Hey there /out/. I'm a wildlife photographer and want to camp out in the winter. Is there any equipment you would recommend? Some brands/models of tents and sleeping bags? Anything else?
Since family of foxes lives near my house, first time of my winter camping will be close enough to go back home if anything goes wrong.
Is weight an issue? IE. are you going to be hauling this stuff long distances in the future using your own strength?
If so then buy shit intended for mountaineering. Feathered Friends, Western Mountaineering, Back Diamond, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Montbell, Hilleberg, etc.
If not then buy shit intended for outfitters. I'm not that familiar with this stuff, but you'll be looking at canvas tents which can accommodate a chimney, a wood heating stove with a chimney, heavy as fuck sleeping bag, possibly a collapsible cot, etc.
Mountaineering stuff tends to be more expensive and often won't hold up to the same abuse as outfitter gear, but performs just as well if you take care of it. A -40C/F mountaineering sleeping bag will be about 4-5lb and cost usually around $700. A -40C/F outfitter sleeping bag will be like 20lb and cost around $200 with much thicker abrasion resistant fabrics than the mountaineering bag.
Get a bag with a membrane (i.e. Gore-Tex) shell built in, Marmot makes a good one, so do a few other companies. A liner bag will also help you stay warmer and the bag drier (pic related, or silk.) Some people use space/foil blankets as a liner, but they don't breathe and you'll usually wake up all sweaty and drenched. Nalgene bottles filled with hot water placed in your bag will also keep your temperature up. Four season (winter) tents come in a few different types. The bomber ones are single wall membrane and they'll basically float. A bit stuffy for longer stays, I've also had good luck with the EV tents from Mountain Hardwear. Be prepared to build a wind wall in more exposed areas. On that note, be sure to pack a shovel. If you're in avalanche terrain then you'll need the appropriate equipment and training as well.
Get a one piece thermal underwear, the thick one. Don't hike in it, as you'll sweat too much. Use it for nights and around camp. While you are waiting to shoot in location this will help.
It is the best 2 man tent ever and it'd be a mansion if you are traveling solo. You could get by with their Megatarp and still have plenty of room for gear and such, but the standup room of the Sawtooth is great and it doesn't add much weight.
You'd also do well to get a stove. Kifaru's are OK but I much prefer Seek Outside's. I use their SXL in a sawtooth but have a friend who uses their Large with no issues.
But if you are on a budget this is overkill, what with your house being close by. Especially depending on where you live. I was once in serious danger of freezing to death on a mountain, despite a -5 bag and all the right insulating layers, so I don't do much winter camping without a stove.
>something you could make yourself with a fucking tarp jesus.
not really, but go ahead and try if you want. ive done winter camping with tarps and its not too bad, im going to gun for a kufaru this winter though.
its pretty standard because you can wear your boots inside and not worry about cutting up the floor.
it also allows you to pitch the tent in high snow and dig trenches so the cold air sinks below your sleeping area, doing this can also allow more standing room.