Sturgeon Lake, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Autumn is turning to winter and that has some Northland outdoor adventurers thinking about skiing, snowshoeing and camping.
Last week's snowstorm has people realizing that winter is right around the corner. The idea produces dread in some, while others can't wait.
"People hear winter camping and they think you're nuts. They imagine you being up there freezing cold all the time but it's nothing like that at all."
An eclectic group of outdoor enthusiasts got together at Camp Miller near Sturgeon Lake recently to celebrate everything related to winter camping.
Jason Gustafson, a custom knife maker from Duluth held a class on blade sharpening.
"People aren't letting the just the weight of the knife do the work. That's all that's really necessary cause you're just trying to true everything up straighten and align everything.
Outside, people could get their snowshoes sealed, ready for an action packed winter.
"It helps keep the webbing tight."
"These are Ojibwe snowshoes made for Northern Minnesota you'll notice the front comes up like a boat with a prow, that's so you can push branches aside if you have to go through the brush, which is very handy."
"A lot of times young people getting into winter camping may not be able to buy the expensive tent or buy the expensive stove.
Class were held on how to make your own equipment.
I found that a woodstove in the tent is the secret to making camping in the winter time bearable.
"If you want to be comfortable, it's pretty darn important.
The tents are specialized for winter camping too. They are made of canvas, are single walled, have an open floor, but no electricity. Most say that's all right.
"Absolutely, that's the centerpiece right there. It's just relaxing, some people watch television, you just watch a woodstove instead."
From the Winter Camping Symposium, I'm David Hoole for Nature Matters.
If you'd like to learn more about winter camping you can visit the Winter Camping Symposium