Re: Snow Base
Turba, Thomas N (Thomas.Turba@UNISYS.COM)
Tue, 9 Sep 1997 17:33:49 +0100
Snow Base is very well run. It's a great place to learn about winter
survival, a great confidence builder for both youth and adults, and a
very safe experience. They provide almost everything you need.
The only thing I would say is make sure that everyone brings along the
extra clothing required. You will be active most of the time. Your
clothing will get wet from the inside out. You will need to change it
at night and any other time you get too sweaty.
At night make sure you take the liners out of your boots. They will be
full of moisture. If you don't take them out, you'll be wearing ice
boots in the morning. All of this, and many other things, are explained
to you during the training on the first night and by your guide you will
have with you.
Snowshoes are much more work than skies. A sled is very handy for
transporting things. A fresh made snow shelter is normally warmer than
an existing one. Make sure you have an air hole in the roof of your
shelter or your body heat will melt the snow and you will be rained on
during the night. When making your snow shelter from a pile of snow,
make sure the snow has enough time to set or you will have a collapse.
Drink plenty of warm liquids during the day, but don't drink caffeinated
coffee before going to bed. When going to bed, make sure everyone goes
to the potty first. You won't want to get up during the night. You may
also be so packed in the shelter that you won't be able to.
When you get up in the morning, make sure everyone stays active.
The last time I slept out overnight at Snow Base, the high for the day
was -10 F. It was great. Cold dry weather is actually much better for
winter camping than warm moist weather. It is much easier to stay dry,
which is what you need to do.
Have fun. It'll be a great experience.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
ASM Troop 297 (Among other things)
E-mail: Thomas.Turba@Unisys.Com -or-
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