Gear & Clothing
How to Build Sleds ] How to Make Snowshoes ] Hudson Bay Capote ] How to Make Skate Sails ] Layering ] Survival Kits ] How to Make Moccasins ] Snow Ballista, Catapult ] Equipment List ]

 

 

 

Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

How to Build Sleds
How to Make Snowshoes
Hudson Bay Capote
How to Make Skate Sails
Layering
Survival Kits
How to Make Moccasins
Snow Ballista, Catapult
Equipment List

Winter Camp
Activities & Recreation
Food & Water
Gear & Clothing
Health & Safety
Sleep & Shelter
Travel & Navigation

Scout Books

Site Contents

How to Build Snowshoes

 

 

 

Hunt-0.jpg (849166 bytes)How to Build 21 Sleds,
Sleighs, Toboggans,
& an Ice Boat

 

 

Skate Sail Plans 
(Skater's Wings)

 

 

Make a Hudson Bay Capote

(Indian Blanket Coat)

 

 

How to Make Moccasins 

 

 

Make a Winter Survival Kit
for Winter Camping

bullet5 Major Functions of Emergency Preparedness Kits
bulletRecommendations For Personal Survival Kits
bulletPocket Survival Equipment

 

snowballista.gif (44521 bytes)

Snow Ballista, Catapult

 

Winter Gear & Clothing Hints:

There is no such thing as bad weather, 
just poor choices in gear & clothing.

 
bullet

Everything takes longer and moves slower in cold and snow.  Equipment is more bulky and heavy.  The days are shorter and much of your camp activities will take place In the dark.  Patience is not simply a virtue at this point, it is fundamental. 

 

bullet

Keep your camera inside your shirt or your jacket so it stays warm enough to operate, Film should also be carried close to your body because it tens to get brittle when cold. Wind film slowly to avoid tearing. 

 

bullet

Keep flashlight batteries inside a pocket. What may seem like dead batteries could be just cold batteries. 

 

bullet

Carry a small whiskbroom to brush off boots and gaiters, and a sponge to mop up damp spots. 

 

bullet

Keep clothing in stuff sacks so they don't accumulate snow while opening and closing your pack. 

 

bullet

If you can, tie a string to your flashlight and keep around your neck. Headlamps are best as they allow your hands to be free. 

 

bullet

Whenever you take off hats and mittens, always stow them in a secure place. Things will dry out in the winter, believe it or not. It's a process called sublimation. The dampness turns to ice and evaporates from ice. So damp things should be hung on dry surfaces such as tarp lines. 

 

bullet

Personal organization is crucial during the winter. You must know exactly where each and every single bit of your gear is at all times. 

 

bullet

Never set things in the snow. It is possible to drop a lit flashlight in the snow and never find it again.

 

bullet

Avoid cotton like the plaque. It becomes a frozen lump by the second morning.

 

bullet

Avoid metal cups (except for double-wall thermal), metal whistles etc. which will adhere to warm mouth tissue when cooled to winter's subzero temperatures.

 

bullet

Practice working with all of your equipment with mittens on and modify any equipment that can only operated with bare hands.

 

bullet

In winter camping there is very little margin for mistakes. If you forget to waterproof your boots and get wet feet, you will need to take action immediately to prevent frozen toes or feet.

 

bullet

Be careful around an open fire. Winter clothes and boots which provide good insulation from the cold, will also stop you from feeling the heat until the boots. mittens etc. are burning or melted.

 

bullet

Cotton kills because once it gets wet, it takes forever to dry in winter, leaving the door wide open for hypothermia. This is an essentially useless winter fabric, so leave the jeans at home. One caveat: bring a cotton bandana to clean your sunglasses.

 

bullet

Black is the best color for winter clothing because it absorbs solar radiation, keeping you warmer and enabling the material to dry quickly.

 

bullet

Don't overdress. Layers work best because you can take something off when you're sweating or add layers if you're chilly. Choose garments with zippers because they increase airflow and reduce sweating.

 

bullet

Bunting or fleece jackets are useless in most conditions without a windshell.

 

bullet

When you take off your gloves or mittens, put them inside your coat next to your body, rather than down on the snow.

 

bullet

The best way to keep your feet warm is to keep the rest of your body well covered. If your feet are cold put on a hat.

 

bullet

If your feet are cold, don't put on extra socks if your boots are already snug. Constricted toes are colder than those with room to wiggle.

 

bullet

Carry extra plastic bags (like those used for newspapers) to be used as tube sock vapor barriers directly next to the skin. Use these for Scouts with cold feet wearing boots too small for an extra pair of socks.

See Also:

What To Wear?

Winter Camping Gear Equipment Checklist

How to Plan a Winter Trek

Setting Up a Winter Campsite

Activities & Recreation
Food & Water
Health & Safety
Sleep & Shelter
Travel & Navigation

Winter Adventure

 

 

   

 

 


Additional Information:

How to Build Sleds ] How to Make Snowshoes ] Hudson Bay Capote ] How to Make Skate Sails ] Layering ] Survival Kits ] How to Make Moccasins ] Snow Ballista, Catapult ] Equipment List ]

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Winter Camp ] Activities & Recreation ] Food & Water ] [ Gear & Clothing ] Health & Safety ] Sleep & Shelter ] Travel & Navigation ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
Scuba ] Skills ] Games ] Shelter ] Fire ] Night ] B-P's Camping ] Hikes ] Indian ] Spring ] Summer ] Autumn ] Winter ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!

Search:

Keywords:

Amazon Logo

 

 

Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"
Rick(at)Kudu.Net

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  

 

Last modified: July 03, 2013.