Keeping dry

On a hot summer day, a sweaty shirt dries quickly in the sun and heat after you've stopped working. But in winter, there is little warmth from the sun to dry out wet clothing. The only other source of heat to dry a shirt is your own body, and tremendous amounts of energy are necessary to evaporate water. Wearing damp clothing is the quickest way to chill yourself.

Avoid dampness by regulating your pace and not allowing yourself to overheat. If clothes get damp, either from perspiration or precipitation, change as soon as camp is reached. If several layers of clothing are damp, at least change the layer closest to your skin.

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