A mistake people commonly make is thinking they've got plenty of clothing. Another is to fail to think about the no-energy, low-technology context. Each winter day, most arise in a warm house, eat a hastily microwaved breakfast or stop by Carl's Jr. on the way to work. Most run scantily clad from warm house to warm car, from warm car to warm office, then reverse the process in late afternoon. In a crisis, there is no car, there is no heated office, there is no heated home. By default, the same temperature inside home is the same as on the outside, there is just no wind.




Here are some suggestions garnered from a recent tip passed around by someone with lots of high-altitude, cold-weather camping experience. When not more specific, these details assume a man who typically wears 2X shirts.



Body core




"Heart" warmer

A pocketed device, made from 100% cotton "dam cloth" purchased from Cal-Ranch, to be worn over the body core. A strap goes around the neck which is adjustable for size and the heart warmer pocket is placed under the jacket. The pocket holds a suitable stone that has been warmed near the campfire. This is an external heat source to warm on very chilly days or nights. A second stone can be warming near the campfire to replace the first. Use a smooth stone the size of a large bar of soap. Do not collect rocks from water without drying them out a long time; they may shatter when heated.

Bed warmer

Similarly, for night, a bed-warmer stone that's brick-sized. Roll in a bath towel (or "dam-cloth"). Often lasts all night long.