It is time to start the Winter Challenge 2014

It has been planned for a while now and it is finally time to get it started. From tonight I will sleep in my tent for 30 continuous winter nights up here in Swedish Lapland. We have not been able to shot any video today, it has not been enough time but my goal is that we can upload the first video update tomorrow evening.

On the way to the camp

On the way to the camp

Today I had to pitch the tent and prepare some things over at the camp. I had hoped to have time to finish off these preparations earlier but sometimes time moves just a bit to fast. I’m sure you all have been there.

Pitching tent

Pitching tent

Anyway the tent is up and now I just need to bring over the last equipment when I walk over there for the first night.

Tonight my bed will be a bed-roll of foam plastic as the bottom layer and on top of that I will have two reindeer skins. Even though the skins are big I have laid down two of them to be sure that they cover and isolate me from the cold snow to avoid any heat loss from conduction. Then I’m going to crawl into my winter sleeping bag. The temperature this afternoon is -5 degrees C and it is cloudy and not expected to drop down more than a few degrees tonight.

Inside the tent

Inside the tent

I still feel my cold and am actually a bit frozen but I will eat some bacon right before I head out into the woods, to start up my internal heat engine. You know that is not the clothes or the sleeping bag that is warm or generate the heat. The heat is coming from yourself and the clothes and sleeping bag is just to insulate you from the heat loss sources (convection, conduction, radiation, evaporation and respiration).

Stay tuned to find out how it goes.

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