Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 21:14:00 MST
From: "Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona" CHAGGERTY@BPA.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Winter Camping
Below is a list of items I picked up from a winter camp awareness program done by the O-A in
San Francisco. This list is about 15 years old, please keet that in mind (newer material are
available). I have added some comments at the end and have used this with our scouts when we
go camping in the mountains in the Winter. Hope this helps!
RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR
KEEPING WARM IN THE SACK
1. REMEMBER: The sleeping bag doesn't heat you, you heat it. So use this rule, "Thickness is
warmth", to keep this heat. If you're cold, add some more insulations (blankets, clothes, more
2. DO NOT SLEEP IN BOTTOM OF BAG: Your breath contains water. If you close your bag
with your head inside, then this water sticks to the bag. Wear a hat to keep your head warm.
3. CHANGE CLOTHES: NEVER sleep in wet clothes. Even perspiration will chill you at
4. EAT A CANDY BAR: This increases your metabolism (moves your blood faster) and it helps
keep you warm.
5. GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE BED: This saves you a middle of the night trip in the
6. DO NOT DRY "WET" CLOTHES IN BAG: Moisture will travel from wet clothes to
7. PUT TOMORROW'S CLOTHES UNDER BAG: This heats up clothes for tomorrow's cold
morning and also provides more insulation.
8. FLUFF UP YOUR BAG: Always fluff up bag before using to create the thickness important
9. MOST IMPORTANT, KEEP IT DRY: Keep all your sleeping gear dry and follow these
and winter camp should prove to be a rewarding experience.
IMPORTANT STUFF TO KEEP IN MIND
1. Clothing does not make you warm; it is your body processes that keep you warm. Clothing
merely provides the insulation to preserve your warmth.
2. Layered thickness is wa