Do you like camping out in the winter? Have you ever been camping in the Pocono Mountains with your tent on your back? Well, one thing is for sure, it is not a family style holiday! It is unquestionably an extreme sport for the hardened outdoor person. Whether you go traipsing through the snow on skis langlaufen style, use huskies and a sled or go by snowmobile, it is still an arduous enterprise. Issues from the cold such as frost bite and hypothermia are very real hazards.
Vacations such as these must definitely not be undertaken lightly. The days in the Pocono Mountains during the winter are cold enough, but at night the temperature just plummets. If you have never had such a holiday before, then you are not ready to take one on your own now. You will have to have specialized knowledge either from the military or from other such institution.
Planning and research are the two most essential aspects. You will need to be aware at all times of where the nearest help centres are. Places such as mountain rescue, hospitals, towns, shops, garages and first aid centres. You should also be conscious of the weather conditions and future weather forecasts.
Staying overnight on such an arduous trip only increases the chances of coming across danger. Besides the cold there are wolves and bears. Wolves are not normally dangerous unless they are famished, but bears can be a problem. You will have to know how to keep a clean camping site so as not to attract wild animals, but you will also have to know what to do if they do come poking about.
Warm clothing are indispensable for any winter activity like snowmobiling and they are even more vital if you are going to sleep outdoors overnight. If you stay outdoors overnight you will also need a very warm sleeping bag. You will also have to take account of how long you will stay away and what provisions you will need to survive the length of time of your holiday. You will obviously have to eat, so suitable, nourishing food will have to be taken with you, unless you intend travelling from town to town.
Water will not be a problem with the snow available which is very handy for re-hydrating dried foods such as packet soups and drinking chocolate, both of which are very warming after travelling all day in sub-zero temperatures.
Fuel will be a major concern for your snowmobile, but if you plan your journey carefully, you will be able to pick up a few containers of petrol every day. In this manner, ten to fifteen gallons should be enough to see you through every day.
Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on a lot of subjects, but is presently concerned with Poconos camping. If you are interested in a rental in the Poconos Mountains, please go to our website at Poconos Vacations