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Stay Warm On the Trail and In Camp

On the trail and in camp, beat the cold with these tips.

by: The Backpacker Editors


Heading high in the mountains, or somewhere chilly--like your first winter campout. Stay warm with these tips.

On the trail: Choose rest spots protected from the wind, and pull on an extra layer during halts in the action. Stay hydrated and snack often.

In camp: Avoid pitching your tent in a valley, where cold air settles. Put on dry socks, a hat, and more layers. Rewarm your feet by swinging your legs to force blood to the toes. Still cold? Press your feet against a partner's belly, or sprinkle cayenne pepper in the tips of your socks.

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READERS COMMENTS

fortyeighter
Sep 29, 2012

Where's the Stay Dry article? Judging from comments, no one has recognized this error at BP for several years! Hmm.

Brandon
Jul 03, 2012

That is because they are backpacking.

Old Scouting Bear
May 14, 2012

WELL, IT IS NOW NEARLY MID 2012, AND BACKPACKER MAGAZINE STILL HAS NOT CORRECTED THIS LINK AND POSTED THE CORRECT ARTICLE!!!!!!!!

Ol;d Scouting Bear
May 14, 2012

WELL, IT IS NOW NEARLY MID 2012, AND BACKPACKER MAGAZINE STILL HAS NOT CORRECTED THIS LINK AND POSTED THE CORRECT ARTICLE!!!!!!!!

???
Sep 27, 2011

It's 09-27-11 and the link still does not work. Where is info on staying dry?

doug
Mar 02, 2011

ok... how do i stay dry

Anonymous
Jul 21, 2010

It's 7/2010 and no one fixed the link yet!

Dena Kelley
Jul 09, 2010

When I used to winter camp, I did two things to stay warm. One, I would boil water and pour into my Nalgene bottle, which I wrapped in a wool cap and put in my bag with me. The water would stay warm all night, and no frozen water in the morning! I also got one of those really nice windproof arctic grade balaclavas that had good neck coverage, and I'd wear that to bed since keeping heat loss from head and neck was essential to me staying warm. I carry that in my dry bag year round, since in Alaska a summer day can still be cold enough for hypothermia.

Sue Barney
Feb 23, 2010

I have found that zipping up your down jacket-vest-fleece jacket or vest and placing around the bottom of your sleeping bag will help keep your feet warm. This process adds an extra layer between you and the ground and the air. Keeps my feet warm all night and the best part is that it stays with you! Also no cold "hot water bottle" in the morning, if that is the method you like to use. Try it.

Anonymous
Jan 18, 2010

Something I learned in my time in the field to get warm at night. Don't sleep in layers of clothes after you've gotten them sweaty. Try stripping down to your base layer or skivies. It takes your body a long time to warm through all the layers of cold wet clothes. Lay them flat in or under your sleeping bag. your body will warm the sleeping faster and let your body breath.

rwl
Nov 24, 2008

I clicked on a link that said, "How to stay dry anywhere." While this is good information, I would also like the article I was trying to find.

T. S.
Jul 14, 2008

Sleeping with my extra clothes in my sleeping bag has helped me keep warm at night.

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