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Tin Man
2010-12-13, 18:02
How to keep your feets warmer on a cold night in the woods:

Heat water before bed, pour into Nalgene bottle, insert into foot of sleeping bag.

Read about it for years, finally tried it this past weekend on a scout trip. It works! The bottle was still warm in the am, some 7 hours later.

Hog On Ice
2010-12-13, 18:06
actually IMO it works better if you put the bottle in a sock and put it against your femoral artery ie stick it between your legs

warraghiyagey
2010-12-13, 18:09
Should you use iodine tabs or a water filter before you heat it?

Hog On Ice
2010-12-13, 18:11
beats me - I never do

Kanga
2010-12-13, 18:15
warrghy, seriously? everyone knows you stir the water vigorously with a leki pole until it heats up. sheesh!

Bulldawg
2010-12-13, 18:16
Which leki pole is best for said stirring?

Cuffs
2010-12-13, 18:23
Super Makalu, TI CO-TEC PA-AS! that one!

Bulldawg
2010-12-13, 18:28
super makalu, ti co-tec pa-as! That one!

yeah, ok, i think i have those so i am golden!

taildragger
2010-12-13, 18:37
I always just peed in a bottle, didn't have to lose heat to get up and pee, nor did I wast fuel for heating the water.

The only drawback was when I put my gatorade in my bag and I couldn't remember which was which in the morning...

SGT Rock
2010-12-13, 18:39
I use a piss bottle to save time and fuel.

Tin Man
2010-12-13, 18:40
I made coffee in the morning with that water, so some of these suggestions could be problematic...

Hog On Ice
2010-12-13, 18:42
besides a piss bottle is not warmer than your blood - you want a bottle that is warmer than your blood so as to get heat transfer into your blood

SGT Rock
2010-12-13, 18:43
Use my suggestion, then you can pretend that extra zing is Starbucks or sumthin'

SGT Rock
2010-12-13, 18:44
besides a piss bottle is not warmer than your blood - you want a bottle that is warmer than your blood so as to get heat transfer into your blood

It is warmer than me feet. My feet are always icebergs when I go to bed. It's been working. I did the hot water thing and thought it was too much heat.

Hog On Ice
2010-12-13, 18:44
on the other hand if one uses cactus I hear that its just as good the second time around

Hog On Ice
2010-12-13, 18:45
It is warmer than me feet. My feet are always icebergs when I go to bed. It's been working. I did the hot water thing and thought it was too much heat.

that's why the bottle is in a sock - to slow the heat transfer

SGT Rock
2010-12-13, 18:47
But then I would have to take my socks off.

Lugnut
2010-12-13, 18:49
actually IMO it works better if you put the bottle in a sock and put it against your femoral artery ie stick it between your legs

Or you could just wear Depends. :albertein

Hog On Ice
2010-12-13, 18:49
But then I would have to take my socks off.

hummm - that is a problem - maybe wrap it in you rain gear ?

cold feet IMO are a sign that your core temp is slightly low - warm up your core and the feet will warm up too

SGT Rock
2010-12-13, 18:50
I get them even in my house. Poor circulation maybe.

Hog On Ice
2010-12-13, 18:52
its also my opinion that feet are better off naked in the bag

SGT Rock
2010-12-13, 18:53
I just got some down socks for camp, they should help me.

mudhead
2010-12-13, 18:53
You need some "old man" slippers.

Superman
2010-12-13, 19:05
You need some "old man" slippers.

Who you callen old?:albertein

mudhead
2010-12-13, 19:07
The style of slipper. How's your hoof?

Hog On Ice
2010-12-13, 19:16
still ugly as all sin - no change

Tin Man
2010-12-13, 19:34
It is warmer than me feet. My feet are always icebergs when I go to bed. It's been working. I did the hot water thing and thought it was too much heat.

I didn't bring the water to a full boil and put on very heavy socks. Worked great.

Iceman
2010-12-13, 21:43
If your feet are cold, you need more insulation around your core....

Tin Man
2010-12-13, 22:00
If your feet are cold, you need more insulation around your core....

like a nice furry kitty?

dixicritter
2010-12-13, 22:02
Dachshunds work well for keeping you warm in a hammock.

taildragger
2010-12-13, 22:03
If your feet are cold, you need more insulation around your core....

I have the problem of the feet being cold and the torso, head, upper thigh being too warm a lot of the time. I think thats more related to the heat theory thread though.

SGT Rock
2010-12-13, 22:04
I have the problem of the feet being cold and the torso, head, upper thigh being too warm a lot of the time. I think thats more related to the heat theory thread though.

I was thinking the same thing.

