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Gear Recommendations Good trash bags for vapor barrier liners socks?

Instead of buying expensive dedicated vapor barrier socks, you can just use a trash bag as a liner sock. It likely breathes less too. However not all trash bags are created equal. Properties of a ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by Iizuki‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Q&A How does a synthetic overbag work?

In really cold temperatures, it's often recommended to use a separate overbag made from a synthetic material over your main down sleeping bag. Supposedly this helps moisture (from your body) escape...

0 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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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?

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by sixtyfootersdude‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Q&A Are liner mittens significantly warmer than liner gloves?

Under a windproof shell mitten, is an insulating liner mitten significantly warmer than an insulating liner glove made of the same material and thickness? This is a different question from "Are mi...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Jordan‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Iizuki‭

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Q&A What's special about a winter gas mixture? Why does it work better?

There’s a special “winter” gas mix available for gas stoves. How is it different from the usual propane/butane mix and why does it work better in low temperatures? (Does it work better in lower tem...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by zoul‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Gear Recommendations Why are Fjällräven sleeping bags so expensive?

The Fjällräven POLAR -20 REG has the following specs: 850 EUR 1650g and 25cm x 40cm volume EN/ISO: -12°C comfort, -20°C limit, -42°C extreme 95/5 Down; 800 cuin The MARMOT - Never Summer s...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Martin Thoma‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag?

When camping in cold weather, some people say it is actually warmer to sleep naked than to sleep with clothes on. Is that true, or is it better to leave warm clothes on while in the bag?

13 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How does the R-value of goose down compare to cattail down?

I know that goose down is warmer than cattail down. But what are the R-values of each? How much warmer is the same weight/volume of goose down compared to cattail down? Is cattail down better than ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dugan ‭

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Q&A How do you take field notes at below 0 &#xB0;C, without freezing fingers?

I'm taking inventory on my tree farm. The temperature today is -7 °C with a light breeze. Windchill of -10 °C. I figure that there are lots of people who have this problem. Writing a journal, desc...

22 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sherwood Botsford‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent?

Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent? Suppose that our old internal-combustion-engine car breaks down in a remote place at -30°C, -40°C, or -50°C, and the engine won't run at all. Suppose ...

12 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Which Ultralight & Compact Jackets are suitable for Winters (minus 10-15 deg. Celsius)?

I am not sure if this question fits here but since I like to travel and often face difficulties because of different weather conditions in different cities/countries so, I am hoping that somebody c...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by skm‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Clothing for cold weather hiking

I will go for two day hiking on a mountain (intermediate level). The weather will be chilling (3 °C to 5 °C, no snowing,but it may rain). I would like to know what kind of clothing would be better?...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Science123‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent skin cracks?

So every winter working in the dry cold, my skin, on my hands and feet, cracks. Particularly between my fingers and toes. What can I do to prevent this?

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

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Q&A Is sleeping on the ground in cold weather better than on an air mattress?

My friend and I had an argument about this topic. He says that the cold air in the mattress will stay at the ambient temperature, so if it's -20 outside the air in the mattress will stay at -20 so ...

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

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Q&A How do I get my fingers and toes warm before rock climbing at cold temperatures?

I've had now a couple of days when going rock climbing while the temperatures are below the general comfort zone (meaning below 6 °C/ 43 °F). When starting to climb, my fingers got cold rather fas...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user4120010‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How dangerous is it to walk with wet feet in cold terrain?

Let us say we have around 0 degrees celsius and I have wet feet and I am in the middle of nowhere (let us say 2 days away from any civilisation). On the one hand people say it is no problem to walk...

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

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Q&A How to carry water in freezing temperatures?

When backpacking in freezing weather, water in a canteen often turns to ice. I am looking for a canteen that Will not burst when the volume of water increases due to freezing Will make it possib...

13 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Jan Hlavacek‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

Some time ago, while driving on a snowy road, someone told me a kind of horror story. It involved a guy who was driving alone with an old car on an overland road in Siberia during winter, so the t...

14 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ahemmetter‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Under what conditions does heating a tent artificially make objective sense?

My question is motivated by the earlier question How To Quickly Warm A Tent, which generated a lot of interest, and one of the best comments ever on TGO: All I could think about after reading y...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A In cold conditions, will you freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any?

I have heard that in cold conditions, you'd freeze faster wearing wet clothes than not wearing any. I cannot find any proof that this is true. Is it?

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by penguinick77‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hot water system as a heater for car camping?

For car camping near the snow line, is there anything that can safely be used as a heater while sleeping? For example, how large would ordinary hot water bottles need to be, to comfortably emit he...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by benjimin‭  ·  last activity 5y 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 12y ago by Reverend Gonzo‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are mittens warmer than gloves?

Given a mitten and a glove (made of the same materials, thickness, etc), is the mitten warmer than the glove? It seems to me that having all four fingers together in one area (vs separate fingers ...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Mark‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are Ice grips worth buying?

The cold weather has finally hit the UK and once again I am tempted to buy something like Yaktrax Pro Ice Grips. For those of you not in the UK we get some snow each year (enough to make everythin...

7 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by Phil‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do I need to worry about snow covering up my tent?

I have a two-layer dome tent, cheap and not particularly designed for winter. Do I need to ever worry that during a heavy snow downfall during the night that tent might be covered up with snow and ...

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

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Q&A How should I dress for sweat inducing activities in cold weather?

I never seem to find the perfect way to dress for sweat inducing activities in cold weather. By sweat inducing activities I mean mostly activities in the mountains, especially hiking uphill or ski ...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by april rain‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why don't climbers use electrically heated suits?

