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    Question Stopping kit from freezing whilst winter hanging.

    I'm wondering what others do to stop their kit freezing in extended cold hangs?

    Do you keep things in the hammock next to your body heat?
    How do you avoid kit rolling into the bottom of the hammock at night?
    Electronics are obviously easy to keep warm in a pocket but what about big things like spare boot liners/damp boots etc?
    Do you use a hot water bottle (Nalgene) to keep stuff thawed instead?


    Whats your strategy?

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    My footwear (or felt liners if using my Sorrels) are placed in a plastic bag and then into a stuff sack. These go in the hammock with me and placed under my knees. This is only done in temps in the single digits or below. Any next to skin clothing I plan on putting on in the AM is in with me. Often used as some sort of pillow, or on top of the shoebag. Other things I don't worry about.

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    I use pretty much the same system as DuctTape.

    To keep stuff in place, I have some prusics and mini biners that I attach to my ridgeline. Then I can attach a stuff sack to the biner to keep it in place near the peak of my hammock. 2QZQ make peak bags for this purpose, but I just re-use the ones that I pack my gear in.

    I find boots to be the most difficult to deal with. If you have liners, sleep in them or with them. If your boots are frozen in the morning, you can put boiling water in your bottles and stuff the bottles in your boots to thaw them out, or just wear them until they thaw (which, more often than not, is painful). Wearing vapor barrier liners will keep the moisture from your feet from getting in your boots.

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    Good suggestions guys.

    The boots under the knees is great, TBH that one was causing me a headache aswell.

    Any more tips/ tricks?

    Does anyone else use re-usable, charcoal or catalytic hand warmers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnerminator View Post
    I'm wondering what others do to stop their kit freezing in extended cold hangs?

    Do you keep things in the hammock next to your body heat?
    How do you avoid kit rolling into the bottom of the hammock at night?
    Electronics are obviously easy to keep warm in a pocket but what about big things like spare boot liners/damp boots etc?
    Do you use a hot water bottle (Nalgene) to keep stuff thawed instead?


    Whats your strategy?
    I sleep with my water for "Breakfast from the Hammock". In a chest pocket against body I have camera battery, lip balm, lighter, 1 ounce of alcohol for morning.
    Boots I just spread out before they freeze and step in in the morn'.
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    A half of a cap-full of stove alcohol in the boot and a flick of the lighter is a glorious thing on a cold morning. I let the flame go for a few seconds, blow it out, and cram my feet in there. Feels really, really nice.

    I don't like boots in my hammock. The only exception being the Ridgerunner and its saddlebags. Alas, I can't imagine them doing much for the boots being cold in the morning.
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    It helps Minnesota when southern boys move to and adapt to the northern climates. Minnesotans are reserved, quiet, speak few words and rarely refer to themselves in the third person. A southern boy in Minnesota is like adding some hot sauce to the Lutefisk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clearis View Post
    It helps Minnesota when southern boys move to and adapt to the northern climates. Minnesotans are reserved, quiet, speak few words and rarely refer to themselves in the third person. A southern boy in Minnesota is like adding some hot sauce to the Lutefisk.
    I love this so much. We are a bit loud......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    A half of a cap-full of stove alcohol in the boot and a flick of the lighter is a glorious thing on a cold morning. I let the flame go for a few seconds, blow it out, and cram my feet in there. Feels really, really nice.
    I had never heard that one before

    I wear a Ribz Pack just outside of my first layer. I keep water and food in it as well as electronics. Sleep with it as well. As I eat food from the Ribz pack I add more to let it get to body temp before eating.

    Boots I bag the liners if I have not used VB socks and put them under my knees. With VB liners I don't need to keep them from freezing so they get cold but not real bad.
    Put them on and make a circle hike around the campsite before starting the morning chores
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