Teepee in winter



"When it snows at night, we still notice in the morning, before we open our eyes, that something has changed. The crackling of the branches sounds soft, as in the distance. The light that enters from outside is scattered. We look out the door and discover that the whole world is wrapped in a beautiful white blanket. »

Source R. and G. Laubin

You may shudder at reading these lines in the notion of cold and hardship. But do not worry! In the tepee, even at temperatures well below zero, it is still warm and comfortable. Of course, camping in winter is more demanding than in summer. We need a lot of wood for heating, because das feuer usually needs to be entertained throughout the day. The pleasant and pleasant warmth is the reward.

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Tipi_Tip_Winter_Zeltwelt.ch1For the construction, the snow is first removed to the solid ground so that the pegs can be anchored in the ground. If the snow was removed just prior to construction, the soil should not have frozen yet. If it is, it is proposed with a heated iron bar to sink the pegs for anchoring. Otherwise, everything stays the same during setup.


If you want to survive a harsh winter with snow without damage, the tepee needs regular care. To avoid snow, the outer shell should be knocked down carefully from the inside during heavy snowfalls. If this is neglected and the snow remains melts during the day and freezes at night, it becomes heavy and the tipi hull could tear under the load.

Regular winter inspection

  • Is the anchor rope tight?
  • Does the anchor herring sit firmly in the ground?
  • Did not herring solve?
  • Is the draft guaranteed?
  • Are the smoke flaps in the right place?

If the care in winter is too much for you or you do not use the tipi at all, you can also take down the dry cloth with the lift pool and simply let the bars stand over the winter. Without a cloth, the rods carry virtually no weight and the cold does not bother the wood. In spring, the cloth is lifted and reassembled as usual.


If you want an open fire in the tepee in winter, you should pay enough attention to the fresh air supply! The openings on the edge of the tent must be cleared for this urgently. If the supply air is missing, the fire can no longer breathe and heavy smoke is the result. For example, with this snow, you can build a protective wall around the teepee to catch the cold wind.

see also fire in the tepee

A customer of us has this ingenious idea to keep the supply air for the fire in winter despite snow masses. He has buried a tube which he has connected to a small shaft. This was subsequently covered with stone slabs loosely and thus the fire is directly ventilated from below like a chimney.


Anyone who has ever camped on snow knows how exhausting the cold and wet can be. On the walls frost forms, which bring a lot of moisture into the tent. In the tepee, the possibility of a fire, the atmosphere is always pleasant and dry.

The diameter of a winter teepee should not have less than 5m, so that the tent interior remains completely smoke-free even in bad weather. The floor is laid out with a thick layer of wood chips (without bark) or a wooden floor. Under the sleeping place, winter isolation is particularly important. The wood chips insulate enough but with a wooden floor, the sleeping area should be additionally isolated with a little brushwood.


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