What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby Hope-a-Lope » Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:28 pm

Is it just me, or was sunburn pretty much a non-issue? I'm Irish American with fair skin, and diligent sunscreen application is a way of life. But I found that the dust actually helped as a second skin of sorts. I still used sunscreen, of course, but when I came home and finally had a proper shower, I might have been paler than when I left New York.

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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby ranger magnum » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:53 am

I wear a Keffiyeh, but usually in the Lebanese style (think Yassir Arafat). But as soon as a dust storm hits, I tie it up military fashion.

I also pour a little water on it, and it works as an evaporative cooler too.
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby FlyingMonkey » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:01 pm

TexasRick wrote:When I used to work in a steel mill (think running rivers of molten iron) we used to make a bundle of ice cubes in a red rag and put it up in the crown of our hard hats. The ice would keep your dome cool, and the little rivulets of chilled water down the back of the neck were refreshing. On the other hand, I imagine the ice would last less than an hour on the Playa, requiring frequent restocking. I am considering a sombrero (with an anti blow away cord) to supplement my bush hat-but not the straw kind-it won't hold up.


+++ Ice cubes in the hat worked great last time. Almost too good at times.
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby Oldguy » Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:58 pm

Hydrate in copious amounts before, during, and after your trek. Your sweat will evaporate very quickly, you may not notice it. A wet bandana or cloth will keep your neck cool. A shady hat with a tall crown will protect your brain. Carry emergency first aid cold packs, alcohol swabs, or other evap coolers. Gulp your water, if you can't sip get a grip on that bottle. You will get hot, deal with it.
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby nixiebunny » Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:04 am

Hot? I live in Tucson, and go to Burning Man to cool off.

A big hat is enough to keep you from roasting. That and lots of water. Take advantage of others' shade structures whenever possible.
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby chaoticntrl » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:01 am

I use this, fill with water and add a few drops of tea tree oil (optional but is good for sun exposure and is also antimicrobial).
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Pro tip: look for a model where the rod going down into the jug is metal and not plastic. I bought a plastic one and it broke mid week, while my metal version has lasted since 2006. This is great because it's small enough to carry around (especially in a bike basket) and you can spray lots of people easily. (be sure to ask permission and also tell people what oils you may have added so they can opt out if allergies.)
...you could also theoretically also adjust the nozzle setting and zap any unwanted weekend tourist type photographers, say at critical tits.


I also have a nice cotton sarong type thing that I will dip in ice cold cooler water and plaster it to my upper body for a portable personal swamp cooler. People are going to want to borrow it from you.
Both of these options will make any sunscreen melt away faster.
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby unjonharley » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:15 am

I'm adding a Figjam bucket cooler to the MVtrike
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby tatonka » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:20 am

just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby unjonharley » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:25 am

tatonka wrote:just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)
:lol: :wink:
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby unjonharley » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:26 am

tatonka wrote:just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)

What?? we all return to the real world as jerky???
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby jneilvindy » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:07 am

Rayban sunglasses and an awesome attitude!

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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:15 pm

unjonharley wrote:
tatonka wrote:just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)

What?? we all return to the real world as jerky???



I thought we arrived jerky, then got better!!! :lol:
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Re: What do you use to keep cool when AWAY from camp?

Postby unjonharley » Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:19 pm

FIGJAM wrote:
unjonharley wrote:
tatonka wrote:just watched a show on preserving meat , they lay it on some seasalt till it dries out . I thought of us on the playa :)

What?? we all return to the real world as jerky???



I thought we arrived jerky, then got better!!! :lol:

I have a head start in the jerky department with this parkinson's shit..
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