Re: Cold Weather's A Coming
Thu, 6 Nov 1997 13:15:05 EST
Michael F. Bowman's posting had a lot of good advice about cold weather
>1. REMEMBER: The sleeping bag doesn't heat you, you heat it. So use
>this rule, "Thickness is warmth", to keep this heat. If you're cold, add
>insulations (blankets, clothes, more newspaper).
Wearing several layers of clothing inside the bag doesn't keep you warmer. In
fact the opposite is true and hard to get through to the kids. They should
wear one dry layer--socks, long underwear or T-shirt, wool cap. One of the
best techniques is to place a wool blanket or military poncho liner (it is
essentially a camoflauge nylon quilt) inside the bag and wrap it around you.
>4. EAT A CANDY BAR: This increases your metabolism (moves your blood
>faster) and it helps keep you warm.
This also keeps the kids awake from the sugar and caffine in the chocolate.
>7. PUT TOMORROW'S CLOTHES UNDER BAG: This heats up clothes for
>tomorrow's cold morning and also provides more insulation.
Good insulation under you is essential (I use both a mat and additional
sleeping bag) but do this and your morning clothes will be damp. You lose
moisture downward as well as heat.
all the other suggestions are great.
Troop 173, Carlisle Barracks, PA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City