keeping warm

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 14:49
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Hi all,

Given these very chilly nights and mornings..

I am wondering how does everybody keep warm at night this time of year when camped in tents, trailers or vans without 240V power..

cheers..

Lyn [Mrs. Al]Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Member - Wombat (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 14:58

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 14:58
Hmmmmmmm! Let me research that one for you Mrs Al."Live today as if there may be no tomorrow"

Wombat
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Reply By: joc45 - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 15:06

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 15:06
1. A second person in the same bed is a good start.....

2. A beanie works well for the follicularly-challenged.

rgds
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:10

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:10
Al will definitely need the beanie....Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: diamond (bendigo) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:20

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:20
ahhh yes the beanie where would we be without them lol.—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 15:36

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 15:36
Get yourself some "expedition" or "snow" rated sleeping bags. Not cheap - but good ones will last a lifetime if properly looked after.

SLEEPING BAGS

WHICH BAG WILL SUIT YOUR REQUIREMENTS ?
Temperatures at night within Australia range from 20c to minus10 c
Choosing the right sleeping bag is not only essential -- it can save your life!

1) Obtain a chart ( usually the distributor will have one ) of temperature variations within Australia at night.

2) Take note of where you will be camping at night within Australia & observe the temperature ratings associated with that sleeping bag -- purchase your sleeping bag in accordance with this information, & colour coding.

3) Select the size to suit your body, i.e. -- Junior, Large, Exta Large, Generous Adult etc. Bags can also come as a double sleeping bag, hooded 7 unhooded.

4) Inner sheets ( washable ) are highly recommended.

5) Carefully follow washing instructions for the different brands & fills which are on the market today.

6) Before use -- approx. 20mins -- unroll sleeping bag & fluff it up -- this lofts up the filling to give more efficient insulation.

7) After daily use -- open out completely with the inner surface uppermost -- & leave in the sun for a while before packing away -- with extended stays do not pack away each day -- leave out to air.

8) When returning home -- leave bags out to air for at least 24 hours before you pack away.

9) Do not roll your sleeping bag into its bag -- but take one corner and stuff it into the bottom of its carry bag.

10) Australian made sleeping bags are generally of very good quality. One Australian manufacturer for example has 61 different sleeping bags to choose from -- this gives you some idea of the range available as such.
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 15:40

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 15:40
Also if outside at night or in chilly/windy conditions - an Akubra on your head, heavy boots and sox, and a heavy coat/jacket. We use 3/4 length reversed lambskin jackets - About $1000 each! WARM!!
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Follow Up By: Luke - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 16:13

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 16:13
Good advice on bags...

...another thing that I find is that it is useful to store the bags unpacked (ie out of bag) between trips to stop the filling from getting permanently crushed. The only time our bags go into their bags is when we are actually on the road - all other times the bags are unfurled.

The other thing is that Tuco69 is correct about selecting the size to suit your body. Alot of people think that a bigger bag will be warmer - this is not the case...a snug fitting bag (obviously not too small) will help keep you much warmer than a bag that is too big :-)

Cheers,

Luke.
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:00

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:00
thanks for that info..really interesting..I guess they accommodate different lengths of people too...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: simon - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 16:11

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 16:11
a good old bottle of port or stones helps
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Reply By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:17

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:17
To keep the kids warm, put them in a sleeping bag with Al
For You..................................................................At Cape Leveque it is already warmAlpaca
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:30

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:30
You and me at Cape Leveque, no need for Glayva or double whammy oysters...!Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Williewags- Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:45

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:45
Just think of it !!!! If you two go to the Motel at Cape Leveque you could book in as Mr and Mrs Al Paca..............hahahahahahahahahaha...

