Re: keeping warm
Matt Gulick (mgulick@RADIUS.COM)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 11:26:09 -0800
At 1:47 PM 10/31/95, Gerry Owen wrote:
>This past weekend we took our young scout troop on their (and mine too)
>first winter campout. Most of the compaints came when they got into their
>cold sleeping bags.
>My feet also stayed cold all night as well, so I'm looking for tips on how to
>get warm and keep warm at night.
>The temperature was just below freezing and we had a large variety of
>sleeping bags and foams. My son was using a good bag -13F/-25C, when
>he got up I had him take off one of his two pairs of socks and he was able
>to make it throught the night but felt the cold coming in by the morning, he
>may have come off his foam. I was using two cheeper bags doubled up
>and found them too cold to push my feet down. My foam tends to be quit
>wet after a nights sleep in the cold.
>Any tips and hints would be appreciated as we have two more planned
>and we hope the cold temperature won't stop us.
We do a deep freeze every year and we have not had any problem with this as
long as we follow the following guidlines:
Dry = Warm. If socks or clothing is the slightest bit damp,
they should be changed for dry ones.
Layers This means not only your clothing bu also your
sleeping gear. We use a full size bag on a pad.
Inside that bag we use a second insulite pad on
which we place a 3/4 bag. In this bag we have a
wool blanket. We also alternate the zipper to
reduce drafts. Outside bag zipper on one side
and the inside bag zipper on the other.
Overheating Avoid sweating at any cost. In extreme cold,
sweat = death. Remove clothing if you have to
avoid getting your inner clothing damp from sweat.
Consumables Eat something fat and yummy before bed. This will
supply the energy your body will need to stay warm
during the night. We premix M&Ms, peanuts, carob
chips, and raisens in a sealed bag. Each bag
contains about 750 calories. Also plan high
calorie meals. At sea level you might do fine on
2000 calories but will need twice that in a snow
Water is a must.Drink lots of it. I find that on
a two night deep freeze, I can drink about a
gallon of water a day and still not use the can.
The cold air is warmed by your lungs. This now warm
air has a very low humidity and will leach water
from your system. If you become dehydrated your
blood will thicken and not flow as easily to your
extremnities. Dehydration can also lead to a
stuppor of thought as blood flow through the brain
Hope this helps.
I used to be a Bear...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City