As the winter months tend to restrict our movements these are the traditional times our minds and hands turn to our kit - repairing and clean items hard used in the warmer month or browsing the web and catalogues for that new must have!!
So with this in mind I will randomly post a few top tips to help focus your search, help you plan for future trips or just select the right item from your favourite bushcraft trading post.
The bushcraft 101 of top tips -
1. Sleeping bags whether down or synthetic are better packed in a ruck sack by stuffing them in the top than by rolling them up and putting in a stuff sack as this prevents the fibres/insolation being crushed by repeated folding.
2. Always air a sleeping bag between uses if possible as you can perspire and breath up to .7 Litre of moisture into your bag each night.
3. When buying a sleeping bag ponder the following - do you want down or fibre? How warm is the bag and how cold will it be used down too? How much does the bag weigh? Does the bag have a baffle? Will the bag be long enough?
4. Remember makes extreme temperature range is always over imaginative as a rule of thumb drop 10 degrees and this will mean you always sleep warm! Also dont be afraid of a big bag - the bigger the bag the more insulation!
5. Sleep clothed - light wear (t-shirt and undies) in summer - warmer layers to match to cold in winter - wearing a hat and a scarf or headover in your bag will warm you a great deal.
6. In cold weather wear a balaclava over your nose and mouth - breath through it to warm the air before you take it into your lunges - alturnatively sleep with your outer layer smock over your head and breath into a sleeve - this will keep you warm and prevent ice build up around your face and bags rim.
More tips to follow!!