quote:Originally posted by straitera: Sweating is the enemy. Carry top layers to prevent sweating even when cold on the way in. Once on stand add layers as needed. I always add a windproof liner under my outer barrier plus US Army wool neck wrap.
The change after walking in is the best way to stay warm IMO. I try not to change the bottoms (but am prepared to if necessary) since I'm often on soggy ground and not very graceful, but wear a cotton top in to soak up the sweat I work up carrying all my gear. By the time I have my stand assembled and I'm ready to climb, I change the sweaty t-shirt to a comfy warm and dry merino wool base layer. Then I climb the tree and put on the rest of my layers, at least the ones I wear on top of my safety harness.
Avoiding the build up of sweat is the key. It can be "bracing" to strip down to sweaty bare skin in single degree temperatures, but well worth it an hour or two later when you are nice and warm, not cold and clammy...
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