You might think two people who live in Sunny California might not know anything at all about Winter. You’d be wrong. Did you know that “Sierra Nevada” is English for “Snowy Range”? And it didn’t come by that name by accident. The Sierra Nevada range is the proud owner of several world “snow” records. Most snow in a day – 67 inches. Most snow in a single storm – 15 ½ feet. Greatest snow depth – 37 ½ feet. And being avid skiers and photographers, we’re out in the white stuff all winter long, so we’ve picked up a thing or two about shooting photographs in the snow, the rain and the cold.
The cramped closest space inside our Van-sized RV’s can make packing for winter a challenge. For clothing, I suggest using layers. Light Merino wool sweaters pack up small, resist wrinkling and are very, very warm. I like the zippered top I got from Minus 33 so much, I quickly got on line and bought another. But before you get to the sweaters, make sure to put on a warm base layer. My current favorites are the tops and bottoms in Columbia’s new Omni-Heat line. Finally, get yourself a water-proof shell. Big bulky parkas take up a lot of space in your RV and if the day warms up, you’ll start to feel like you’re wearing a sauna, not a jacket. So again, I go for small and light, from makers like Columbia or Marmot. Continue reading