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GROUND RULES by cl i f f jacobson Out in the Cold


Test your knowledge of winter camping by answering these challenging questions.


3 Given equal thermal efficiency, which sleeping-bag fill is best in below-freezing temperatures? a) goose down b) Polarguard Delta c) Primaloft d) all are good, if you keep them dry


4 You’re going on a five-mile hike on a cold (10-degree), clear day. What shouldn’t you wear? a) fleece pullover and cotton-shell parka b) snowmobile suit c) acrylic sweater and nylon shell parka d) polyester long underwear and wool sweater


IF YOU LIKE TO BE on your own, go camping in winter. However, the winter woods won’t tolerate sloppy skills. You can get into trouble fast if you don’t know what you’re doing. Take this quiz to see how much you know about winter camping. Note: Some questions may have more than one correct answer.


1 Temperatures may dip to zero at night. Which sleeping system is best? a) an air mattress and a 35-degree sleeping bag b) a closed-cell foam pad and a 35-degree sleeping bag c) a minus-20-degree bag; snow is soft, so there’s no need for a foam pad d) a closed-cell foam pad and two 35-degree sleeping bags


2 You don’t need a water bottle in winter. If you’re thirsty, just eat snow. True False


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5 Which of the following shouldn’t you wear when winter camping? a) wool sweater b) blue jeans c) acrylic stocking cap d) polyester long underwear


7 Which of these should you have inside your Quinzee hut at night? a) trail stove b) folding saw c) candle d) shovel


8 You have a jug filled with drink- ing water. It’s best to: a) set it upside-down in the snow b) set it right-side-up in the snow c) cover it with a tarp d) put it inside your tent


9 Where should you place your plastic ground cloth when tenting in snow? a) inside the tent b) under the tent floor c) you don’t need a ground cloth in winter


1 Which trail stove is bad for winter camping? a) gasoline b) butane c) kerosene d) propane


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1 Which of the following would be most useful when washing dishes? a) leather gloves b) rubber gloves c) a sponge d) a thin plastic food scraper


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6 You are building a Quinzee hut. The wind is blowing from the north. In which direction should the door face? a) to the north b) to the south c) it doesn’t matter


1 You’re going on a five-day hike. Temperatures may vary from zero to freezing. Which item is best left at home? a) raingear b) cotton hoodie c) cotton-shell parka d) all of the above


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