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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]
dougwalkabout Offline
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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.


Edited by hikermor (12/01/18 02:52 PM)
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