Har ki Dun winter trek - food and equipment questions

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#1 Nov 29th, 2008, 16:57
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which is the best thermal underware given the fact it will have to endure himalayan (3000m) in december end.pure wool .pure cotton .wool +cotton.
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pure wool...make sure there's no cotton in your shirt under wear or pants. They are only ok for hot weather hiking.
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Let me be brief....

Wool.

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Merino wool is the ultimate - plus it has natural anti bacterial qualities which makes it invaluable in situations where normal bathing is not possible.
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Wow ! So many wares in wool...
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Sorry guys...

Speaking as a one-time sailor (yachts, where one can be sweaty from hard work on the inside, and cold and very wet on the outside) I can tell you that synthetics have left natural fibres behind decades ago for performance and insulation.

The serious stuff is made so that it not only keeps you warm, but draws the perspiration away from your skin.

There's a whole science to it, and a whole industry built on it.
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thanks guys for your replies...
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post There's a whole science to it, and a whole industry built on it.
I agree and after swearing by woolen jumpers for years, I finally realised how superb technical fleeces are, they are a real boon and I'm an absolute convert.

Having said that, I work outside all year round and I have found my merino base layers to be both warmer and more comfortable than my technical synthetic ones. Among many serious outdoors types who deal with harsher conditions than you'll find in the UK, merino wool is still rated as a good choice for underwear. These aren't old fashioned guys, these are people who embrace modern technology. Check this link for example - The Poles
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You mean Poles wear that stuff?

Seriously, interesting looking site, will check out.

Isn't Merino wool terribly expensive?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Isn't Merino wool terribly expensive?
Unfortunately, you are right, it is extremely expensive.

Don't laugh (oh go on there, I know you're going to anyway) but years ago I picked up a job lot of merino wool 1930s woolen combinations which I still wear when it's really cold. They're THE unsexiest garment on the planet (like these but with sleeves) but they certainly do the job - now I know how people survived before central heating!
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They're THE unsexiest garment on the planet
Quite fond of Victorian style, myself!

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The pros around the block here are the Sami herders , which are quite unsentimental about new and old , what works best.



on top of the snowmobile seat : reindeer skin or combed , braided marsh grass . Outer layer , synthetic coverall. Middle layer army pants and shirt, Base layer ...silk.Costs about the same as good synthetics.

(when I first saw pictures of hollowfill fibres it made me and many others here laugh : millions of dollars to develop a synthetic reindeer fur fibre ) .
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For outdoor stuff cotton is the death fabric. Holds your moisture against you and speeds both hypo and hyper thermia. Bad news.

Silk is another natural fabric that is (a) effective, but (b) expensive.
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Theplas available at dehradun

Are Theplas available at dehradun?.can you suggest shops where there are available.how long do theplas last(3 days)?
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ideal food stuff for trek

can you guys suggest ideal food materials that we should pack for treks in himalaya.we are doing har ki dun trek with dehradun as base.are theplas available in dehradun? It would be useful if people from dehradun can suggest items available in dehradun that normally trekkers carry.
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