Just finished doing my exercises. I do between 9-12 sets of 30 pull ups and 30 dips. On other days I do work with barbells. If I do some kind of strength training 3-4 days a week, that’s good. I walk, bike ride or ski everyday. Mens sarna in corporo sarno.
My walks in the woods don’t come without some pitfalls. I just pulled a tick off of myself. It wasn’t bitten in for the requisite 24 hours so I should be safe from any tick carried disease. Gotta keep an eye on it though.
Ok, then long underwear.
You gotta have long underwear. When I used to work in a hydroponic greenhouse I used to wear what I called “Greenhouse Armor.” When you do greenhouse (casa verde) work you need to start early in the morning because by 2, 3, or 4 in the afternoon it’s too hot to work inside the house. So how to dress. As the day went on you’d strip down to a t-shirt and jeans. I’d start the day with a t-shirt, long underwear, t-shirt, long underwear and probably one or two sweatshirts and a heavy flannel shirt jack. In the mornings, at 5:30 am, it could be 20 degrees outside and you are constantly going in and out of the greenhouse (70 degrees or warmer) so you need to be able to constantly adjust your clothes/underwear/comfort factor.
You know that you have to understand how to dress in layers, right?
As I was taking pictures for this post I realized that “Insulation” was a better title than “long underwear.”
This is the long underwear that everyone is probably familiar with. These are 100% cotton and have the waffle texture to them. This stuff is ok if there is no chance of getting wet or sweating. There is an old saying that bears repeating, “cotton is death.” And it is. If you wear cotton and it gets wet you can die. Wet cotton loses its insulative properties and will wick the heat right out of your body.
This is the 100% cotton bottoms that go with the traditional top. Not bad, but remember “cotton is death.” It’s fine to wear in a greenhouse or to the office or to go shopping, but if you sweat or cotton long underwear gets wet, you have a problem.
This is the traditional union suit that served folks well for so many years. It’ll keep you warm, but once again being 100% cotton you can’t let it get wet. The benefit is that it is very warm. I don’t like it because it isn’t easy to adjust in case you get heated up.
This is the best part of the union suit. When you gotta go you don’t have to take the whole thing off. You just have to be as nimble as a Russian gymnast. I’m not a big fan of the union suit.
This is the stuff I love. It’s made from poly-propylene. This stuff keeps you warm and wicks moisture away from your skin where it is free to evaporate and keep you from getting wet. The downside is some people say it holds body odor. Personally, I haven’t found that to be the case. The other thing I like about this style is that it has a small zipper in the front so it makes it easy to adjust your core temperature by zipping it up into a turtleneck or down.
These are the polypro bottoms that go with the top. This stuff is great. It wicks the moisture from your body and keeps you warm.
Another reason I like these polypro tops is because they have a thumb-hole. See that little hole with the blue thread at the top and bottom? Watch this……….
You see that? Now when I stick my arm through other layers of clothing the underwear doesn’t get pulled up to my elbows. It’s also nice as a second layer over your palm and a first layer over your wrist. If you are playing in the snow, it keeps the snow from going down into your gloves or up your forearm.
The polypro tops come in different thicknesses. I’m not sure if you can make it out, but this one is much thicker than the one I posted above. This top is 100 weight polartec. I use this for ice-fishing and down hill skiing. Once again, it has that nice zipper and the thumbholes.
This is where I started thinking to myself, maybe this is a post more about insulation then long underwear. Anyways, this is a soft Polartec top. No pockets, but it fits loose, has that zipper I like and keeps you warm even in the event it gets wet. You want your inner layers to be made of material that wicks moisture away from your skin. The brand of this orange top is Columbia. I think I paid $30 for it. It was kind of pricey, but it’ll keep me warm for years. Orange in the woods isn’t as bright as you may think. Orange is a naturally occurring color in nature. You don’t see too many pure black things in the woods.
This is basically a Polartec sweatshirt. It has pockets. I got it from Campmor. I’m sure I wouldn’t have paid more than $15 for it. Wicks moisture and keep you warm even if it gets wet.
This is a fancy, wind proof top made from polyester and nylon. The main thing here is that it stops the wind from penetrating your body. Wind will suck the heat right out of you. This particular top isn’t very insulative, but it stops the wind dead. I got it from the very expensive store that’s a cooperative. I don’t buy anything there unless it is on the clearance rack. I paid $30 for this, marked down from $150!!! I can’t imagine anyone paying $150 for it, but it was worth the dirty thirty. This time of year I’d wear a poly pro top, this windbreaker and then my Filson canvas jacket and I’m good to go.
This is a polar tec zip top that I also got from Campmor. It’s heavier than the poly pro long underwear. It’s more like an intermediate layer, not right against your skin, but between the inner layer and your outer wear. I like being able to zip it into a turtle neck or zip it down to cool off. The pockets are pass through pockets so I can pass the hip belt from a pack right through it if I wanted to. It also has a cord to tighten down the waist to keep stuff from blowing in and heat from blowing out. You should be able to get something like this for between $20-$25. It’s well worth it.
This is a plain old wool sweater. I love wool. it keeps you warm even when wet. Wool sweaters come in all kinds of shapes, colors and sizes. I have a bunch of wool sweaters. Good ones will last a very long time. I’d like to buy some wool long underwear, but at $50+ for each piece it’s way too expensive for my wallet.
These are Thinsulate lined jeans. The Thinsulate is great. These jeans will keep me warm no matter what. Almost. The downside is that jeans are made out of cotton so if they get wet they don’t keep you warm. They keep you cold. Thinsulate though keeps you warm even if wet. I’ll only wear these if it’s very cold and dry or if it’s wet I’ll wear them under Gore-Tex.
This is an anorak from LL Bean, that I got on sale because it was an irregular. If I’m engaging in some high activity pursuit that I’ll be sweating doing then this is a great piece to wear. Throw on a polypro top, this anorak and my jacket and I’m good to go. The other nice thing with the anorak is that it has an adjustable hood so I can wear a hood inside of a hood if I want to and the pockets are pass through pockets which is good for a hep belt from a backpack.
This is a down sweater. I got this from Campmor too. It’s Campor’s own brand. There is no need to pay for the “Northface” brand. I got this sweater for probably $50 and it works great. Down is good. The downside of down is that it doesn’t keep you warm when wet so you either wear it under Goretex or only in dry conditions.
My walking pics of the day-
More deer tracks. What’s there to say? Just get out there and start walking your woods.
This is wild cranberry. They grow low in marshy, boggy areas. You can spot them by their low growing habit and teeny, tiny leaves. Here’s another picture-
You can see a few cranberries in this one picture. Cranberry is good stuff. Cranberries are high in vitamin C and are good for your urinary tract. They stay good even when buried under the winter snows and can be dried and crushed to powder. They also make a great addition when you cook grains, cereals, baked goods or roasted meats and poultry.