Winter Camping


FIRE…Good or Bad? Some thoughts…

Nowhere in winter clothing or sleeping systems will you see any provision for fire to provide body heat. Fire in the winter is a “false god” in regard to warmth. The human body itself is like a big furnace. You stoke your furnace with good food and water; it burns the food and provides the heat, which your heart circulates throughout your body. Layers of insulation determine how much of that heat is retained and how warm you will feel. Fire is useful for turning snow into water, for heating water for cooking, and for its cheerful glow. Extreme care must be taken around an open fire. Do not get too close with synthetic fiber garments or boots.
These can shrivel, melt, or become damaged from the reflected heat

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