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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

what cold? you mean that here in Geneva some snow actually lasted through the night?
I don't have any special blood circulation or cold reisstance but going to work in full suit & jacket without any thermal help is more than OK here (it includes 15 minute walk, no warm car commuting).

There is definitely a lot of snow fun in mountains these days. I heard the stories of frozen Lac Leman (with -30° C), I guess I will never see it for real...

Bring it on!!!
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#2 Your head is a major factor in loss of body heat. Wear a warm woolen or fleece hat (fur is best but not politically correct).
#3 Protect your ears and your neck = wear a scarf
#4 Layers of air between your body and the windbreaker keep you warm. Wear woolen clothes or fleece to achieve this.
I look shitty in a hat and I am allergic to wool
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Extreme cold - in Lausanne??? You have NOOOOOO idea have you. La Brévine is where you want to go- record of -41.8 (in 87) might well be beaten in the next few days. LOL.

Our old farm has walls about 90cm thick and a great big wood burner to top up the central heating. No problem.
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

LOL, very cool thread

Personally i like the idea of snuggling up under the duvet!
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Old 01.02.2012, 17:49
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Personally i like the idea of snuggling up under the duvet!
Me too, but I was told in a meeting today that it was "unprofessional".
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Those Swiss are so boooooooooooring, aren't they?
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pushups will keep you warm and hopping around

Actually as long as you are walking, even in the mountains, you don't need many clothes!
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

Chiming in, Denner has merino blend undershirts on sale this week (well, in Adliswil anyway). Normally wool is really problematic in the washing machine, but the new tech superfine merino blends may even be tumble-dryer proof. Merino is great because it breathes like high tech synthetic, but it doesn't get so smelly when you sweat

We work in central heating all day, and then have to take small children outdoors...the kids think it's really funny when I put my snowpants on too (most of the adults wear jeans and tights, but I can't stand being cold)....

Today: long knitted woolen knee high socks, jeans, snowpants over the top, undershirt (thermal short sleeve), light cotton short sleeve shirt over the top (thermal stuff breathes really well indoors but I find a long sleeve top usually too warm indoors when running around after small children)... proper snow jacket for outdoors, gloves (I wore my knitted ones and they certainly weren't warm enough - will pack the snow gloves tomorrow) and a woolen knitted hat...

The knitted hat goes on and off all day...it's amazing how fast a good hat warms up the body - and it's not even a particularly heavy or warm one, just pure soft wool in a loose knit so I can tuck my hair into it before I pop the hood over.

Sure, I am dressed more than the 'average' street person...but it takes 4 times as long to walk home from the shops with a 4 year old in tow who wants to play with the snow (and who is perfectly warm in his snow suit, balaclava, snow gloves, snow boots and thermals)...

Survival ? Central heating, don't get too cold outside, get home before the sun fails, and OMG if the sun comes out - I'm out there in a flash to get my dose of vitamin D to stave off the 'seasonal affective disorder'
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Old 01.02.2012, 18:36
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

Just had a visit from a fellow in the Mudshop who hails from Detroit.

As he was leaving, in a very light fleece jacket (jacket is stretching the term), asked him where he put his coat- he looked at me and very seriously and with some surprise said,"it's been so warm here!".
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

This thread is great! Yes its cold but unless you are standing on a street corner not moving for an extended period of time it doesn't seem that bad. A general wait for the tram and a short walk seems ok to me! I wear my normal winter jacket and try to add a thin cardigan if my work top is thin then a scarf and a hat. Just keep moving and you'll be fine!
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What do you do to keep warm and sane? Little personal strategies? Or none? Recipes? Clothes tips? Onion clothes don't really do it for me, I don't like layering too much, feeling like a snowman. Do you move more or less when it is so cold?
I would wear gloves, just I don't know where to buy them.
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FCBarca, what brand is that?
Eddie Bauer, believe it or not...I was dead set on a North Face one that was very similar at the Yosemite store in Lausanne...But I did some research online and this parka had better reviews than just about any parka I could find, amazing 'bang for the buck' as well...199 USD

Downside is that it's so warm, it's probably underutilized outside the arctic or antarctic circles
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This, along with thick sheepskin gloves, makes a huge difference
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...humanbehaviour

It's actually a myth that heat disappears through your noggin.

Personally, I think layers is the only way to go. Thermals, long sleeved t-shirt, shirt, fleece, jumper, jacket, sleeping bag, car, and then a building - put all those layers between you and the cold and have a nice cup of tea.
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Wimps !
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Old 01.02.2012, 19:28
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

Cup of tea, warm blankt and the cat on my lap. I dont go out. If i need to go out if from the flat to the garage and back. I just wear a long jacket and suffer. 3 minutes walking in the cold wont kill me
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

Actually, my dilemma is a bit different. I have no issues with layering, it was necessary for about 6 mos of the year in Chicago-land and for the last couple weeks of January and first week or so of February when I lived in Daytona (aka "Florida Winter").

However

As the stores don't generally have coat racks outside, how does everyone keep from sweating their tail off after being bundled enough to spend 20+ minutes outside and then indoors shopping or whatever? I wind up having to walk half the way home with my scarf loosened and my jacket unzipped just to feel like I can breathe again! (Maybe that's the merino wool vs cotton thing going on?)
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

3 mins of cold? Hahah, I hike to work. Like 5kms every day. It is cool, unless it is Siberia weather like now, my cheeks feel frost bitten.

Whatcha guys wearing on your heads?

I had a wolly hat today, oversize one, looked like one of those crazy kids who brakedance on their heads, but it was warm. What made it warmer were the headphones over top of it, it insulates so well. I think that was the only part of my body appropriately warm.

Kinda like this, sans the face mask, even the coat was similar



But look at this, wow. I'd be the king of cool..where are my knitting needles



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I live away form extreme cold weather. Can't stand it.... It says Canadian on my passport but I am sure it is a fake.
I bet you miss Turkey. I would so go somewhere crazy hot now.

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I don't know why I thought about the other push-up, it actually makes me cold. Hopping won't make it better. I need wooly bra or sumfin.

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Eddie Bauer, believe it or not...I was dead set on a North Face one that was very similar at the Yosemite store in Lausanne...But I did some research online and this parka had better reviews than just about any parka I could find, amazing 'bang for the buck' as well...199 USD

Downside is that it's so warm, it's probably underutilized outside the arctic or antarctic circles
Eddie Bauer? Cool. I was looking into Colombia, North Face is not bad at all, but all the Colombias I saw were way too short. It's true about keeping one's head and butt warm. I don't mind sporting the Soviet uber long sheep coat, makes me look so partizan, but it's really heavy. One thing about hitech fabrics is the fact they are ultra warm and light.

I saw a guy in short sleeves today, that was pushing it. He was a construction worker, proud of his muscles and tight bright orange dungerees, I guess it's a Swiss variation of Russian seals here?

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Who was the author? Need to get me a copy before world oil runs out and everything goes crazy.

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Ok, so when I was 15 we each got from dad this crazy "Extreme Survival" book about what roots to eat and how to get water in a desert, how to dig a whole to sleep in minus 50 and how to skin an animal with sticks and stones only, you get the picture, living on no food for weeks, etc.
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Re: Extreme cold weather survival ways here

Slammer's guide to survival in parky weather.
Don't take a wizz outside in temps below -10, just believe me when I say you cant wizz through layers of clothing with something the size of a acorn.
If you can't resist the urge, take nail clippers to get rid of icicles.
Aaaand most important and I csn' say it enough: "dont eat yellow snow!"
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