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M Backpacking With A Thermometer

by Rex Sanders

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Article Summary:

It's 3 am, and despite wearing all my warm clothing once again I'm wide awake and shivering in a sleeping bag rated to 30 F (-2 C). I think the temperature is above freezing because my water bottle isn't frozen, but I'm not sure. What's going on? How can I fix this problem? How much longer can I lay here before I must get up and pee?

I have been backpacking with a thermometer for decades. Why do I carry a thermometer? How do I use a thermometer while backpacking? What are my criteria for a good thermometer? Why did I choose the thermometers I use today? What have I learned from thermometers? How do other backpackers use thermometers?


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