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I will be traveling to Yellowstone the end of January, 2013. I will be there 2 weeks photographing landscape and wildlife in weather that I have been told can get brutally cold. For those of you that have taken this trip, how did you handle the cold temperatures. Will I need special arctic clothing, good thermals, wool, what? Thank you in advance, Jim


Nov 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM
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Jim: Check LL Bean, Cabelo's, Bass Pro , North Face etc. for cold weather gear. Remember the saying "cotton kills". Stay away from cotton anything. Synthetics and wool clothing will be the best.
Use a layered system so you can add and remove as needed.
You don't say whether you will be packing or riding but you have something to work with.
Have a great trip, wish I was going with you.



Nov 21, 2012 at 02:52 AM
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3iron wrote:
Jim: Check LL Bean, Cabelo's, Bass Pro , North Face etc. for cold weather gear. Remember the saying "cotton kills". Stay away from cotton anything. Synthetics and wool clothing will be the best.
Use a layered system so you can add and remove as needed.
You don't say whether you will be packing or riding but you have something to work with.
Have a great trip, wish I was going with you.


Thank you. I will be driving to Mammoth Springs and taking a daily trip via coach, &/or private auto. The standing around will mostly be setting up and working an area. Similarly, should I come upon game I wish to photo. Wish I was able to take everybody that would like to go. Thanks, Jim



Nov 21, 2012 at 03:21 AM
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this might give you a little idea of what you are looking forward to: a good frame of reference
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Yellowstone+National+Park&state=WY&site=RIW&textField1=44.5747&textField2=-110.518

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/winterreports.htm

REI store locator
http://www.rei.com/stores/storeloc.html

driving to MS? in Jan. make sure your vehicle is set up for it.



Nov 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM
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sjms wrote:
this might give you a little idea of what you are looking forward to: a good frame of reference
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Yellowstone+National+Park&state=WY&site=RIW&textField1=44.5747&textField2=-110.518

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/winterreports.htm

REI store locator
http://www.rei.com/stores/storeloc.html

driving to MS? in Jan. make sure your vehicle is set up for it.


This is very helpful information. Thank you. To be "Officially" ready to go I need to pickup a set of chains. Other than that it is figure out how to stay warm. Thank you, Jim



Nov 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
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yes you do. chains, cleats, tank treads all good


Nov 21, 2012 at 03:27 PM
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As already stated, layers are the key to happiness. That said, the key for me is paying special attention to the feet. One of the biggest problems is not that your boots are too cold, but that they may be too tight and/or too warm. What that leads to is sweaty feet while walking, which then get very cold when sitting or waiting. So be sure to get properly fitting footwear and socks. After that, fingered glove liners inside mittens work great for keeping hands warm when you are standing around.

Peace,

Todd



Nov 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM
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sjms wrote:
yes you do. chains, cleats, tank treads all good


Thanks. Where can I get those tank treads?



Nov 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
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Todd Warnke wrote:
As already stated, layers are the key to happiness. That said, the key for me is paying special attention to the feet. One of the biggest problems is not that your boots are too cold, but that they may be too tight and/or too warm. What that leads to is sweaty feet while walking, which then get very cold when sitting or waiting. So be sure to get properly fitting footwear and socks. After that, fingered glove liners inside mittens work great for keeping hands warm when you are standing around.

Peace,

Todd


My feet getting cold has always been a problem. I am thinking about getting these:: http://www.northernoutfitters.com/mountain-pack-arctic-boots/
If they didn't look so weird I would jump on them. Time to suck up the vanity and get warm.. Thank you, Jim



Nov 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
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I was in Yellowstone last winter and we hit -24* one morning. Very heavy long undies..from Cabela's, a winter Parka and insulated boots....don't forget the "Yak tracks".
Several batteries will come in handy too..
Great trip I'm going back again this winter.



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Ill add to the great information already posted above.

From my experience, layered clothing works best. You can add on or take off as the weather conditions changes. If the forecast is calling for mostly sunny with chances of rain in the area, then pack for sunny weather with an extra rain jacket that you can foldup. If its calling for all rain and some sun, bring out the rain gear and wear the sunny clothes underneath. Those UnderAmour drifit works well. Actually all drifit works from the socks to the gloves and if budget is a factor, the Starter brand at Walmart works exactly the same.

Get those heat packs for your flanges and batteries!



Nov 21, 2012 at 04:06 PM
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matt4626 wrote:
I was in Yellowstone last winter and we hit -24* one morning. Very heavy long undies..from Cabela's, a winter Parka and insulated boots....don't forget the "Yak tracks".
Several batteries will come in handy too..
Great trip I'm going back again this winter.


I have been wanting to make this trip for years and now it appears to be coming true. Thank you for the information. I would have never thought of Yak tracks. Jim



Nov 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
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Thats Fresh wrote:
Ill add to the great information already posted above.

From my experience, layered clothing works best. You can add on or take off as the weather conditions changes. If the forecast is calling for mostly sunny with chances of rain in the area, then pack for sunny weather with an extra rain jacket that you can foldup. If its calling for all rain and some sun, bring out the rain gear and wear the sunny clothes underneath. Those UnderAmour drifit works well. Actually all drifit works from the socks to the gloves and if budget is a factor, the Starter
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Under Armour is cheaper than the wool-blends I have been looking at. Thank you, Jim



Nov 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM
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Footwear in the cold is always a challenge. A balance between bulk and walkability is the challenge. I have fund that layering socks and decent PAC boots is a good set up. If you are walking much, it doesn't matter what you choose, it will be a pain. Be prepared to be very tired. Think about conditioning and altitude. And keep fluids up, you won't be thirsty but you need the liquids anyway.

Good luck and have fun!

Paul



Nov 21, 2012 at 05:05 PM
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Don't forget to put an emergency kit in the auto. Food, extra water, a candle will actually warm the car with you in it. Extra blanket, shovel etc. Hopefully you will not need it, but if you do need it, you will be so happy it is there, you will take me next time.
Best wishes.



Nov 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
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Thats Fresh wrote:
From my experience, layered clothing works best.


And keep your skin dry. Wet skin freezes at 32º; dry skin closer to 0º.

Henry Posner
henryp@bhphoto.com
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Nov 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM
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Paulthelefty wrote:
Footwear in the cold is always a challenge. A balance between bulk and walkability is the challenge. I have fund that layering socks and decent PAC boots is a good set up. If you are walking much, it doesn't matter what you choose, it will be a pain. Be prepared to be very tired. Think about conditioning and altitude. And keep fluids up, you won't be thirsty but you need the liquids anyway.

Good luck and have fun!

Paul


Paul; These are excellent tips. Thank you. Jim



Nov 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
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3iron wrote:
Don't forget to put an emergency kit in the auto. Food, extra water, a candle will actually warm the car with you in it. Extra blanket, shovel etc. Hopefully you will not need it, but if you do need it, you will be so happy it is there, you will take me next time.
Best wishes.


I have read the horror stories of stranded travelers and plan on being "Over-Prepared" Thank you very much. Jim



Nov 21, 2012 at 07:41 PM
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henryp wrote:
And keep your skin dry. Wet skin freezes at 32º; dry skin closer to 0º.

Henry Posner
henryp@bhphoto.com
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Thank you Henry. My biggest concern there is over dressing and starting to sweat. This is like going to another planet as I live in SW Texas..



Nov 21, 2012 at 07:44 PM
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p.1 #20 · Yellowstone Clothing


chemical heat packs are a good idea for hands and feet. A few tour companies use the site below. You can rent some items rather than have to purchase them.

http://www.necessarygear.com/index.php?cPath=34_308



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