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Old February 18th, 2020, 03:54 PM #31
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I have a lot of experience with this. I'm an Eagle Scout and kept on backpacking/camping/fishing/hunting year round after I finished the program. You don't need top of the line gear. For many years I used milsurp stuff and LL Bean stuff that gets the job done and is cheap but isn't always the lightest and best looking.

To summarize the very good input above:

*separate long underwear, socks and hat for sleeping only. I like wool.
*appropriate sleeping bag (i.e. zero rated goose down)
*thermarest to get off the frozen ground
*layers for your daytime clothes (wool long underwear, hat, gloves, coat that goes low enough to cover your hips)
*extra wool socks
*stay hydrated; eat before bed
*appropriate boots
*first aid/emergency kit with fire starting materials. Don't overthink it -- bring some extra Bic lighters and some matches. Lighters sometimes fail when it's super cold but are much easier than matches otherwise.

But the most important thing is to bring your personal survival skills that can only be gained from training before your outing. Learn to make fire with several methods -- I've several times had to make fire in a semi-emergency when I was shivering. Can you do that? Learn true first aid skills -- do you know the signs of hypothermia and how to treat it? Do you know the signs of shock and what to do? Can you navigate with a map and compass? Can you find your way back if you get separated from your gear?

The second most important thing is the right mental attitude and mindset. Winter outings are often the best (no bugs, few people) but you will likely be on your own. Are you mentally ready to be your own first responder?

Good luck!
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Old February 18th, 2020, 04:06 PM #32
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Go for the weekend. Get a rated sleeping bag for the weather. Make sure you are off the ground.Drink water or hot tea.Wear a knit cap.

Wear wool clothing items. If every one is not having a great time go Home. You can have a great experience,the third week in May. it is not

Getting sick with the flu. The troops will enjoy their homes and inside plumbing.
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Old February 19th, 2020, 12:08 PM #33
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cold

didn't read all but remember COLD:

keep clothes CLEAN
avoid OVERHEATING
wear clothes in LAYERS
keep clothes/feet DRY!!

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