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There is something special about the cold. It could be that we have run from it for so long. It could be that it has killed us for so long. Maybe it was the fact that some of our defining moments as a species happened during and following the ice age.
No matter how you look at it, your body reacts to the cold in very interesting ways. The adversity that is brought on by the cold is very important and we can leverage that to become better survivors in times of disaster. It all starts with cold weather skill practice.
Starting fire in the cold is a very different. For the most part we practice our survival and bushcraft skills in the warmth of late spring, summer and early fall. These are the times most people go camping and get out into the woods.
Starting fire when you have no other option for warmth and the wood and tinder are frosted and wet, that is something. Its something that you will fail at a lot but eventually you will get better. When you can make fire with numb fingers and cold materials it will bolster your skills.
In the summer you can sleep in a hammock with a bug net. If you don’t mind the bugs or if you don’t have a bunch to deal with, you can just fall asleep in the hammock, alone. When its cold, you are going to need legitimate shelter. A quick up lean to may not cut it.
You will understand what a true cold shelter is all about. You will learn quickly which shelters hold heat the best.
While it might not be as impressive a skill as the shelter making or the fire craft, warm meals make all the difference. They give you a moment to reflect and appreciate the importance of a warm meal. It can go a long way!