Jane was camped next to me at the Tevis educational ride. We chatted, she shared some delicious salmon jerky, and we connected on facebook. Four months later, she is proving to be exactly the new guru I need. Why? I’m headed to Mongolia. In January. And she’s from Alaska, has a team of sled dogs, and completed the Iditarod in 2010!
She duct taped her FACE as a windbreak. Jane is a badass. And she knows cold.
I had put out a call for help on facebook asking if anyone had an arctic type sleeping bag I could borrow, and Jane replied. She even sent a picture of the sleeping bag all compacted and offered to ship it to Mongolia!
Then somehow the conversation went south, and we ended up having a very educational chat about footwear.
Jane said I needed bamas. Bamas? Google gave me this:
Um, nope. A bit more searching gave me the right thing.
This magic layer goes over the sock and under the boot. It wicks the moisture from the sock so your foot stays dry and warm and doesn’t get all soggy and wrinkly. Then the bama gets dried out overnight, ready to wick and absorb again!
My vocabulary lesson continued with bunny boots.
A lot of you may know this one, but I didn’t. Bunny boots, originally developed and used by the U.S. military, are big bulbous boots with wool & felt sandwiched between 2 layers of rubber.
I was picturing something more like this:
Luckily Jane said the boots I have
with liners like this
will work fine. Over the next 3 weeks, I will certainly be reviewing my layer list with Jane…if she has time between taking care of 28 dogs and training for Iditasport in Febuary!
No matter how many gear reviews, gear lists, and articles I read, there is no substitute for having a guru to consult!