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Where  and how to make Your camp




  • Avoid Wind, steep mountain sides (rock falls), poor drained areas and marches (especially if you want to avoid Mosquitoes).
  • The shelter should be close to water, but avoid riverbanks and creeks, after a rainfall you could easily become very wet or worse as the water level rapidly rises.
  • Avoid valley bottoms as it is often colder than higher ground (sides of the valley).
  • In winter stay away from sloping terrain to avoid Avalanches and stay away from bottom of hollows as they will soon be filled with snow drifting in the wind.
  • Avoid beginning too late setting camp or building a shelter. Begin before it gets dark and before you get exhausted. From may to august darkness is not a problem as it is daylight 24 ours a day.


And if caught by a blizzard; make a shelter/snow cave ASAP or you may DIE.


Never travel in a blizzard!!


A good campsite is out of the wind, dry, enough space for your shelter and has easy acsess to firewood and water, preferably in a south facing hillside.

Keep in mind that the winter temperature can vary over a rather small area.

6. January 2010 the temperature at Bodø airport was -11 degrees Celsius.

At my house 10 kilometers away it was -15 degrees celsius, but just 2 kilometers from my house it was -26 degrees Celsius.

The height difference between my house and the local lake (-26 degrees) is only 5 meters.

The warmest areas are near the sea shore (beware of the Wind though).

Keep your campsite in order

It is important to keep the camp tidy and your equipment at one place, safely stored. Keep your equipment in the pack, or hang it up at the same spot every time after use.

It is not funny running around looking for missing things when you need them.

And a tidy camp makes your stay a little more pleasant.

No need to live in a garbage heap.


If you stay several nights at a campsite it is important to dig a latrine, or the area surounding the camp will be very unpleasant after a while.


Make a hole in the ground half a meter wide, long and deep.

Be sure that the content of the latrine don`t pollute nearby water sources and that it is downwind from your camp.

To keep the smell and flies away toss a little earth in the pit after use.

It is also a good idea to keep a kit for washing up at the site.

Hygiene is important also in the woods, especially when you are not alone.

When the hole is full just fill it up and dig a new one.

Whiping Your bottom

Toilet paper is not neccesary (allthough a Nice to have item).

No need for "poluting" the woods with a lot of white and brown paper strips.

One could use grass, leaves (rowan, my favourite), ferns or moss.

In winter one could use snow balls.

It is not as cold as expected.

And don`t worry about frostbite unless you use a very long time to wipe, it is seldom cold enough to hurt you.

But even if you use TP or not; WASH YOUR HANDS.