Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Making a fire

Keep fires small and you'll spend less time collecting firewood. Just get closer for warmth. If you are also using the fire for possible signaling in an emergency, you can still keep it small, but keep a pile of brushy branches nearby to add if a plane goes by.
Digestion is more difficult at high altitude. This seems to be especially true for fats and proteins. If you are headed above 12,000 feet, you may want to save your crackers and other simple carbohydrates for snacking on top of that mountain.
In hot weather, soak your hat in every stream or water source you pass. A wet hat is like having a little air conditioner on your head. A wet bandana around your neck helps too.

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