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The Wilderness Survivor, Issue #008 - Outdoor winter clothing
December 06, 2004
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Table of contents

- Editor's Notes
- Outdoor winter clothing
- Content has been updated
- Share your tips and experience

Editor's Notes

Hello ,

Hope everything is well with you and that you are ready for a new issue of the Wilderness Survivor.

A special thanks to all of you that have contacted me during the last couple of month. Some of you just want to say “thanks for a nice and interesting site”, others of you give me feedback how to improve the Wilderness Survival Skills website. Thank you all for your encouragement and ideas !

I have spent 10 weeks in North Korea this autumn. Yes North Korea , DPRK. It was not for vacation. Ten weeks is to long for a vacation in DPRK..... No I have signed up for a “survival project”. The objective of the project is to increase the food production. Food shortages is a reality for the people of North Korea. I guess you all know that the last ten years has been really tough for the north koreans.

I will travel forth and back to DPRK the next 2 years….a good health and a strong wife is a must for a mission like this. My wife will be home taking care of our 6 children. Maybe she has the toughest part…?

Don’t worry ! I will continue to work with the Wilderness Survival Skills website. It’s something I really enjoy and it’s easy to get motivation to continue the work. The number of visitors to the Wilderness Survival Skills website and number of subscribers to this newsletter continue to increase !

Enough of that. Ready for some advice how to travel in the wilderness? Good , here we go :

For some of us it’s now winter and maybe you are preparing your winter wilderness or outdoor trip. Snow and cold weather is a challenge for all wilderness travelers. Your outdoor apparel is one of the most important factors in wilderness survival preparedness. Particularly in winter - the subject of this issue of the Wilderness Survivor is your outdoor winter clothing.

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Proper outdoor winter clothing

Wearing the proper clothes for winter outdoor activities is essential for your safety. Particular if you are snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or doing something else that generate a lot of body heat and sweat. Your body may be warm while moving. But when you stop, freezing temperatures and winter winds can quickly lower your body temperature.

Cold weather requires you to really think through what you're going to wear to stay warm. Here are some short reminders :

The best way to stay warm and dry is to layer your clothes.

Start with a wicking layer , your underwear, that will transport sweat and moisture away from your skin. Next, put on an insulating layer. Fleece or wool are good material. Finish with a wind shell layer.

Whatever you do , do not wear cotton. Cotton does not insulate or wick moisture away from the body. Takes forever to dry and you will get cold…….

Add, remove or vent layers as necessary. Multiple layers of insulation may be needed depending on the outside temperature.

Your clothing should be lightweight, roomy enough to not restrict your movement and be easy to take on or off.

Protect your hands. Wear insulated gloves to prevent your fingers from freezing. Mittens will keep hands warmer and can be worn over gloves for extra protection.

Don't forget your feet ! Wear waterproof well insulated footwear. Cold , wet feet is a disaster and can bring your body temperature down dramatically. Always have a dry pair of socks handy.

Use gaiters when hiking or snowshoeing. Knee-high gaiters will keep the snow out of your footwear and prevent your socks, boots and feet from getting wet.

This may sound like common sense but try to keep your clothes dry. Damp clothing conducts the cold much more effectively. Before entering a heated house or shelter, brush off all particles of snow stuck to your clothes otherwise the snow will melt and get you wet. If your are staying inside a house or shelter remove clothes when it’s warm - avoid to get sweaty.

Wear a hat, something that will cover your ears. About 50 percent of our our body heat is lost from our heads.

Extra Tip :

- Pack more fuel – for cooking in the cold and melting snow into water.
- Traveling alone is never safe - especially not in winter.

Content has been updated

New more good content have been added to the website the last couples of week. Take a couple of minutes and browse the Wilderness Survival Skills website .

The last added page is the wilderness survival school directory .

I need your help to add more names to the list. What’s missing ? Please, send me your suggestion.

Share your tips and experience!

I will add a completely new page and you, my reader, is to be the author. Share your wilderness survival tips or just your experience from one of your trips. Add pictures. Write a long or short story. It’s your choice.

If it’s more then 150 words I will put your content on a single page. It will look like:”my hiking trip ”

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Any feedback ? Let me have it, right between the eyes ! I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think.

Do you want to contribute and include your own article in this e-zine ? Please, contact me. Now!

Written by Erik C. Falk


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