M’s Scout troop went camping last weekend, in a very-appropriately-named “Freezeout” event. M can now say that, not only has he camped outside in a tent when it’s below freezing, he’s even camped out below zero. The overnight low temp was -4 degrees F (-20 degrees C).
He managed to stay reasonably warm, although he could have done with one more layer of socks. Fortunately, he had some random rags with him (one to wrap his canteen in as a hot water bottle at night, and then some for an event his troop was doing). He wrapped the rags around his feet as an extra layer for warmth. 10 out of 10 points for ingenuity, there.
He also made the discovery that if you leave your headlamp sitting out overnight in extreme cold, the batteries die, even though the headlamp is off. Fortunately it was just a one-night trip. Judging by how tired and ravenous he was by the time he came home, despite the fact he ate nearly constantly on the trip, it’s good for a lot of reasons this was just a one-night trip!