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Improving your backcountry sleeping game—Part 1 -
posted 1 month ago
Bicycle bags was an auto correct for bivy bag.
Don’t be afraid to talk about vapor barriers. If you are not snow caving in sub zero weather you better think about vapor barriers to maintain your down insulation for those week or longer back country cold camps. A person’s body gives off moisture no matter how cold. Think about how your feet sweat in your boots no matter how cold it is. Well your body does that in a sleeping bag no matter how cold it is. Specifically feet, groin and arm pits. This warm moist air is actually moving away from your body through your sleeping bag insulation until it cools enough to condense. Let’s call that the dew point. This is typically in some layer of insulation. Eventually as down becomes moist it looses it’s insulation value and the dew point gets closer to your body unless you can completely dry your sleeping bag insulation. So this is why mountaineering and extreme cold expeditions have used vapor barriers.
Never heard of this? Well it’s been around for quite a while. Back in the late 90s I was in a unit that could purchase equipment through civilian channels. We were issued feather friends sleeping bags with vapor barriers and bicycle bags.
Bringing a bow to a gunfight -
posted 3 months ago
Good article. I have complained the last few years about how it takes less points to get a rifle tag then a bow tag. I guess it’s time to shut up and bow hunt the tag I can get.
Could there be a wolf reintroduction initiative on the Colorado ballot? -
posted 9 months ago
My local CO units aren’t above objective and cow tags are being reduced to try to bring herd numbers back up.
If you read the Lewis and Clark journals, then I am sure you are aware of the areas that were void of ungulates and their difficulties finding anything to hunt. If you want a more recent account of cyclic predator prey relationship directly involving wolves, please read Shadows on the Koyuk. This will give you a native perspective of the hardships when the predator prey cycle is going through the low prey high predator ratio. Luckily they could rely on salmon as a fail safe.