1976)

Camping Year Round--A Guide to Equipment and Technique, by Jeffrey Bairstow (Random, 1983)

Canadian Scout Handbook (Boy Scouts of Canada)

** Cold Comfort--Keeping Warm in the Outdoors, by Glenn Randall (Nick Lyons Books, 1987). Now known as the Outward Bound Guide to Staying Warm in the Outdoors Handbook.

Cold Weather Camping, by Ray Stebbins (Contemporary Books, 1979)

Cold Weather Catalog, by Robert Levine and Nancy Bruning (Tree Communications, 1977)

Cold Weather Survival (Desert Publications, 1981)

Comfort Below Freezing, by Robert McQuilkin (Anderson World, 1980)

Complete Snow Camper's Guide, by Raymond Bridge (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973)

Complete Winter Sports Safety Manual--Staying Safe and Warm While Snowshoeing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, and Camping, by Bery Kreissman (Bear Claw Press, 1997)

Concise Book of Winter Camping, by Terry Brown and Rob Hunter (Vanguard, 1978)

Don't Get Snowed, by Michael Riley (Great Lakes Living Press, 1977)

Fieldbook (Boy Scouts of America, 1984)

Four Season Camping, by Jeffrey Bairstow (Random, 1982)

Frostbite, by Bradford Washburn (Boston Museum of Science, 1983)

Fun in Winter Camping, by Gunnar Peterson (Association Press, 1967)

Harsh Weather Camping--How to Enjoy Backpacking, Canoeing, and Bicycling Under Any Conditions, by Sam Curtis (Menasha Ridge Press, 1983)

Harsh Weather Camping in the Nineties--Secrets, Suggestions, Tips, and Techniques, by Sam Curtis (Menasha Ridge Press, 1993)

Hypothermia: Death by Exposure, by William Forgey (ICS Books, Inc., 1985

Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Other Cold Injuries, edited by James A. Wilkerson (Mountaineers, 1986)

Hypothermia--Killer of the Unprepared, by Theodore G. Lathrop (The Mazamas, 1972)

Keeping Warm and Dry, by Harry Roberts (Stone Wall Press, 1982)

Manual of Ski Mountaineering, by David Brower (Sierra Club)

Movin' On--Equipment and Techniques for Winter Campers, by Harry Roberts (Stone Wall Press, 1977)

New Complete Snow Camper's Guide, by Raymond Bridge (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981)

NSPS Ski Mountaineering Manual (National Ski Patrol System, Inc., 1982)

** Okpik--Cold-Weather Camping (Boy Scouts of America, 1995)

Outdoor Living--Problems, Solutions, and Guidelines (Tacoma Mountain Rescue)

Outdoorsman's Guide to Wilderness Camping--A Complete Manual for the Adventurous Camper, Including Plans for Tent Making and Camping in Snow, by Douglas Durst (Pagurian Press, 1977)

** Outward Bound Guide to Staying Warm in the Outdoors Handbook, by Glenn Randall (Lyons Press, 2000). Formerly Cold Comfort.

Paradise Below Zero, by Calvin Rustrum (Macmillan, 1968)

Polar Manual, by Capt. E. E. Hedblom (U.S. Navy, National Navy Medical Center)

Scoutmaster Handbook (Boy Scouts of America, 1990)

** Secrets of Warmth--Warmth for Comfort and Survival, by Hal Weiss (Vibe Publications, 1988)

Sierra Club Manual of Ski Mountaineering, by David Brower (Ballantine Books)

Ski Camping--A Guide to the Delights of Back-Country Skiing, by Ron Watters (Great Rift Press, 1989)

Snow, by Ruth Kirk (William Morrow and Co., 1977)

Snow Camping (Boy Scouts of America, 1995)

Snow Camping (World Publications, 1975)

Snow Camping and Mountaineering, by Edward Rossit (Funk and Wagnalls, 1974)

Snow Camping--The Complete Guide to Enjoying the Backcountry, by Jo Ann Creore (Lone Pine Publishing, 1992)

Snow Caves for Fun and Survival, by Ernest Wilkinson (Johnson Books, 1992)

** Snow Walker's Companion--Winter Trail Skills From the Far North, by Garrett and Alexandra Conover (Ragged Mountain Press, 1995)

Soldier's Handbook for Individual Operations and Survival in Cold Weather Areas (TC 21-3), by U.S. Department of the Army (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1974)

Spirit of Winter Camping--A Wilderness Guide to Cold Weather Camping, by Harry Drabik (Nodin Press, 1985)

Spur Master Guide to Snow Camping, by Cameron McNeish (Spurbooks, 1980)

Venture Snow Camping (Boy Scouts of America, 1990)

Walk Into Winter--A Complete Snowshoeing and Winter Camping Guide, by Gerry Wolfram (Scribner, 1977)

Wilderness Handbook, by Paul Petzoldt (W.W. Norton & Co., 1974)

Wilderness Skiing and Winter Camping, by Chris Townsend (Ragged Mountain Press, 1993)

Winter Adventure--A Complete Guide to Winter Sports, by Peter Stark and Steven Krauzer (W.W. Norton and Co., 1995)

Winter Camping, by Bob Cary (The Stehpen Greene Press, 1979)

Winter Camping (Boy Scouts of America, 1927)

Winter Camping, by Steven Gorman (Appalachan Mountain Club Books, 1999)

Winter Camping, by Warwick Stevens (MacMillan, 1931)

Winter Camping Skills, by Mors Kochanski (Canadian Camping Association, 1982)

Winter Hiking and Camping, third edition, by John A. Danielson (Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc., 1982)

Winter Mountaineering (Colorado Mountain Club, 1963)

Winter Outdoor-Living, by Merlin Goode (Brighton Publications, 1978)

Winter Safety Handbook, by Nordic World Editors (World, 1975)

Winter Scouting Handbook (Boy Scouts of Canada, 1966)

Winter Wilderness Companion--Traditional and Native American Skills for the Undiscovered Season, by Garrett Conover and Alexander Conover (Ragged Mountain, 2000)

Wintering in Snow Country,b y William Osgood (Stephen Green Press, 1978)

Wintering--The Outdoor Book for Cold Weather Ventures, by Russ Mohney (Stackpole, 1976)

Winterwise--A Backpacker's Guide, by John Dunn (Adirondack Mountain Club, 1997)

Winter-Wise--Travel and Survival in Snow and Ice, by Monty Alfred (Hertiage House, 1999)

Wood Stoves, by Ole Wik (Alaska Northwest Publishing, 1977)



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— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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