- Mar 13, 2014
This is one of the things I've wondered about: how do folks in AK, MN etc. cope with extreme cold?
.... -60f windchill SUCKS. My uncovered face cramped up in under 30 seconds).
How do folks deal with -40f and colder temps?
I work outside for several hours in this. Block heaters on vehicles are common for us. Employers typically have plug ins for employees. Battery blankets are another option to help with these temps.
For me to stay warm is easy enough. Base layer needs to wick moisture away to stay dry. Next layer is typically a fine wool like merino, as it will continue to insulate when wet. Next is a thicker thermal like helly hanson or thinsulate. I sometimes put a t shirt over top. Then a fleece. Next a wind breaker. I use a basic rain jacket. Then i have my 7 oz cotton cover-alls. Liner socks under thick wool and finger gloves inside mitts. Toque wrapped in a merino shemagh and covered in the rain jacket hood. -39c for hours, no real issue. I hate going back and forth from heat to cold. I honestly love the cold. Always have. Heat kills me.
P.S don't kiss your carothers knife when it's this cold. It won't stop kissing back!