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    X2 for newspapers! I did just buy a seek stove as well. Haven’t tried it yet.

  2. #27
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    Jan 2017
    Location
    interior Alaska
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    One of my friends went back country skiing and did not put her boots inside her sleeping bag.
    Result was the hospital with frost bitten toes....

    For backpacking with leather boots, try to minimize feet moisture by frequently changing
    socks during the day and make sure the exterior is treated so waterproof.
    Before putting in sleeping bag when boots are still warm, stuff with paper towels or newspaper to
    wick as much foot moisture as possible.

    Rapidly warming expensive frozen leather boots by the fire can ruin them,
    so best to prevent that by keeping them unfrozen in sleeping bag.

  3. #28
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    Jan 2019
    Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
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    I’ll never forget tent camping on public land in Arkansas for a week in late January. We were hunting mallards in the flooded timber reservoirs. Every night our wet waders would freeze solid. Every morning it was hilarious watching each other warm them by the fire and attempt to put those on knowing they were freezing cold!

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    Back in the dark ages of the 1970's, winter backpacking, I learned to:

    Boil a pot of water just before bed. Pour that water into a watertight bottle, toss it in the foot of the sleeping bag.

    Boots went into a waterproof bag (often the sleeping bag stuff sack) then into the foot of the sleeping bag as well.

    So.. I used an extra long mummy bag, and it was a little uncomfortable sleeping with a pair of boots and a water bottle inside my bag, but I was tired enough that it worked.

    Wake up in the morning with boots that are easy to put on, and with a quart of water, which was valuable for making coffee or just for drinking water.

    I still use those same tactics today, when I'm going to camp in an unheated tent in winter. Works well.

    Guy

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