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Q&A What is the most effective way to keep warm in a Hammock in below freezing weather?

I've hammock camped twice in below freezing weather, between 10 F and 25 F (-12C and -4C). The first time using a closed-cell foam (CCF) pad and the second time using a full size underquilt. I'm h...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by tertius‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some common mistakes to avoid when trying winter camping for the first time?

I would like to try winter camping. What are some common mistakes first-timers make when trying to camp in the cold? I would be camping in temperatures between 0 and 32 Fahrenheit (-17 to 0 degree...

15 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by birch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do "R" values add proportionally?

For winter camping it is recommended to use a sleeping pad with an R value greater than 5. Can you alternatively use two closed cell 2.5R pads one on top of each other? If using an inflatable ...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by AM_Hawk‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are sleeping system R-ratings additive?

When buying a sleep system it is important to consider the R-rating, referring to the thermal resistance of the product(s) and how that compares to the conditions that one will use them in. Some pe...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by murungu‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will I be warmer in my sleeping bag inside or outside of my tent, when winter camping?

I spent one night outside, at -28 degrees F, in an -40 arctic bag. I had no tent, only a small poly tarp between the snow and my bag. I stayed fully clothed but barely slept due to being so cold al...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by G.Bourne‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What do I do to prevent and treat frostbite?

I'm going to be winter camping, and I'm concerned about getting frostbite. What can I do to protect myself?

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it safe to wear a down jacket while building a fire

The outside of a down jacket is usually made of nylon or polyester, which is inflammable. While trying to build a fire, is it safe to wear this jacket? Or will the flying embers be enough to set t...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Victor123‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of material was used to make traditional stove jacks?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Modern-day stove jacks appear to be made of silicone fiberglass. However, it's my guess tha...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Wilson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why are stove jacks NOT normally made of metal?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Our stove jacks are constructed of fire proof 17-ounce [0.48 kg] silicone-coated glass material (1...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Wilson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is an alternative sleep system if I don't want to use a down mummy bag for winter camping?

I would like to winter camp in a 4-season tent but am interested in alternatives to mummy sleeping bags. I want to avoid that shape. What alternative sleep systems do people use that are appropri...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by birch‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a simple at-home test to objectively measure the insulating value of a sleeping pad?

Does anyone know of a reasonably simple means of using household items to objectively measure the insulating value of a sleeping pad, in a way that accurately predicts that aspect of performance in...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much will the ceiling of a snow cave drop by during the night?

Every time I have slept in a snow cave, I have woken up to a ceiling that was noticeably lower than when I went to sleep. Is there a good rule of thumb for estimating how much lower it will get? ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Any tips to reduce chance that I have to get up and pee in the night (not counting dehydration, of course)

Well, here's the situation. You're on an outdoor trip in winter. It's cold outside and after a long day all you want to do is crawl into your warm sleeping bag and not get out of it until the next ...

7 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Lagerbaer‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do truly all-season tents exist?

A 4-season tent is a tent suitable for winter use; for example, see this post. According to sectionhiker, the phrase is actually a misnomer: Moreover the phrase “4 season tent” is a misnomer s...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Install a stove jack onto a canvas tent without one

I'd like to buy a kodiac canvas tent but they don't come with stove jacks. Not being handy at all, is there any company or store type where I could take the tent to and they could put the stove ja...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by sylvia ‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What could be a long and scenic two days backcountry ski tour in Switzerland, bivying on the snow?

I am a backcountry skier/snowshoes hiker and I finally want to do an overnight experience in the Alps. The Simplon Dorf area would be ideal (for I can access it quite easily), but any southern Sw...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I keep insulin at the correct temperature in sub zero temperatures?

I am a Type 1 diabetic and aspire to move to the arctic wilderness of Alaska. I can figure out how to maintain enough emergency carb food for survival. The one thing I'm not sure how I will han...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Angelo‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why do I always wake up freezing?

I like to go camping in the forest, mostly in summer, sometimes also when temperatures drop to about 0°C/32°F during the night. I have a three-season sleeping bag (T-comf: -2°C, T-lim: -8°C, T-ext...

18 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Vidar S. Ramdal‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Thru-hiking the Long Trail (Vermont) in late January

I'm preparing for a (solo if I can't find anyone to go with me) hike on the Long Trail in Vermont. I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) starting in February, but Georgia is very warm compared to...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Calvin Froedge‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How could a lighter winter sleeping bag also be warmer?

Western Mountaineering makes both the Bison GWS (rated -40) and the Cypress GWS (rated -30) sleeping bags. But the Bison has a lower fill weight (42 oz) and is cheaper ($1095) vs the Cypress (50 oz...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by have_beard_will_ski‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does whiskey help keep you warm in winter?

It is a rare day that I head out into the winter wilds without a flask of sumpt'n-sumpt'n in my pocket. A nip helps one to relax, can mildly embolden timid skiers in my group, and gives one that fi...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What coat should I wear when camping that won't be damaged through melting by embers from a fire?

I've gone sub-freezing camping a few times and each time I've had an ember (without noticing) melt/burn through an outer layer. The first time was through a synthetic down type jacket (fairly thin...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by tertius‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a mountaineering tent necessary for backpacking Iceland?

I need a tent that will work in snow, sand storms, lots of wind, rain and sun(UV). Temperatures I'm expecting are -2C at night to 15C during the day. I will be backpacking, so the tent's weight sho...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by lucasjmoore‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent frost / ice damage camping equipment?

When camping in summer rain overnight or dew in the morning is fine as it'll likely all evaporate off in the day. When camping in winter dew, rain, or sleet could lead to frost and ice on the tent...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does a cotton lined sleeping bag make sense?

I have always been under the impression that cotton is the enemy of a hiker - it absorbs moisture and just becomes a horrible wet casing around you, transferring away all the heat. I was therefore...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Sander‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tent Fly Coloured Reflective Tape

I have an MSR Elixir 2 tent with footprint that is great for my spring/summer/fall rock trips and is made of quite durable fabric. It has worked quite well at very cold temps and has very effectiv...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by AM_Hawk‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does my layering system need adjusting?

I'll be "backpacking" -- to imply traveling from country to country, but also hiking and camping in the backcountry -- various parts of Europe in winter for 3 months. I've camped and hiked before,...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by MarkE‭  ·  last activity 9y ago by System‭

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Q&A Winter Camping: How to warm up your boots in the morning?

Is there a good technique to warm up your boots in the morning? Should you just put them on and warm them up with your feet or is there a better alternative?

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by sixtyfootersdude‭  ·  last activity 10y ago by System‭

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