ATTENTION: ANY OF THE BRANDS CAN BE SUBSTITUTED FOR SOMETHING CHEAPER. It’s the layering system that matters, not the brand or how much you spend. Budget friendly items are totally acceptable. And wool and down can be replaced for synthetic products if you can’t afford them.
There are a lot of things that can kill you in the outdoors, but the thing that gets most people is the cold. Nothing is more sneaky than becoming hypothermic. It sneaks up on you quickly and before you’re even aware of it you begin to lose dexterity in your fingers. That loss of dexterity turns into one of those times you can’t seem to get fire. You’re tired, feeling sleepy, and you laydown to ride out a storm and never wake up.
The top two things that kill people are cold and trauma. And becoming cold is 100% preventable and all about choosing the right clothing for the adventures you’re planning. Short of falling in a creek, what you carry to stay warm should be a little overkill for any weather you might run into.
In survival training, the first priority of survival is shelter and clothing is your first line of shelter from the weather. So before you plan a trip, you need to plan your clothing, how you will pack it, and what is the worst case scenario that I might find myself in if the weather turns bad.
So lets jump in and talk about all these layers you’re going to need for temperatures -10 degrees F and above. Keep in mind that this is geared towards survivalist and bushcrafting minded type outdoorsman.