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#291197 - 11/24/18 02:41 PM Re: Getting through a cold night [Re: hikermor]
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Eating a big Fatty High Calorie Meal, just before bed helps in the Backcountry if you do not have a fire, but are sleeping in a sleeping bag. Your body produces heat when it digests the food and helps warm your sleeping bag.
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#291237 - 12/01/18 03:24 AM Re: Getting through a cold night [Re: hikermor]
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The other factor is hydration. In cold weather, it's insidious -- you have to force yourself to drink (guzzle) because you don't feel thirsty at all.

Thing is, your body needs a ton of water to metabolize all the high-energy food (esp. fats) you've been ingesting. Assume you are always dehydrated, and monitor your input with a sceptical eye. Your body will fool you.

Old timers had a "mug-up" every few hours, and it wasn't for warmth. Tea, tea, and more tea!

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#291241 - 12/01/18 02:52 PM Re: Getting through a cold night [Re: dougwalkabout]
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On my worst night out ever, I went through a cycle of dozing off, waking up from the cold, fixing a hot drink, and dropping off to sleep again.

When the sun finally rose, I started travelling and I was surprised at how much more energy I had, attributing that at the time to the "rest" I had obtained. I was probably better hydrated, as well.


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#291396 - 12/13/18 04:31 AM Re: Getting through a cold night [Re: hikermor]
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Originally Posted By: hikermor


I am sure others will have tricks and tips to add to this heated topic....Fire away!


I took a liking to dropping a few of those cheap, oxygen activated hand warmers in the bottom of my fart sack when cold weather camping. If my feet are warm I am happy. 2 or 3 or those will add a lot more heat to the bottom of you bag than you would think. Not practical for the long term obviously, but certainly worth every penny when you can afford the space for a few.

Iíve tried using warm stones from the fire wrapped in a towel to great effect as well, but I am getting more efficient (lazy) the older I get and canít be bothered with that nonsense anymore.

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