STAYING WARM AND DRY
Keeping adequately warm and dry should stand near the top of any list of important requirements for wilderness living. Whether you’re in transit or at your campsite, it’s vital to protect yourself from getting seriously wet from rain, and to be adequately insulated from cool or cold temperatures. This is not just a matter of comfort. At times your life may depend on it (see Chapter 13 for a discussion of hypothermia).
At the very least, the enjoyment of a wilderness experience is likely to be thoroughly dampened if you get soaked to the skin and seriously chilled. Even if you build a fire and have brought a good sleeping bag, it can be difficult to warm up once you’re badly chilled. Know about and practice layering in cold weather to minimize the possibility of this happening (see Chapter 6).
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