Why do climbers not use electrically heated suits to climb peaks like Mt. Everest? Or am I just mistaken and they already do it?

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Schultz Hartmut‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is a hole in a cold place warmer?

I'm working on a setting for a tabletop RPG game. This place is located high on the mountains and it is cold. There is a village in this place and their is and inn who's only room is on the basemen...

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

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Q&A Would a lightweight 2-person tent or medium weight 3-person tent be better for near freezing weather?

I'm heading out this weekend, and the temperature is expected to drop below freezing, with a 20% chance of rain. I have two tents, a lightweight 2-person, which I primarily use for backpacking, an...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Chris Cudmore‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using a thermometer for hypothermia diagnosis in backcountry?

Has anyone had good experience using an ordinary drugstore oral thermometer in the backcountry in winter weather, and getting trustworthy readings? I made the experiment (on a night that was aroun...

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

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Q&A What is the most severe temperature that a proper snow cave can protect you from?

This question was prompted by my answer to Under what conditions does heating a backpacking tent artificially make objective sense?. In my answer, I mention the possibility of hiking across Antarct...

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

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Q&A What was the temperature without windchill for the climbers that "Minus 148 Degrees" is written about?

The book Minus 148 Degrees is written about a winter climb of Denali in which a rapid weather change forced the climbers to seek refuge in an emergency snow cave. The title is a reference to the c...

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

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Q&A Is it possible to acclimatize to a cold weather in a short time?

On some of my Himalayan treks I've seen people who wear shorts or wear single layer of clothing and shiver due to the cold weather (most of these people live in a tropical climate). When I've asked...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Ricketyship‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hemp socks and wicking properties

I am an avid snowboarder and I have noticed that socks made of merino wool are incredibly good at wicking away moisture while keeping my feet warm. However, I was wondering about other textiles tha...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by user1660‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you reset your body 'thermostat' after hiking in snow?

About 10 weeks ago, I did a 16-hour snow hike in Newfoundland (off-topic: insanely gorgeous country!). The outside temperature was still very warm for November, with highs of -5ºC / 23ºF and lows ...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by BladeRunner‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why doesn't it snow much at -30 &#xB0;C?

I live in Canada, and we get a decent amount of snow in the year. However, it is very well known that you never get a lot of snow when the temperature is really cold. For instance, you never get ...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by anonymous2‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What material is best for durable, waterproof, gloves in many temperatures and weather conditions?

I have a problem with one hand that has bad circulation, this means that if my hand gets cold and wet for extended times I get chilblains which are more than a nuisance. The problem is that I hav...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Dynadin‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Sleeping bag too hot

How can I regulate my temperature in a -15°C down sleeping bag when it is cold but not quite -15°C? I have a down sleeping bag rated at -15°C. Used it at a previous hike where the temperature went...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Badger‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do reusable "hand coolers" exist?

I often carry around a couple of reusable hand warmers when hiking or just around the outdoors when it's cold. They don't take up much space, they're easy to reuse (just boil) and they provide a fa...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What should I look for if I want to buy a winter-proofed tent?

I really like to go snowshoeing during the winter. I'm going up to 3500 meters and when I'm doing long tours I would really enjoy to try out winter camping in very remote areas. Is it a good idea t...

2 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by RoflcoptrException‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a Burrito wrap?

I was going through one of the most amazing posts on The Great Outdoors which talks about if sleeping naked in a sleeping bag keeps you warmer than with clothes The is something said about Burrito...

0 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Adapting to the cold

Some people seem to be able (as I've noticed when camping and traveling with different people) be able to produce more heat and need fewer layers in cold situations. Are there any techniques that ...

0 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Ryder Bergerud‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dead Canada goose stuck frozen to top of lake

I saw a Canada goose stuck frozen on Ramapo Lake in the Ramapo Mountain State Forest near Oakland, New Jersey. I was told that it had been dead for a while. Can a goose freeze to the ice and get s...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Raimund Miller‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are the considerations for using chemical heat pads in sleeping bags?

A now-deleted answer to this question suggested using chemical heating pads in sleeping bags at night to provide added warmth. The product suggested is the 'Thermacare ... Fe-loaded material' I lo...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using anti-perspirant in extreme cold climate

Could the use of anti-perspirant give benefit in extreme cold climate where sweating can be a significant problem. I've read many articles regarding keeping warm when alpine climbing in the extrem...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by ldgorman‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Falling into an ice cold body of water

I've never been hiking in such extreme situations, but if in the situation in the question, i.e. you're hiking in very cold weather and someone falls in (let's say so pretty much their whole body i...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent fingers from freezing?

I am a traffic officer and in winter I always have issues with fingers freezing. Are there any hints besides hand warmers to keep my fingertips from getting so cold they hurt? I direct traffic so s...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Linda Saia‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Yosemite in late March a good idea?

My wife and I have never been to Yosemite. We will have some time off in a couple of weeks (end of March) and we're considering planning a trip to Yosemite. The amount of rain and snow in recent w...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by somerandomdude‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dealing with very cold climate (clothing)

In the near future I will have to prepare myself for a Siberia expedition. During the winter, average temperatures in Siberia range from -10°F (-23°C) to below -50°C (-45°F).1 What should I...

4 answers  ·  posted 12y ago by syntagma‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Recovering from Hypothermia

I am not much used to Camping in Cold areas. But I have been told by hikers that Hypothermia is something that I should be very careful of. Since childhood, it has been like, I don't catch cold ver...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Josh‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