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  • Reynaud's syndrome and winter camping

    Looking for experience-based advice on this. Wife has it and it seems once she gets cold its super difficult to address.

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    I have zero advice. I hope you find a solution so you both can enjoy the winter without much stress.

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    • #3
      I have a friend who has Reynaud's and still winter camps. Here's what he told me he does. First and foremost, he's a hot tenter which helps a ton, always gives him an option/place to warm up. Lots of giant arm circles and jumping jacks if he's sitting for too long (ice fishing or taking a break from skiing) to get/keep the blood flowing to the extremities. Hot water in the Nalgene bottle covered with a wool sock and put into sleeping bag. Otherwise, he's moving a lot when he pulls his sled into his camping spot, stays active at camp, cross country skiis or snowshoes around, and has hot tent as his home base. Hope that helps.

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        Lance Mackey, four time winner of the Itidarod suffers from Raynaud's and has struggled to mush any more.
        ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — He beat cancer, but the treatment cost him most of his teeth. He can't feel his fingers because of another disease. It feels like his fingernails

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        • #5
          I don't have Reynaud's, but I do have severe nerve damage that affects the sensory nerves and found that always having a pair of thick, down- filled mitts handy is a huge help, as are good, somewhat loose socks, with nylon or polypro liners (so far alpaca wool seems the warmest). one trick I use is to have a pair of thin merino "liner " gloves under my regular ones (means getting a larger size) so any exposure to the cold air is minimal.
          a trick one of my doctors taught me is to briefly touch my bare fingertip to the back of my earlobe (it's very sensitive and vascular) because you'll almost instantly know if it's getting too cold, then it's time for the big , heavy mitts to come out.
          I don't know if this will help, but it's worth a try.

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