Willie

Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:48

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:48
Alpaca...he makes a very good point....shall I book or youLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 21:34

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 21:34
Lyn, don't give away too many secrets. I'm getting worried about Al now. If he is as big as Wombat says, he might pinch my Beanie.
Just because we're folically challenged you don't have to pick on us. For everones information, When we were created, we were all created equal. If you hairy topped people want to waste your hormones growing hair, that's your problem.Alpaca
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:26

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:26
Alpaca....a bald spot is simply a solar panel for a luv machine...and we won't need beanies at Cape LevequeLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Williewags- Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 08:33

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 08:33
Talking about being follically challenged.....did you know?.......that as some males get older their hair starts growing inwards into the skull. If the hairs strikes mush then it turns into a greyish colour.....if the hair strikes nothing it comes out on the chin as a beard..............Now don't you go looking at my pic on my website !!! And YES, Mrs Al, the solar panel comment is correct..........
Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 08:42

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 08:42
HELLO Williewags!!!!!Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:29

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:29
Just Bragging.
Question for Willie, if it turns grey and comes out on the bottom end of a persons body, what might their problem be.
PS I'm only asking for a friendAlpaca
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Follow Up By: Williewags- Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:44

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:44
Alpaca,
I guess then that your friend must have close blood ties to the Neanderthals or the Rhesus Monkey ? Does this friend have a tale/tail?

Ah, you have a pic at last...very good!

Willie

Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:50

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:50
Alpaca..I'm glad you're talking about a friend...love the pic...Geez someone really smart must have helped you with that :)Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:31

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:31
mmm who is making fun of us with bald spots. I'm proud of my spot and so is the missus.... she says I can wear my hair away on the bed head any time I want. lol lol lolWow! am I cute
Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:41

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:41
Richard..I would never make fun of a bald spot...

Alan lost his hair the same way, well that's what he tells people...either that..or he keeps pulling it out...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 11:04

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 11:04
Lyn are you telling me that when Al tells others why he has a bald spot you dont support his claim! Poor Al Wow! am I cute
Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 11:08

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 11:08
No Richard..I always support his claims....but I have a feeling that when he reads the length of this thread...some hair will be pulled out...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: diamond (bendigo) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 18:20

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 18:20
now whos picking on bald spots.:-((
its taken me 35 years of hard work to get mine where it is.lol—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 18:35

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 18:35
Diamond..I never pick on bald spots..as I've said it's solar panel...and it would seem other's agree...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 22:09

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 22:09
I'm not really bald. It's just that I grew a couple of inches more than where my hairline thought I'd be.
When I used to be a builder, I claimed that I lost my hair by extending the bedroom wall out a couple of feet. That was my story anyway.Alpaca
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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 07:45

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 07:45
crickey Alpaca, i hope it wasnt too exhausting
and all with your head eh?Wow! am I cute
If yer ain't fishing, Yer ain't livin
Richard
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Reply By: diamond (bendigo) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:54

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:54
plenty of bourbon and who cares how cold it is.
if theres no bourbon a wife or two lol.
do you wana come camping :-))—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:58

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:58
shhhhhhhhh...don't tell Alpaca...we're going to Cape

I don't drink bourbon so I guess there 'll be no need for that...when can we go? and where?Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:59

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 17:59
I'm getting excited I left off LevequeLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: diamond (bendigo) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:01

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:01
any where any time just dont tell mr al i hear hes a big guy lol—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:05

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:05
I won't tell him.[he is a big guy], I might just say I'm on a fact finding mission to find the best way to keep warm in the cold...do you think that would work?Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: diamond (bendigo) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:19

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:19
when we went to avoca the other week we took every blanket and doona in the place.remember theres 6 of us so thats heaps.
plus the bourbon lol—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:25

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:25
crikey, every doona and blanket..!..how big's you're tent?

I think boubon seems to be the G OLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:59

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:59
me does think that when Mr Al reads this thread ,lots of people will be keeping warm by running away from Mr Al. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:04

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:04
bruce...Mr Al HAS read the thread..and is shaking his head, "you've done it again darlin" is all he's saying....

