In Defense of Winter Camping

It’s a process of reasoning that takes valid premises to reach a logically-certain conclusion. Basically, if you agree with the premises I lay out, then, logically, you must also agree with the conclusion. Premise 2: Winter camping is camping. Winter camping, while different, is still camping. You craft a customized campsite—complete with a perfectly flat tent spot and dining area. A boiling hot water bottle will keep your toes toasty warm all night long. And lastly, camping in the winter is more about camping itself. Conclusion: You love winter camping. As I mentioned, if you agree that, one, you love camping, and two, winter camping is in fact camping, then you must agree that you will love winter camping. We’ve been waiting.

An actual logical argument for why you need to go right now.

I hear you groaning through the internet. You think there is nothing I could say that could possibly convince you that camping in the winter is a good idea. It’s cold.

Just you wait. I have legit logic on my side.

Before we begin, let me remind you about deductive reasoning (syllogism, anyone?), which you’ve probably forgotten since you took Philosophy 101. It’s a process of reasoning that takes valid premises to reach a logically-certain conclusion. Huh? Basically, if you agree with the premises I lay out, then, logically, you must also agree with the conclusion.

You want an example, right?

Premise 1: All cats are cute.
Premise 2: Grumpy Cat® is a cat.
Conclusion: Grumpy Cat® is cute.

OK. Let’s logic.

Premise 1: You love camping.

You probably wouldn’t have clicked on an article from REI if you didn’t. And who doesn’t love camping, after all? Everything about camping spells happiness.

The long walk to the perfect destination. The short struggle to set up the tent. The stars that stretch on and on into the infinite. The loft of down over ears.

Camping is one of the best things on earth—and gives you access to the most beautiful locations on the globe, the most refreshing swimming holes and the longest hours in the wilderness. It’s close to your heart.

Premise 2: Winter camping is camping.

Winter camping, while different, is still camping. And before you begin to complain about the cold and the dark again, let me tell you what’s great about it.

2a. You…

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