I seriously do not like being cold. So I wonder if perhaps this is not a stupid endeavor.
Weighing it all out, I trust that if I do diligence and prepare adequately, I will be able to enjoy this adventure. After all it does get cold here in the Klamath Basin. Last winter was sub zero for quite a while, and I fared OK. I have actually been colder in 40º weather in Point Reyes, where there is significant moisture in the air. I imagine the Tibetan plateau to be quite dry at 12,000 feet. Fingers crossed…in my mittens!
I have been online for weeks trying to ascertain the best clothing for the trip. I have finally settled on an LL Bean -55 coat. This is for starters. I ordered a large, but then realized I will need room for layers, so soon I will be the proud owner of this fabulous and, hopefully, toasty, XL coat. I plan on living in silk long johns, some kind of turtleneck, my camelhair sweater and this!
I also purchased some down mittens, but have learned that wool might be better, with waterproof covers. Especially boiled wool. That said, I will test my down mittens and hopefully the exterior material is waterproof enough to be effective.
The BEST thing I have gotten is my STORMY ROMER rancher’s cap. This is a wool baseball-style hat from the Upper Peninsula (Michigan)with padding and ear flaps. I love it. It might be too bulky to travel with…but, it is so perfect that I could be a sales person!
Next will be an exploration of the best trousers.