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Snow Camping at Crater Lake

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Crater Lake is a breathtaking natural wonder at any time of the year, but winter really brings out its best.

It's North America’s deepest lake, set in the sunken caldera of a prehistoric volcano. In winter, the lake’s crystal-blue water is surrounded by a landscape caked in snow and dotted with frosted-white pine trees. It’s pure magic and even more so as the less adventurous retreat indoors, leaving you to feel like you’re the only one out there.

Our intrepid crew members Jack and Natalie were so enamoured with Crater Lake National Park, they couldn’t settle for just a quick visit by day. Instead, they took up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night snow camping on the edge of the caldera.

Equipped with Kathmandu's XT gear – our premium range for extreme alpine adventures – they spent the night in −10Cº, and lived to tell the tale.

Although the wind was blowing a gale – absolutely howling – and the chill was biting at exposed skin and freezing eyelashes, they said the rewards were more than worth it.

To be the only ones out there, to sleep under a thick blanket of stars and wake up to the achingly beautiful views of Crater Lake at sunrise…well, as Natalie sums it up, we'd "go again in a heartbeat”.

For the ultimate wilderness experience, two Kathmandu Summit Club members go snow camping at Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, USA.

For more winter adventures from our Oregon photo shoot, visit: kathmandu.co.nz/oregon.

Our intrepid crew members Jack and Natalie were so enamoured with Crater Lake National Park, they couldn’t settle for just a quick visit by day. Instead, they took up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night snow camping on the edge of the caldera.

Equipped with Kathmandu's XT gear – our premium range for extreme alpine adventures – they spent the night in −10Cº, and lived to tell the tale.

Although the wind was blowing a gale – absolutely howling – and the chill was biting at exposed skin and freezing eyelashes, they said the rewards were more than worth it.

To be the only ones out there, to sleep under a thick blanket of stars and wake up to the achingly beautiful views of Crater Lake at sunrise…well, as Natalie sums it up, we'd "go again in a heartbeat”.

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