That’s interesting – years pass, then another years, and in tourism, with all the external diversity, many eternal “rakes” still remain in the path of newcomers who regularly come across them every year. And that is why I would like today talk about such a problem as campfire around the campfire, and how to make it safe and enjoyable. So, one of the main troubles that almost all beginners face without exception is the destruction of their clothes and equipment when drying around the campfire. How to deal with this? Yes it’s very simple! Here are some proven tips x repeatedly to themselves and others.
One of the main rules is to never leave to dry your things around the campfire without personal supervision. Almost every year I see the same picture – in spite of all my warnings, people hang out and put their wet clothes at the fire, and then go off to do their own thing. As a result, after some time we have all the same wet clothes, only now already smelling of smoke, or some kind of cloth colander, delighting its owner with the cheerful brilliance of different-sized holes. :))) The fact is that wet things can dry safely by the fire in only one place – on the side of it, and in the immediate vicinity of the fire. To do this, they need to be held in hands, being next to the fire. It is impossible to dry them over the fire itself, because if you hang low above the fire – they will burn, high – they will remain moist. For example, here my tourists didn’t manage to dry anything really. But all things have acquired an indescribably strong “flavor”. :) The reason is that it is impossible to guess the height of the flame (this is not a gas burner), because the ownerless thing hanging lonely over the fire, as a rule, either remains wet, or the second option, sent to the wailing howls of its former owner, goes to gift to Khan of Altai. :) If there is still a need to dry something quickly, then this is done as follows (we are not talking about synthetics) – take your wet clothes (socks, T-shirt, diaper, tie, etc.) and bring it with a swaying motion. through the flame. Due to the fact that the fabric will be in the flame for a split second, it will not have time to burn. But due to the constant large heating, it dries very quickly. (In this way, I dried my socks very quickly here) With synthetics drying, the situation is somewhat different: Take it in your hands and sit on the side of the fire. After that, bring it to the flame so far that the fire only heats it. Next, you need to constantly check the surface of the fabric with your hand – it should be very hot, but not to the extent that it begins to melt. If necessary, you need to literally move away from the fire for a couple of seconds (which will allow the excessively heated fabric to cool down), and then continue drying again in the same way (this is exactly what my interlocutor in the previous photo shows). In addition, remember that the spark and the flying coals for synthetics are much worse than for x / b – the hole is obtained at the moment. Therefore, be careful. And perhaps it is worth mentioning another, quite safe way – drying over the hot coals of a just extinguished fire. But, this method is applicable only for long leisurely parking and dnevki. Continuing this topic, we logically move on to another problem – how to protect wearable clothing from burning, while being around a fire. Well, firstly, bonfire bonfire – discord. One thing is a real taiga bonfire (from cedar, fir and larch), and quite another is from a plain forest (aspen, Christmas trees and other sticks). In the first case, we get a bonfire with an even and hot flame, almost without sparks and shooting. In the second case, our fire can easily turn into a kind of festive fireworks. This must also be taken into account and behave next to the fire, respectively. In a normal taiga fire, you can be fearlessly close enough. Although, of course, sometimes some small red-hot abomination also flies out of it. :) But next to the bonfire, where sparks fly from the fountain, you need to be very careful and not sit too close. And in both cases I want to say that the excellent reaction and fast hands will always help your favorite jacket, or T-shirt. Over time, this skill will reach automatism, but the first time will have to keep a watchman at the “shooting” fire, ready in a split second to throw off a split piece of coal from his clothes. Another thing worth mentioning separately is shoe drying. To begin with, boots by the fire need to be dried only in a very extreme case, and also, constantly monitoring this process. I will explain the first part of this phrase. If the boots are leather, then quickly dried around the fire they can become tightened so that you start to cry again not wearing them, just looking at this squalor. The second part of the drama will begin after donning them. And most likely after that you will run to the river again to soak them, realizing that raw shoes are not the worst evil in this case. I also want to warn you that some leather shoes, if dried quickly, can very cool, and irrevocably, decrease. It was checked on my own skin, when after one such drying, my shoes began to look quite funny – from under quite normal looking shoes, soles protruded almost an inch, because the shoes shriveled and shrunk, but the sole did not. In general, usually the shoes are not specially dried. Just at the end of the day, they put up tents under the awning, where they slowly and come back to normal. And although in the morning they will still be wet, it does not matter, because in this form, they will even better sit on their feet. And then, it all depends on the area. For example, in Altai, fords are very frequent, incl. even well-dried shoes will still climb quickly enough to swim again. And this is not to mention the rainy days. Here sushi – not sushi, one horse-radish – left the parking lot, and you are again head over heels in mud and water. Therefore, you don’t need to fight so moisture fanatically on your shoes. In the end, no one has died from wet shoes, but to kill your feet with shriveled and stiff bots by the fire is easy. Not to mention the risk of just burning them, and generally staying in the middle of a hike barefoot. However, there is another fairly safe way of drying – in the sun (if any). In this case, the shoes do not dry as fast as near a fire, and therefore do not lose their shape. Well, of course, there is no risk of burning it. Anyway, in this case, the sun is the safest dryer, which does not require monitoring and constant monitoring. Yet the rest of the methods – only with the personal participation of the owner of wet clothes. Another thing that tourists sometimes have to deal with is drying a wet sleeping bag or puff near a fire. Since this is the most valuable of what you have, you need to take this process very responsibly. Dry only personally, and only in your own hands!
The most important equipment on the trip is your head! Learn to use it! :)
I agree with Olga
it’s best to buy a pair of “dry-dried” shoes for shoes filled with silica gel – special tabs in the shoes (sold at most shoe stores cost about 400 rubles, last for the 4th year) – after the day, put gel bags inside, and every take them out for half an hour for 10 minutes to dry around the fire. BUT!!! Because almost all of the mountain hikes went through the Caucasus (read – in the reserves = no bonfires can be made), then I recommend all the same “bags of silica gel” – put them in your boots and put them closer to the burner … so that it is at least a little warm. And for the night – shoes (if completely raw) are best placed not just under the awning, but in the tent at the feet.