Great Source for Winter Camping Info
Jim Peterson (KUPETE@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Mon, 10 Nov 1997 08:34:31 -0600
I urge all of you to take a look at a site hosted by Princeton
University if you're doing any winter camping. I apologize for
not having the address handy (I have it bookmarked at home) but
if you just search for Princeton Outdoor Action you'll get there.
This site has a WEALTH of info on camping and is one of the best
sources I have found for Winter camping procedures including all
of the First Aid associated with camping in the cold.
By the way, we do a "shakedown" before we go winter camping to
insure that the boys have the proper equipment and clothing.
If we find ANYTHING cotton we send it home. Especially here
in Kansas where we experience a lot of moisture when winter
camping, it knows as "killer fabric". Our clothing list is:
2pr polypro or acrylic long uderwear (NO cotton)
2pr poly liner socks (wicks the water away and helps with wool
2pr wool socks
1pr wool or fleece pants (NO jeans or sweatpants)
1pr wind pants
1ea wool shirt or fleece pullover
1ea other layer of wool or fleece
suspenders (NO belts-they constrict and slow circulation)
1pr liner gloves
1pr mitten shells
hat (fleece or wool) (windjacket should have hood)
baclava (we buy the fleece and make them at a meeting)
All boys carry vaseline-it's great on your face when the wind
Also, we discourage fires (although they do get built). Philmont's
Kanik program calls them "False Gods". They promote sweating which
can be a real heat zapper.
We approach foot wear in a number of ways. I won't post them all
Please do check out that Princeton site. I do a "scouting on the
internet" program each year at Roundtable and everyone who visits
that site is WOWed!
Hope this info helps.
RT Comm, Pelathe Dist, HOA Council
ASM Troop 55, Lawrence, Kansas
Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, GO KU!
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