Lugnut
2010-12-13, 22:44
There's getting to be too much actual hiking information posted here lately! :argh:

Bulldawg
2010-12-13, 23:00
There's getting to be too much actual hiking information posted here lately! :argh:

Happens that way when another hiking website turns into the Gestapo and runs off all the real hikers.

Lugnut
2010-12-13, 23:13
Well yeah, that too.

Ray
2010-12-15, 00:05
Nalgene??!

But what about all that PCB, DDT and dioxins that will migrate out of the Nalgene and give you deadly foot cancer or something?

...just trying to bring a little touch of WhiteBlaze into the discussion...

You can ban me now.

Hog On Ice
2010-12-15, 00:07
I don't think that is worthy enough for banning


how about five lashes with a wet noodle?

SGT Rock
2010-12-15, 00:07
OK then
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ag8cy9r2XdE/Sw_i1lnp-4I/AAAAAAAAGlw/sv3nG438B20/s1600/ban.jpg
But I can't see how that helps.

Hog On Ice
2010-12-15, 00:08
well if you use enough then he'll be invisible - still solid but invisible

Superman
2010-12-15, 04:37
I'd post but I'm moderated...er...maybe it's mutten headed.:angel:

warraghiyagey
2010-12-15, 08:58
Haha. . . Ray got banned. . . . :beer: . . . wonder if he's wearing his Rayban's. . . :angel:

GGS
2010-12-15, 15:55
While ingesting alcohol doesn't warm you up - it actually does the opposite - if you know you have your core body temperature taken care of, but just can't get the heat to those toes and fingers, a drink or two helps open the blood vessels and heat those extremities. Warm feet warm up the end of the sleeping bag and help keep toes warm all night. Does for me anyway...

Tin Man
2010-12-15, 16:00
I must not be drinking enough. Of course, on scout trip I can't drink at all. :argh:

J.D.
2010-12-17, 19:35
OK then
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ag8cy9r2XdE/Sw_i1lnp-4I/AAAAAAAAGlw/sv3nG438B20/s1600/ban.jpg
But I can't see how that helps.

Antiperspirant on your feet = less sweat = drier sox = warmer feet - which works! YMMV; but, try it.

Deodorant part is only for keeping varmints from nibbling on toes.

JPW
2010-12-18, 20:49
Back in time we would wrap a hot rock in newspaper, then wrap cloths around it and eather use it for a pillow or put it in the bottom of our bag. I'll have to try the hot water trick, sounds like a winner.

Tin Man
2010-12-18, 22:05
Back in time we would wrap a hot rock in newspaper, then wrap cloths around it and eather use it for a pillow or put it in the bottom of our bag. I'll have to try the hot water trick, sounds like a winner.

oh yeah, its the bomb! i read about it a couple times, but usually too tired, too lazy or too... um, bombed... to bother. It is awesome, try it.

SGT Rock
2010-12-19, 07:58
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Here is a foot warmer for ya.

Ray
2010-12-19, 09:28
Back in time we would wrap a hot rock in newspaper, then wrap cloths around it and eather use it for a pillow or put it in the bottom of our bag. I'll have to try the hot water trick, sounds like a winner.I tried that on one trip. I don't do it anymore though. Carrying the rock to the next campsite was a pain.

sheepdog
2010-12-19, 15:29
I tried that on one trip. I don't do it anymore though. Carrying the rock to the next campsite was a pain.

you're supposed to put it in someone else's pack. :angel:

Tin Man
2010-12-19, 17:37
you're supposed to put it in someone else's pack. :angel:

preferably without them knowing

enviro
2010-12-27, 16:48
Is that why that rock was in my pack?

Have to be careful about heating rocks in a fire, certain kinds of rocks especially with lots of moisture can explode if heated very quickly.

enviro
2010-12-27, 16:54
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Here is a foot warmer for ya.

Great movie!

sheepdog
2010-12-28, 00:32
Is that why that rock was in my pack?

Have to be careful about heating rocks in a fire, certain kinds of rocks especially with lots of moisture can explode if heated very quickly.

yep, avoid river rocks.

hikingshoes
2011-01-06, 00:24
How to keep your feets warmer on a cold night in the woods:

Heat water before bed, pour into Nalgene bottle, insert into foot of sleeping bag.

Read about it for years, finally tried it this past weekend on a scout trip. It works! The bottle was still warm in the am, some 7 hours later.

I just got back from a hike this weekend and the temp.was 18deg..Had my 700 down Booties on and my feets was very warm.HS

SGT Rock
2011-01-06, 19:48
I just got me some down socks I plan to try out: http://goosefeet.webs.com/

Looks like I'm going to need them this weekend.