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Old 01-30-2014   #1
 
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How to dry your socks

I was down in the big ditch a few years ago and some old school boatmen showed me how to dry my wet socks. You arrange some sticks around the fire pan and hang up all your stuff on them and basically cook them dry. OR you can simply throw all your wet stuff in your sleeping bag and it will dry overnight. Does anyone have any other cool pointers like this?

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Old 01-30-2014   #2
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I was down in the big ditch a few years ago and some old school boatmen showed me how to dry my wet socks. You arrange some sticks around the fire pan and hang up all your stuff on them and basically cook them dry. OR you can simply throw all your wet stuff in your sleeping bag and it will dry overnight. Does anyone have any other cool pointers like this?
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Specifically items 4, 10,13, 34, and 35.
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Drying socks by a fire should be done on a stick held as if one was doing marshmallows. You leave it without a timer and there can be melted/burnt events.

In some places during the summer there can be very low humidity recoveries at night. Dry air with socks strung and held to a tent fly cord clothes line can work at times. The further from the river the better.
Hanging inside the tent is a poor choice as humidity from breathing means a humid microclimate.

Inside the sleeping bag means the moisture is transferred to the sleeping bag.

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Doing wash on the raft then hanging as soon as camp is started, in the sun if possible can work sometimes.

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The two sock system with a very light inner sock can work well because you can pack a lot of very light inner socks.
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Either in the morning or soon as I hit the beach, I find the best sunlight and put my damp stuff there. Often times hang them on a bush or on the boat.

Humidity so low on most western rivers, drying does not take long in direct sun
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Old 01-30-2014   #5
 
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During the summer, its not too complicated. For winter trips, the first thing I usually do at camp is set up the tent and get a strong fire going in the stove. (I do this because I usually bring a big tent and fold up tent stove. Meanwhile, everyone else is busy with other camp tasks.) Then I make a call for drying out gear, and we all hang and arrange our items. By the time we need to roll out beds, most of our gear is totally dry because it gets so dang hot in there.
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nalgenes

Did this trick years ago on the pct. Put boiling water in smallish (pint?) nalgenes. Place your socks on the bottle like a foot. Worked well for backpacking, made your water bottle a bit iffy for a day.

Anyone else try this?
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For the life of me I can't figure out whether or not this entire thread is serious.

VERY important question to Schutzie, in the "50's" post, why are all of the 8's smiley faces?
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The best way Ive found is after ringing out socks and foot beds place them on your bear chest under your base layer before going to bed. It is the only place that gets hot enough to dry them. If you just throw them in your sleeping bag they are still wet in the morning. Fire drying often leads the crispy sock syndrome.
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For the life of me I can't figure out whether or not this entire thread is serious.

VERY important question to Schutzie, in the "50's" post, why are all of the 8's smiley faces?
because the keystroke sequence for smiley with sunnies is "8") (minus the quotes, or we'd just have two smilies...)

as for seriousness, it's winter, we're bored. Serious is a matter of opinion (see, did the 8 ) there again...)
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