PS..he's not a very fast runner...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:08

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:08
in that case i may as well jump on the que as well just as long as im am lastin line. LeL
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:13

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:13
is that the que behind diamond?? Crikey at this rate..I'm not gonna be needing the bourbon...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: diamond (bendigo) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:15

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:15
you wont need bourbon and you certainly wont be cold :-))—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:16

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:16
last in line for 2 reasons that way nobody is tapping me onthe sholder telling me to hurry up,& becauce having seen previus post from wombat about his love of Mr AL im not sure i would trust being in front of him,
NPML
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:33

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:33
diamond :-
HELLO!!

:)Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:37

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:37
bruce -
no need for worrying about anyone tapping you on the shoulder..I"ll get the Xtra BIG bottle of bourbon - plenty to go round...it IS bourbon that you're talking about isn't it....??

I can see you're reasoning..but it's Wombat that you need to worry about...and he won't be there too - will he?Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: diamond (bendigo) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:41

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:41
helloooo elloooo elloooo elloooo .
just getting a little hard to hear you from way back at the end of the queue.
this is the line for bourbon isnt it its just starting to get a little cold in bendigo now. :-}—~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:42

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:42
burbon definatly is there anything else nudge nudge wink wink,
lshfomc
(laughing so hard fell off my chair)
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:45

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:45
nudge, nudge, wink, wink...know wot I mean..indeed...with all this bourbon...we're going to have one hell of a good time..either that or fall asleep in a drunken stupour....and I guess problem solved all round...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:46

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:46
Bugger
diamond hold my spot in the que will you ,told she who must be obayed & has a kitchen full of sharp knives i would be home from work at 7pm got to go
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:47

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:47
I fear that my innocent little question has become some what debauched :)Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:00

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:00
A hot water bottle works wonders Wow! am I cute
Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:07

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:07
Hi Richard....

I've thought of that one, but to be honest, with little kids I am a bit nervous of them - ..I use a wheat filled bag at home, but obviously without 240V I wouldn't be able to heat that up...

might have to use the hottie

LynLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Wherethehellawi - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:32

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:32
A mate of mine has always uses one and I must admit I have in the past made fun of it. However on a recent hunting trip it was absolutely freezing and he had placed an extra hot water bottle in his gear (not knowing it was for me) After one night of having very cold feet (all night) he offered the bottle to me....I took all those words back very quickly. Hell I was amazed how long they stayed warm. Wow! am I cute
Richard
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:47

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:47
Richard, these chilly nights I take a hot wheat bag to bed [and I'm not talking about Al!] and it stays hot for hours....great for the feet as you say...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:24

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:24
Might start work on developing a 12Volt microwave - that'll work for the wheat-filled thingie.....
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Follow Up By: Luke - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 00:07

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 00:07
Whilst camping, you can try the heat packs that heat up via some chemical reaction....you just click a little metal tab or spring while it's still liquid, and a chemical reaction occurs - the liquid inside the pack solidifies, and gets hot - quite hot....stays that way for a long time :-)

I have three - two hand sized for pockets while I'm on my boat fishing :-) and one larger one Mrs. Luke uses like a hot water bottle when the bed is too cold...

In the morning, you just boil them and they go liquid again, ready for use the next night....
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:50

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:50
Luke..where do you get them...? They sound like they might be the alternative to my wheat bags when I don't have the power to heat them up..

cheers

LynLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Luke - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:56

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 09:56
We bought ours at last year's boat show in Melbourne.

Also saw them at the Victoria Market on the weekend too...

failing that - maybe camping stores etc might have them now...I'm fairly sure they have been around for a couple of years now so they shouldn't be too hard to find.

Not exactly sure what they are called though - I just know them as the chemical type heat pack thingy :-)

Cheers,

Luke.
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:05

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:05
The chemical type heat pack thingey...is obviously the technical term...I shall keep my eyes peeled for them...

cheers

LynLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Williewags- Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:17

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:17
Gloves, balaclava, woollen socks, long johns, woollen vest, three layers of outer clothes and a flagon of muscat. By the time you have drunk the Muscat you will imagine that you are at Cape Leveque.......................

