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Hunting & Camping in Sub Zero Temperatures : Clothes to Avoid in Sub Zero Camping


In this clip I want to talk a little bit about
things not to bring to the mountains. If you’re in real cold weather, one of the real common
articles is down, but you don’t want to get wet in down. Down actually loses 70 percent
of its heat retention once it’s wet. And you can’t control the weather, so getting wet,
if you’re wearing down garments, or even sleeping gear, if your sleeping gear gets wet, it’s
a life threatening situation. When you’re working with wool, a wool garment will still
maintain 90 percent of its heat retention, even if it’s soaked in the river. You can
fall in the river and still maintain 90 percent of its heat retention. So falling in a river
on a day like today, 40 degrees out, would be a life threatening situation if you were
wearing down. Another common mistake that a lot of people make is they bring rain gear
up in the mountains for survival gear. What rain gear does is it traps the moisture within
your clothing up against your body. What, by not allowing the moisture to evaporate,
this actually makes you colder than you would have been in you kept the rain gear off. If
you’re actually raining out, but the rain gear on. When it stops raining and you can
dry off a little bit, take the rain gear off. I don’t recommend hunting with rain gear on
because of the noise that the clothing makes. But keeping yourself dry and keeping water
out of your clothing and moisture out of your clothing in sub-zero temperatures, it becomes
a real critical issue. It it’s 30 or 40 degrees out and a little bit damp, it doesn’t really
matter. If it’s 10 degrees below zero or 20 degrees below zero and you put this rain gear
on, the moisture that you trap in your clothing will actually freeze in your outer layers
of clothing, and you’ll loose your insulation effect that you get from the clothing and
from the layering that we’ve done earlier.

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