Well, this sounds like safe fun!
Originally Posted by Doctari
Thanks all! Even if we don't do the survival stuff right, at least it will be a learning experience.
The soaked wood is a personal thing: at Mt Rogers this year EVERY THING was SOAKING WET and frozen / freezing, so I want to at least give starting very wet wood a go. In one test, I'm going to use one 15 minute road flair as the starter. Granted, it won't be frozen, but at least I'll have practice.
I kind of suspected that last winter's Mt.Rogers experience might have been one of the motivators for this trip. A big roaring fire would have been nice on that trip, I'm thinking! Or at least a stove ( or multiple stoves) that could have been used either by the hypothermic person(with poor thinking ability) or whatever person who was not yet hypothermic to quickly boil large amounts of water for drink and cooking. Oh yeah baby, hot food and drink into the belly of the hypo- or near hypo-thermic person, that is nice!
Another thing to work out is either:
1:how to be sure you can keep dry or
2: Are there clothes that can be worn so that, even if you get wet it won't be that big of a disaster, or that will at least dry very quickly once out of the rain?
Torrential rain fall just above freezing ( or even warmer temps) can really turn into a nightmare, can it not?
Wish I could join you guys!