back to news and reviews

Posted by

Pic – fantasticmrmatt.
Being cold can result in a very long, miserable night … dawn can’t come soon enough and your mind will be troubled with thoughts of hot showers all night long. It doesn’t have to be like that though, with a bit of common sense and planning there’s no reason why you can’t *enjoy, rather than endure the coldest conditions.

1/ Beware the wind … any form of shelter is better than nothing. Whatever you can do to get out of the wind will make a massive difference to how warm you are.

2/ Warm your sleeping bag. Get warm before you get in your bag, jog on the stop, jump up and down, have a little dance … anything to warm you up. If you do, your sleeping bag will hold that heat and you’ll be much warmer.

3/ Don’t get wet … obviously that’s easier said than done but if you do get wet, change into something dry as soon as you can. Damp, wet clothes will strip the heat from you very quickly. Condensation in bivvy bags can also be a problem, it’s not uncommon to wake up cold in the early hours because your sleeping bag’s damp from condensation and quickly loosing its insulation.

4/ Camp high … in cold, still conditions beware of valley bottoms. Cold air will sink into them and remain there. It’s often a few degrees warmer on the higher ground.

5/ If you’re sleeping on frozen ground pay more attention to insulation beneath you than on top. Double up on sleeping mats or lie on your pack, dry bags, etc.

6/ Once you’re cold it’s hard to warm up … put on extra clothes, hat, buff, etc before you start to feel cold.

7/ Don’t sweat … in freezing conditions it’s still possible to sweat while you’re riding. Once you stop or start to descend that sweat is going to cool you down rapidly and possibly even start to freeze.

8/ Eat, as simple as that … food will warm you up and keep you warm.

9/ Sleep on your side, the contact patch between you and the ground will be much smaller if you sleep on your side rather than your back.

10/ Anything you can put between you and a clear sky will be a bonus, even sleeping below low branches will help slow down the amount of heat lost into the air.

* This may be stretching things a touch but at least you’ll be alive and miserable.

0 Comments

You may also be interested in

On the Highland Trail with Andrea Rodgers.

The Highland Trail holds a special place in the hearts of many and fascinates many more. It can leave an indelible mark that no amount of scrubbing can remove. Andrea Rodgers AKA Trepid Explorer joined this years grand depart and upon returning home, agreed to share her experiences about an itch you can’t scratch. Thank […]

Read Full Article

Custom Merit Gear Popcorn Bags.

If you’re going to bikepack, then you’ll need some luggage. Once upon a time, your options were somewhat limited but over the years they’ve steadily grown and now they’re at a point where they feel almost infinite. While you might choose to festoon your bike with a full set of matching custom luggage, you might […]

Read Full Article

Book Club – Surf an’ turf.

I’m something of a scant planner and it’s perhaps fair to say that I’m usually guided by whim, fancy and misfortune rather than global positioning systems. Any plans beyond ‘I’m going that way’ are seldom adhered to as I find myself easily distracted by all and every track and path that beckons me with a […]

Read Full Article

Shopping Cart
There are no products in the cart!
Continue Shopping