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Know the Three Layer System for Your Emergency Winter Survival Gear

Know the Three Layer System for Your Emergency Winter Survival Gear
By Lauren M Reed

The most basic requirement in facing the harsh conditions of the outdoors, especially during winter, is proper clothing. Dressing up appropriately for all the expected conditions is your first line of defence when considering your safety. Have you heard of the “three layer system”? This is a popular term for people who are seriously into extreme outdoor activities like winter hiking and climbing. But even if you are not into these things, it is still best to be aware as to when or if ever a situation or an emergency arises, you will know how to be protected in the winter cold. As you go through the rest of this article, you will find out the types of clothes you need for your emergency winter survival gear.

The first of this three layer system is the base or inner layer which is the clothes directly in contact with your skin. This is actually not just to absorb body moisture. Primarily, this layer should wick the sweat away from your body and somehow send the moisture to the other layers of clothing so it can eventually evaporate. A secondary function is for additional insulation that is most needed in extremely cold weather condition. Examples of these clothes are capilene shirts, thin socks, thinsulate hats and full tights or leggings.

The second or mid layer is mainly for insulation. Examples are fleece jackets, wool hats, wool socks, wool mittens and wool pants. Notice that these are thicker fabrics than those you need to wear as the base layer. It is best to use garments that are made of polyester, wool and fleece. Down fabrics are good for insulation but is not really effective as an aid in the moisture wicking process, so try to do away with this as much as possible.

The third and outer most layers is referred to as the “shell” which aids in repelling water from snow, rain, fog and dew. These are also for protection against wind and act as a shield against scrapes, abrasion and chafing. This layer may include a hooded parka, nylon pants, rubber boots and leather over mittens.

The mixing and matching of the above garments will depend on both the amount of heat and cold needed by the body during winter survival. Bear in mind the basic rule, the mantra, in surviving such weather conditions, “cool and dry stay alive”. Too much sweating is not good so you have to limit the garments in such a way that you are also getting enough coolness to limit the sweating process.

Proper winter clothing gears are among the basics in winter survival but all of us know that there is more to just wearing good clothes in order to survive such conditions. You also have to be ready with other emergency winter survival gears like flashlight, whistles and a GPS handheld unit if possible. You can check stores that offer these things to be sure that you will be well protected in such explorations.

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Make your own homemade First Aid Kit to take on every hiking, camping or backpacking trek. All wilderness trekkers should carry one!

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when i was 4 yrs old my parents found a tick in my head half way under my scalp, but i never got lyme disease, how come? can a reg blood test tell you if you have it or not? or is their a special test you have to take to know if you are infected with the disease?

Not all ticks carry Lyme. That being said, there are many cases where people were bit by ticks and didn’t fall ill until years later. It appears that sometimes the bacteria can go “underground”–perhaps held at bay by your immune system–only to burst forth much later.

Are you experiencing symptoms now that seem like they could be Lyme-related? If so, it’s worth educating yourself about the disease.

Good sources of info about Lyme disease:
http://www.lymedisease.org
http://www.canlyme.com
http://www.lymenet.org
http://www.lymeinfo.net
http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org
http://www.ilads.org
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Backpacker Gear Awards 09

Merrell Women’s Chameleon Arc Wind Hiking Shoe $99.95

Like a blast of fresh air, the Merrell Women’s Chameleon Arc Wind Hiking Shoe energized day hikes and everyday life with more support under your feet than a running shoe and greater flexibility than a backpacking boot. With a women-specific design and Q-Form™ Triple Density Air Cushion® midsole, this enduring flyer provides a precise fit and comfortable ride with every stabilized stride. It’s nubuck/suede leather with ventilated mesh upper partners with a breathable mesh Aegis™ antimicrobial lining to keep your feet feeling refreshed mile after mile. Ready-for-anything, a gripping Vibram® sole gets you there without a hitch. • Material: Nubuck/Suede Leather and Ventilated Mesh Upper • Breathable Polyester Mesh Aegis® Antimicrobial Lining • Breathable Padded Tongue • Slip Lasted Construction • Injection Molded TPU Heel Bumper • Protective Rubber Rand and Toe Bumper • 4.5mm Ortholite® Anatomical Footbed • In-Board™ Compression Molded EVA Footframe with Grade 1 Tapered Nylon Insole • Molded to Bottom • Q-Form® Triple Density Compression Molded EVA Footframe • Merrell Air Cushion Midsole • 4 mm Sole Lug Depth • Vibram® Chameleon Arc™ Sole/TC5+ Rubber • Women’s Weight: 1 lb. 12 ozs.

 

1 Reviews – Merrell: Women’s Chameleon Arc Wind Hiking Shoe

“You can’t go wrong! These shoes are incredibly comfortable, they look great and the tread is perfect for hiking or even every day wear. I am very pleased and would order another pair without hesitation! You can’t go wrong with these shoes!” *****

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Starting fires in the rain of the Northwest

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I think it's the will to survive.
I believe it's the will to survive and vanquishing fear, people without wilderness survival skills have survived because they had the will to carry on and people with survival skills couldn't vanquish fear and died. But, always choose what you think is important.

Having confidence in your abilities, and staying calm are very important. If you start to freak out, you'll forget some key survival tips. Beyond that, being able to find food, water, shelter, and your way back to civilization should be your top priority.

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Filed Under (The Great Outdoors) by admin on 22-04-2009

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Filed Under (The Great Outdoors) by admin on 14-04-2009

this segment covers the Smoky MTNS, part of North carolina and Tenn. This is featured, or some of it on my first documentary “Walking With Freedom” walkingwithfreedom.com Thanks and enjoy!

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PART 1 of 5: A complete series of videos by Nutnfancy and my friend chronicling firemaking in cold and snowy conditions using backpacking equipment only. The series shows the scenery, adventure, survival philosophy, gear observations, our standard joking around, and the good times with long time friend BuggetNuster (YouTube name) and Allie the Mountain Dog. We hiked into the snowy and cold Rocky Mountain bivouac location I had chosen earlier for my Wilderness Lean-To series of videos. A few …

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