DRESSING FOR COLD WEATHER
Though a non-Canadian, I guess I am something of an expert on cold weather.
My first years in the Navy were spent between Newfoundland and Iceland. By my mid-twenties I was a Navy survival instructor – instructing winter bush survival. I attended two Navy survival schools and the Canadian Forces Winter Bush survival school. My wife and I lived in rural Maine for four years off the grid and eleven years in the Alaska bush, including one year on the Arctic Circle. Now we are back in the western Maine mountains.
Winter preparedness is simply a matter of preparation, beginning with the clothes you wear.
I don’t bother with L.L. Bean and Cabala's when preparing for deep winter cold. Their products are fine if you want to flash their labels on the ski slopes; but for true winter preparedness you should look to people who work outside for a living and find out what they wear.
Logging in Maine is a big business. Hear in the mountains logging trucks are as common on the road as 4X4 pickups. Nobody is more exposed during the winter than loggers and they shop at Labonville. You won’t find loggers wearing silk long johns
I dress in layers in the winter. When working outside I wear double layered wool and cotton long johns (Coldpruf from Labonville,) wool shirts (not those yuppie light weight wool shirts – but heavy Woolrich 100% wool,) I have wool sweaters, wool mixed socks, and a wool bush coat. I do wear L.L. Bean rubber bottom boots. For gloves I buy work gloves one size too large and a pair of cotton gloves for liners.
|Empty wine bottles a good way to dry gloves.|
Drink more wine.
In my car I carry extra gloves, and emergency equipment including a light axe and shovel.
I love the winter, because I dress for it. If you are cold outside it is your own fault – you are not dressed properly.