Willie
Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:20

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:20
if I"ve got that much gear on, I'll have to imagine I'm at Cape Leveque...I think I might take up drinking bourbon seems like less clothes are needed.Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Wombat (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 17:32

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 17:32
But what if you can't sleep unless in the nude? "Live today as if there may be no tomorrow"

Wombat
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 17:37

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 17:37
you'd probably be on your own then Wombie...so best hit the bourbon I reckon....Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Williewags- Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 19:13

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 19:13
Mr Wombat.....sleeping in the nude in winter???.......might need a safety pin to look for it...............hahahaha

Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 19:28

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 19:28
map and compass more like!!!Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: diamond (bendigo) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 20:31

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 20:31
forget the map and compass gps and lap top.
easier to find next time —~‘¬‘¥•s’B
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Reply By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:21

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:21
depends what you call cold. I think we got as low as 15 degrees last month.

Lotsa Bourbon, zip up the swag and some hanky panky always works well.Oh to be retired & wealthy !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:24

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:24
Allyn...if I have to drink the amounst of alchohol that's being suggested to keep me warm, I won't be capable of hanky panky...or at least..i won't be aware of it....

15 degrees is NOTHING...it had to be minus 2 or 3 here last nightLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:28

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:28
Nope - can't see me putting up with minus 2 !

The good old Pilbara will do me for a while yet.Oh to be retired & wealthy !!!
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Follow Up By: Williewags- Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:36

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:36
It is 6pm in Peterborough, 1 degree C and raining. brrrrrrrrrrrrr

Willie
Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:45

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:45
It's 6.45pm in Romsey...and it's not raining...but it's bloody cold!!!Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 21:57

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 21:57
Willie, we were colder than you last night so there!!
Send the rain over here about an inch will do.
Your banned from going north of Broome Don't want anyone cramping what little style I've got.Alpaca
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:52

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:52
you're underselling yourself Alpaca..anyone who suggests a magic week at Cape Leveque..eating sweet chilli mudcrabs...has got plenty of style..:)Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:41

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:41
It's 4.40 PM & current temperature is 25.6 degrees of a maximum 29 C reached today.
Better you than me but I'm sure you'll be making the most of it.Oh to be retired & wealthy !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:44

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:44
Can I come to the Pilbara....Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:50

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:50
Most welcome.
Wouldn't recommend December to April thoughOh to be retired & wealthy !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:51

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:51
bit soggy then is it?Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:53

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:53
Occasionally - but generally it's hotter than Hades !!!Oh to be retired & wealthy !!!
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Follow Up By: Williewags- Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:59

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:59
Lets make up a convoy to Allyn's place :-)

Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:01

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:01
I'm with you Williewags...I'd better ask Alpaca...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:09

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:09
Bring it on !!!Oh to be retired & wealthy !!!
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:56

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:56
Hi:

I do not like sleeping bags as they seem to wrap around my shoulders and I awaken feeling like I am being strangled.
I now carry a woolen underlay and a single goose down doona ... not a lot larger than a sleeping bag - in fact it fits into the "stuff it" bag that I had previously used to lug my sleeping bag.
I will usually sleep in a t-shirt and a pair of boxers.
Result - always nice and warm .. no weight. I sometimes use a camp stretcher, and other times one of those "Moon Mats" - and the results have been good using both systems.
Most recent test was up the Warrumbungles, where there was a thick layer of frost in the morning over my tent. A guy opposite showed me how the shirt he had washed the previous night had frozen stiff - and later in town that day (Coonabarabran) the locals were complaining about the cold.
One tip - give the doona time to "puff up" and get some air around the feathers. Then you have your "insulation". And the underlay stops the cold coming up from underneath.
Good luck.
JackAustralia - If you don't love it, leave!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:59

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 18:59
Hiya Jack..

as Al is asthmatic we use woolen doonas...and I'll definitely be getting an underlay...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:00

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:00
While ethanol may make you feel warm because it causes peripheral vasodilation, it actually leads to cooling of the core by heat loss. If you are inebriated enough your brain may may not sense that you are cold. However, at 0400 when you regain consciousness and need to get up for a slash, you will feel very cold indeed.

