Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Clothing and Attire

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Proper clothing for hot and cold weather.
Sheet Man - Gary Walkingman HauseThe way to keep comfortable in any weather is to have multiple layers, and constantly add or subtract as necessary. Wool is my favorite fabric, it will keep you warm even when it is wet. A pair of lightweight wool pants and a wool sweater or shirt is usually all I wear when it is raining, they breathe real good so you do not get that sweaty, clammy feeling from a raincoat. Add a gore-tex jacket for really windy cold weather, wool hat, wool gloves, and wool socks, and you can keep warm anywhere you walk. Coveralls made from Dupont Tyvek polypropolene material work real good in rainy weather, I found a pair on the roadside, and just now ordered a new pair from a safty products company for six dollars. They keep my wool clothes dryer, and weighs only 4 or 5 ounces. Your body generates alot of heat when you are walking, and as long as you keep your sleeping bag and tent dry, you can stop whenever you need to, and go to sleep in a nice warm, dry sleeping bag. During hot weather it is important to keep all your skin protected from the sun. Ten or twelve hours in the sun will suck all the moisture out and burn you really bad. Lightweight cotton shirts and pants work good, or a bedsheet with a whole cut in the middle for your head is good. Always wear a hat with a wide brim or you can wrap a long sleave t-shirt around your head to have something similar to what desert tribesman do. I always keep a wet sponge in my hat to cool myself down, the water drips down your head and feels real good. Cooler collars, bandanas with special polymer crystals sewed inside, that soak up water, also help to keep you cool. The important thing is to listen to your body, if you are tired, take a break, if you are hot, sit in the shade and drink water. In order to walk long distances you have to know what your body is capable of, and how to take care of it so it does not break down. I do laundry about once a week, but everyday I rinse out my bike shorts and shirt. They are a nylon lycra blend, and rinse out fast and dry quickly. If you keep clean, you feel better and your clothes will feel better. Usually I give myself a quick sponge bath in a rest room once or twice a day. When I do get to take a real shower I am in heaven, not having something for a while can make it so much better when you finally get it. Clothing List: Gore-tex jacket, lightweight wool dress pants, wool sweater, cotton dress shirt, two pairs black bicycle shorts, one bicycle shirt, two pairs polypropalene liner socks, two pairs hiking socks, one pair thick wool socks, wool hat, wool gloves, Tyvek coveralls, wide brim hat, bedsheet toga. All these clothes were either found, given to me or purchased at a thrift store for about twenty dollars. Salvation Army and Goodwill are my favorite thrifts stores. Sometimes small towns will have church run stores in the basement, just ask around, and keep you eyes open, if you need something bad enough you will find it eventually.

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