Two From DTG

SHTF Shelters In Winter Weather

Preventing Snow Blindness

14 responses to “Two From DTG

  1. Those goggles come with an insert for the lens that is like sunglasses. Use these, and head for the shade when the bright gets to be too much. No shade? Make some, or stop operations.

  2. Creating a thin view slit in any kind of opaque eye covering to look through is a very old way of fighting snow blindness.
    Restricts your vision but better than becoming

  3. Having a pee bottle/bag would come in handy so to not loose
    body heat once inside sleeping bag or whatever “cheat” one
    is using to sleep in. Zip-Lock bags? It works 🙂

    Make your own pin hole glasses. Use your imagination:

    PLUS, Pin Hole glasses do wonders:
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    Improves vision clarity & resolution

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    Increases object brightness

    Pinhole glasses are proven to increase apparent object brightness – ideal if you struggle with vision in low-light situations

    Good vision at all distances

    Unlike bi-focal and tri-focal glasses that are designed to yield good vision at fixed distances, pinhole glasses allow you to see clearly at all distances, whether short, middle or long distance focus is required. Many users also find them less stressful on the eye than multi-focal or vari-focal lenses.

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  4. This is my snow blindness prevention story.

    Once, long, long ago, I was a Sergeant in the US Air Force at the Minuteman Air Force Base in Montana.

    In the middle of the night, about 0130, I was awakened by the CoQ

    • …runner and told to report of snow removal detail. Naturally, as a sergeant, I was upset with this imposition upon my sleep. I was assured that it was legitimate.

      A E6 Tech Sergeant, me, and 3 or 4 “airmen” got in a 4×4 crewcut pickup and drove to our first missile site. You see, one of the silos had leaked water from snow melt, its sump pump had failed, and the high water alarm had failed as well. Turns out the Minuteman missiles of the day had water soluble solid fuel rocket motors and the SAC brass had their skivvies bunched up over this. As the water slowly seeped out of the silo, the fuel went with it. Scratch one operational missile.

      As the day dawned, we’d left the Air Base well before day break, it was bright and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. Worse, the snow pack was pristine and very white.

      Fortunately, I’d thought about this and grabbed a pair of sunglasses as I left my room. That one gesture protected my eyes.

      I received sunburn under my chin, inside my ears, and every other part of my skin exposed to the sun and the reflection of the sun.

      The upshot of this is, snow blindness is real and debilitating.

  5. Another Quality Shelter is buying the Gortex Parka Gear one size large.

    You can just put on that gear and hunker down while a storm passes.
    Or, if one is under the rightful belief they may need to move out with a purpose, you are that much faster when moving out.

    Your poncho should be used to cover your pack.

    Protect your gear and provisions from Icing.

  6. I just saw a left wing commercial on Youtube.

    Watching some indie Rock Videos.

    Chicks in leather Amirite?

    The commercial showed a female left wing activist of obvious proportions promoting the use of drones to fight against “The Man”

    Like Bracken and David Knight spoke of, we are entering the new age.

    Maybe Steam will make a comeback?

  7. Jeffery in Alabama

    This shelter design is simple, but effective.

  8. Last time I made a campfire was in maybe ’01 or so. It was pretty cold, got down to -20F, so said the radio. Was using a simple tarp as lean-to, over a cot, Jeep camping. I built a reflector for the fire out of green logs in the classic way. Woke up with my fifty-pound dog inside the foot of my bag, no fool there on her part.

    The linked poster, DTG, has recommended the Snugpak tarp in the past, mine was bought locally a few years back probably due to his recommending it. I like mine, it is roomy and versatile in methods of pitching.

    DTG advises pissing all you can, prior to getting in the bag and losing heat if you have to get out to pee. That advice is good but maybe not good enough for long winter nights, or for the sleeping bag as being a time-killing refuge. A piss bottle is almost a requirement for long sleeps, find something suitable and close to idiot proof. Have some quick carbs handy to your reach inside the bag. And if you can, set up your stove close by for you to be able to get it started come morning, from inside your bag. Besides efficiency, morale is a big thing. Cooking from inside your bag, beats standing around and shivering in the dark, waiting for water to boil.