Got a hodge-podge of news and notes today from the great world of the outdoors…
Tonight’s the night for the premiere of “Alone in the Wild,” a National Geographic Channel program which follows the adventures of Ed Wardle as he attempts to last as long as he can in the wilds of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Wardle was there on his own, doing his own filming, and having to catch/gather his own food, build his own shelter and avoid the pitfalls of living in bear country.
I posted some videos of Wardle during the summer, but the episodes should include quite a bit more. Should be interesting.
The program airs at 8 p.m. Central on Nat Geo. Check in later on for a discussion of the episode.
Speaking of Wardle, did you know he was a photographer on Discovery’s “Everest Beyond the Limit”? He went on the most recent filming this spring in Nepal.
In any case, the third season of “Everest Beyond the Limit is supposed to air starting in December. After the 2008 climbing season was pretty much wiped out by the Chinese government (sensitivity over issues in Tibet and the Olympics), the show was on a one-year hiatus.
It’s back with the same outfitters, Russell Brice and his Himex crew, but now they’re tackling the mountain from the south face in Nepal rather than their normal North Face approach from Tibet.
Short bit of history: It’s the south side from which Everest was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay more than half a century ago. If you’ve read John Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air,” that drama unfolded on Everest’s south side.
It should be cool to watch the show in Everest’s classic places — the Khumbu icefall, the Balcony, the Hillary Step, the South Col. Probably some of the most anticipated adventure TV for me this year.
Still getting some good tips on staying warm in cold weather camping. A few more suggestions:
Put the clothes you’re going to wear in the foot area of your sleeping bag. This will prevent you from putting on cold clothes in the morning.
Bring your dogs. The term “three dog night” comes from somewhere. If they’re good outdoor dogs, they’ll be good to have around. Extra body heat never hurts.
Bring a sleeping bag liner. Flannel or fleece, this will give you something soft and warm against your body versus the cooler fabric of most sleeping bags. And it’s another layer of insulation that won’t add much weight or take up too much space in your pack.
Finally, this video on making a quinzee, a kind of snow shelter.