Better to use a goose down sleeping bag and drink in moderation (no more than a bottle of red per person per night).Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:06

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:06
Bob you lossed me up until I read about the 4am need to get up for a slash...[not that that has ever happened to ME! but i've been told by a close personal friend]

and I reckon I can handle a bottle of red a night....Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: jaycee - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:50

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:50
Last time i did a high country trip (South ISland NZ in winter) it snowed. We were trying to get to one of the glaciers. I needed two down bags and my thermals. A Mrs Al type would have come in mightly handy though! LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:58

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 19:58
I bet..no need for thermals you reckon!Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:14

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:14
Have you tried freezer bags over soxs before putting shoes on (not attractive) but shore keeps your feet warm on cold & frosty morningsRegards Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:31

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 20:31
BJ..with all the other gear's that's being suggested..what's a few freezer bags..!...I've never heard of that one...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Phil - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 21:39

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 21:39
Hi Lyn,

My family and I go camping in the Barrington Tops area and believe me it gets cold up there mid winter, but let me tell you how we kept warm on those chilly nights.The best way was to roll out a medium size river rock that surrounds the campfire( after fire has been burning for a few hours) and rap it up in an old towel and place it in the bottom of your sleeping bag just before you go to bed, it kept our feet nice and warm all night.

Cheers,
Phil.
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:28

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:28
hi phil..that's a new angle on the wheat bag thingey that I use...very interesting...thanks!Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Williewags- Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 08:25

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 08:25
Yeah....and no one has mentioned the aborigines out in the desert. They surround themselves with dogs as they lay by the fire. A six dog night is cold with three dogs either side. An eight dog night is really freezeing when you have a dog at your feet and one as a pillow as well.
Cheers,
Willie
Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 08:43

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 08:43
Does that depend on the size of the dog?? I've got an Irish Wolfhound..he's got to be worth at least 2 normal sized dogs...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Follow Up By: Williewags- Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:05

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:05
And another thing...........when sitting around the campfire, before going to bed........a couple of shovels of hot coals under the camp chair makes your bum nice and warm..............oh no! someone is going to take this one further.........

Fitzmaurice River NT
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:07

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 10:07
one definitely can't live without a warm bum...Laugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 21:51

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 21:51
After reading that lot, I'm exhausted. Glad I'm first in line because if I was back any further I'd forget what I'm in line for. What are we in line for anyway? Mrs Al, are you being completely true to me? You haven't turned down any of the other offers yet. Do you remember the story about the fisherman who advertised for a new wife, who loved fishing and had to have their own boat with motor and asked them to send a picture of their boat and motor. Well I sent you a picture of my motor. Doesn't it measure up.
Feeling rejected
PS will try to enter picture shortly Many thanks for doing that. I'll have to send you some more flowers tomorrowAlpaca
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:38

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 07:38
Alpaca...how could I NOT be true to the man who is taking me to Cape Leveque...

I think the line's for a swig of bourbon....

your motor definitely measures up Alpaca...very impressive indeed...

I'll look forward to the flowers...xxLaugh alot..life's too short not to....

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Reply By: Member - Alpaca (SA) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 22:02

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 22:02
Haven't seen any replies on this topic from Truckster.
Truckster, you still in the shower?Alpaca
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 22:49

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2003 at 22:49
Hot water bottle in the bed....

Wife is no use.
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Reply By: ThePublican - Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 16:21

Thursday, Aug 21, 2003 at 16:21
Almost finished a bottle of Glenfiddich reading the replies,,what was the question again????????
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Follow Up By: macca - Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 20:45

Friday, Aug 22, 2003 at 20:45
and my bottle of Black Douglas is now defucnt reading all this.
Was at the Home show today and there are 3 sellers of these chemical thingies.. Immediately thought of Mr & Mrs Al, so enquired about them. The largest of them last about 2 hours enough to get the feet warm etc. and would be the go . Just boil em up the next day to kick em off again.
By the way Mrs Al thanks for getting the Woolworths files out. Funny about some of the comments though..Looking at the number of people driving in and out of these servo's, there must be a lot of vehicles spluttering around the country.
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