Thursday, September 11, 2008

Backpacking or camping in winter

Backpacking or camping in winter? Remember the army survival guide acronym for cold weather wilderness travel: COLD; Clean clothing; Avoid overheating; Loose, layered clothing; and Dry clothing. This is a recipe for staying warm.
- Winter backpacking can mean using a lot of stove fuel to melt ice and snow for drinking water. To use less fuel, carry a piece of black plastic, like an opened-up garbage bag. Lay out the plastic in the sun and scatter snow on it. The black plastic absorbs the sun's heat and should quickly melt the snow if it is near freezing. Carefully pour the water off. If the snow is clean, you can forego purification.

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