Re: Winter Camping
don newcomb (newcomb@US2.NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 09:20:09 -0600
>From: "Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona" <CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET>
>2. DO NOT SLEEP IN BOTTOM OF BAG: Your breath contains water. If
> you close your bag with your head inside, then this water sticks
> to the bag. Wear a hat to keep your head warm.
Your head isn't the problem. It's your nose and mouth. On many very
good bags you head is inside the bag with just a small hole for
your nose and mouth.
>3. CHANGE CLOTHES: NEVER sleep in wet clothes. Even perspiration
> will chill you at night.
With the right synthetics you can dry your clothes by sleeping with
>4. EAT A CANDY BAR: This increases your metabolism (moves your
> blood faster) and it helps keep you warm.
A bowl of rice would be better.
>5. GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE BED: This saves you a middle of the
> night trip in the cold.
Truer words have never been spoken!
>6. DO NOT DRY "WET" CLOTHES IN BAG: Moisture will travel from wet
> clothes to sleeping bag.
> 8. Wool clothing is best but needs wind protection, synthetics are
> next best. Down is OK as long as it stays dry, cotton is a
> poor choice.
Wool is now second best. The synthetic winter fabrics such as PolarTek
and Capiline (sp?) have many advantages that obsolete wool for serious
winter camping. If these fabrics get wet you just sling them around you
head and put them back on, you body heat will dry them the rest of the
way. Try that with wool! As for cotton, you should not even have a cotton
handkerchief on a winter camp-out.
> RECOMMENDED CLOTHING FOR TWO DAY WINTER CAMP
Scouts should not let their moms buy them a lot of cotton winter clothing that
looks nice but is completely useless in the real outdoors. Shopping for
winter clothing should be done at camping suppliers such as REI and Campmor.
A PolarTek jacket costs not much more than one you buy a JC Penney and looks
just as good but it will keep you warm when it is cold and wet.
The one problem with synthetics is that most are not very flame resistant.
A wool shirt will protect the wearer from fire to some degree. A synthetic
shirt may catch fire and glue burning plastic to the skin making the injury
even worse. For this reason working around a camp fire should be done with
great care or the camp fire should be done away with alltogether.
Since I'm posting this from my account at work, I will add that mention of
any brand names is purely for refrence and does not constitute any
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