Re: keeping warm
Stern Dixon (SDixon@AOL.COM)
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 13:23:30 -0500
A couple of tips on keeping warm.
Always use an ensolite or closed cell pad (very firm) on the ground itself.
It offers more insulation than open cell foam (the spongy stuff) and it
doesn't absorb moisture either from your body or the ground.
Always take off all your clothes, not just your socks. Your cotton tshirts,
et al, will absorb body moisture even if you've been in them for a couple of
Wear head gear to sleep in. A knit cap (not cotton) will keep your head warm
and prevent lots of heat loss.
Wrap your feet in your down jacket or vest if the bottom of your bag is
Use a bag liner of a light polypro. pile fabric. Campmor et. al. sell these
for about $30.
Eat something with a lot of fat before going to bed.
A tip I heard once, but haven't tried: drink warm concentrated jello before
going to bed. it will keep you from having to get up in the night to pee. I
won't get into the reasons this works. Use your imagination.
Final tip: Pay no attention to the comfort rating on your bag. I figure a -5
bag will keep me warm to about 15 degrees if I do all the other things.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City