How to Camp in a Very Cold Climate

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Just because a climate is very cold doesn't mean you can't camp there. Camp in a very cold climate with help from the CEO of an outdoor gear and apparel retailer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jennifer Mull from Backwoods in Austin, Texas. Today, we're going to talk about the things that you need to camp in a very cold climate. So one of the first things that comes to mind is just the type of bag that you have, sleeping bag. You'll definitely need that. It can be down or synthetic. Typically, many people think down is warmer, and so making sure that you have a great down sleeping bag is important. Also the mummy sleeping bag tends to be warmer, 'cause you can really close it down, and it's quite narrow to your body, and so it does retain a lot of heat. So, a mummy sleeping bag is great to have. Also, you wanna proper sleeping pad. This protects you from the ground and will protect you from the cold weather, or the cold on the ground. Often people like to use survival blankets, they can also spread that out underneath the sleeping pad, and these tend to reflect body heat back up, so again, it can keep you warmer. So in terms of just your sleeping system, these are good items to have. They pack really nicely, they're small and compact so you can backpack in to your location. You also want a four season tent, so if you're sleeping outdoors, that will also protect you from the cold weather and any of the other elements you might encounter when you're in cold climates, snow, ice, rain, etcetera. In terms of what you wear on your body, it's really important to layer. So, you will need a variety of layers, one obviously next to skin and then basically building out from there. You want layers so that you can regulate your heat, because you also wanna make sure that you stay dry, because if you don't you can certainly get cold quicker. So with your layering system, you can use a variety of things. Next to skin though, typically people are using wool, something merino wool of some sort, or a synthetic type of fabric. And that can be something that is really good to start with. There you kind of just build out your layering system, variety of thicknesses, of products, so that you can basically have a thin layer next to body, and then expand out from there. Other layers that you might want may be down, fleece, or just a hard shell that would, again, protect you from the elements.

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