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The Off-road Insiders Podcast

Dec 8, 2023


Tammy - Published a Book on amazon “How to Declutter Your Life -  Step by Step Guide” 


Nate - Spent the week in one of his least favorite places

Brought home a cold

Saw a cool use for a 4Xe at AWS Re:Invent in Vegas

Main Topic

  1. Choose the Right Tent: Select a four-season or winter tent designed to withstand cold and snowy conditions. These tents are typically sturdier and have less mesh to keep the warmth inside.

  2. Insulate Your Tent: Add an insulating layer to the tent floor, such as a thick sleeping pad or a closed-cell foam pad. This helps prevent cold from seeping through the ground.

  3. Quality Sleeping Bag: Invest in a high-quality sleeping bag with an appropriate temperature rating for the expected cold. Consider a mummy-style bag for better heat retention.

    1. Over-estimte the rating, comfort is not the same as survival

  4. Layered Clothing: Dress in layers to regulate your body temperature. Use moisture-wicking base layers to keep sweat away from your skin and add insulating layers as needed.

  5. Stay Dry: Keep moisture out of your tent. Wipe off snow before entering, and make sure wet clothing is stored outside the sleeping area to prevent condensation inside the tent.

  6. Ventilation: Despite the cold, proper ventilation is crucial to prevent condensation inside the tent. Leave a small opening for airflow, or use the adjustable vents in your tent.

    1. Not to mention CO2 from whatever your heat source might be

  7. Hot Water Bottles: Fill a heat-resistant water bottle with hot water and place it in your sleeping bag to add warmth during the night. Make sure it's tightly sealed to avoid leaks.

  8. Campsite Selection: Choose a sheltered campsite away from wind exposure. Look for natural barriers like trees or hills to block the wind, and avoid low-lying areas where cold air can settle.

  9. Eat High-Calorie Meals: Consume high-calorie meals to provide your body with the energy it needs to stay warm. Hot beverages and high-energy snacks can be particularly beneficial.

  1. Emergency Preparedness: Be prepared for unexpected weather changes. Pack a reliable emergency kit with essentials like a first aid kit, extra food, a reliable light source, and a communication device.


Signs to watch for

  1. frost bite

    1. tingling skin

    2. stinging or burning sensation

    3. extremely cold skin

    4. loss of feeling

  2. hypothermia

    1. general loss of speech or motor skills

      1. trouble speaking or mumbling 

      2. trouble thinking

      3. trouble walking or general clumsiness

    2. weak pulse

    3. drowsiness

    4. loss of consciousness

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