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Old 09-30-2016, 08:14 PM   #21
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Well, the old saying on the survey crew was " if your feet are cold... cover your head".
I worked outdoors my entire career.. from many winters in Michigan to sub zero days in the Rockies, and I always suspected this advice was just BS. Now, covering my ears was a big deal but not so much my entire head.
To clarify this scary declaration by the scholars who spend most of their lives inside... I believe they are saying that when dressed appropriately, you lose a certain amount of your body's heat. When you head is uncovered, 1/2 of that heat loss is through your head. Now that's no surprise. I bet if you chose not to wear shoes, you would lose a similar percentage through your feet.

And I can guaranty you that if you feet are cold... nothing you put on your head will get them warm.

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Old 09-30-2016, 08:52 PM   #22
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It's good to wear something on your head when you sleep in a sleeping bag, you don't want to put your head in the bag. It's tempting I must admit to put your head in

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Old 09-30-2016, 09:13 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by MilCop4523 View Post
if you're looking at camping next weekend in the north east state of maine. DON'T!
Weather predictions are over 200 mm of rain from this Hurricane MATTHEW storm coming up the sea board.
I remember camping in the white mountains in NH and waking up in a 4 inch deep puddle - our kids air mattresses were floating in the tent.
we had to move to the car which was a HYUNDAI Pony.
OP states planning camping the weekend of October 21, but I was wondering where you got the info on Matthew because the everything I can find states it is too early to forecast the actual effect it will have on the eastern seaboard.

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10 girls in a tent...? That produces a lot of heat! What makes you think 10 girls together are going to sleep?
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:32 AM   #25
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Also feeling the cool or cold air is not the same as being cold. They should know the difference.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:57 AM   #26
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Another helpful hint from a scouter

2 or 3 "Hot Hands" hand warmers inside a sleeping bag works wonders. Have been warm & toasty at 19 degrees. Suggest a hoodie to sleep in. Hood stays on better than a beanie for kids. Those floor mats that snap together like a puzzle are the best for the thermal break on the floor. No heaters with kids!! That's just asking for a horror story!

Keep the tents smaller with 2 or 3 girls per tent. a four man tent with 2 girls & gear vs. 3 girls & gear kept in the camper.

Kids are resilient & don't notice or care about the temps as much as adults do. Just make it fun for them & they will have a great memory to share with their kids!!

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Old 10-02-2016, 08:33 AM   #27
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One of the things I do when tent camping in cold weather is lay an old blanket over the top of the tent to insulate it , then another layer of thin cheap plastic to keep the moisture and dew off the blanket .
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:32 AM   #28
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10 girls in a tent...? That produces a lot of heat! What makes you think 10 girls together are going to sleep?
That is my biggest concern, lol.
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:52 AM   #29
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Just bring lots of wood for a fire. Those girls will be too excited and they'll be having too much fun to sleep!
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Just use a small electric heater in the tent.
No, no, no. No heaters, no lanterns (other than battery operated). If you have ever seen anyone burned in a tent fire, it does not have a good outcome. I knew of a girl who was burned and her two year old brother died in that tent fire. Use nice, thick sleeping bags and blankets instead.


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