Snow Camping WAY below zero in a Hammock – and how to build a campfire

Snow camping in a DD hammock at minus 20 in the Carpathian Mountains. Winter camping is amazing, and using a hammock is a challenge. With temperatures dropping to minus 20, and deep snow all around, heading off to the hills and forests to spend a night or two out in Nature means packing a few more items than usual. Just getting there is an adventure in itself, but it’s worth it to go camping in the Winter.
Snow camping is completely different to Summer camping. To be surrounded by a blanket of white and to breathe crisp fresh air. Sometimes you just have to get away from your daily routine, take a break from work, get out of the city and away from people and traffic, and spend some time alone in Nature.
Being surrounded by trees and snow clears the mind as it means you have to focus much more on the here and now – in some ways on your basic survival needs, especially if a winter storm rolls in. Having the right equipment, such as a goretex bivvy bag (a survival bag) and a Mylar blanket, can mean staying warm or freezing. Carrying a snow shovel and an ax, and a good camping knife (here I use a Morakniv), having a waterproof backpack and an insulating ground layer such as a roll mat, are basic necessities for camping in the snow.
In this video I use a DD Frontline Hammock and a Tatonka tarp, both of which are excellent and I’d highly recommend them (even though I don’t get paid to say so..). Combined, they make a superb snow shelter, for wilderness, survival and bushcraft activities. I show how to craft and light a bushcraft fire in the snow to cook on and keep you warm using silver birch and deadfall branches.
I carry a mixture of ultra modern and vintage equipment – including a Swiss Mountain rucksack, a Czechoslovak army poncho, and an old camp kettle.
Snow camping in a tent is a different world to winter camping in a hammock – both are great fun, and each has its own set of challenges and equipment. Hopefully this video inspires others to go out into the great outdoors and try life below zero in just a fabric shelter for themselves, even if a snow storm or a blizzard rolls in.

Filmed on location in the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia with an Apeman 4K action camera.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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