Re: Cold Weather's A Coming
Godbout, Marc (GodboutM@ANDOVERCONTROLS.COM)
Fri, 7 Nov 1997 11:28:51 -0500
> From: WRThacker[SMTP:WRThacker@aol.com]
> 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
> 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.
This topic is often debated among backcountry folks. Personally, I
think it's an old myth. I just can't see how more insulation will not
work in this situation. From personal experience, the coldest I've
slept in was -5deg F. I felt uncomfortably cold in my bag, but much
better after adding a sweater. Where more is worse is when you add so
much clothes that you either compress the bag's insulation from the
inside or cut off circulation.
However, the wool blanket and liner is the much preferred way to add
insulation. Just make sure you use the liner as the inside layer so
that the blanket doesn't get wet.
> >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
When it's cold and dark, the boys usually want to hit the sack pretty
early. I don't think one candy bar will affect sleepiness too much vs
the benefit of stoking the furnace. However, peanut butter crackers are
probably a better choice because of the fat and carbos for the longer
> >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
> sleeping bag) but do this and your morning clothes will be damp. You
> moisture downward as well as heat.
Again, from personal experience, I haven't noticed any extra dampness,
but the only clothes I put under there are the outer wear, such as wool
sweater and windbreaker. These probably collected moisture from the
day's activities and putting them under the bag will keep them from
freezing over. Also, I put my boots under the bag, with the soles
facing outwards, one on my left and the other on my right. And tie them
together with a simple knot in the laces to keep them from creeping out
during the night. Boots gather a lot of sweat unless you use vapor
barriers, and they will freeze solid overnight. I once spent a good
part of a morning thawing out one boy's boots because he didn't tie them
together under his bag and could not fit his feet into them.
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