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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

Use a pencil. They do not freeze and can be easily sharpened. You might also use a grease pencil; they can write on metal, plastic, wet, oily, or waxy surfaces as well. These don't always afford ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

I have previously used a tape recorder and nowadays, a smartphone or tiny handheld microphone. Then I simply speak my observations and findings in a way I know I will be able to easily tabulate when I ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

To address the issues you're having with audio-based solutions, keep the phone inside your clothing and use a "hands-free" headset (wired). This will stop the phone dying due to a cold ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

When I was hunting, I found that the best way to keep my fingers warm, while still allowing me to free them for delicate manipulation (loading a magazine, etc) was to wear "convertible gloves" - that ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

Prepare a form for the information you collect. Make the blanks big. Fill in the form by grasping your "pencil" in your gloved fist. Use an over-sized writing utensil (so your fist doesn't cramp)....
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

When I worked at a salebarn in the winter we had this problem and the solution was multiple pens inside your shirt pocket under your coat. Pens will work for a while then get too cold at which point ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

One time, during a winter research project, it was only after after a full-day ski to the study site that we realized that none of us had a pen or pencil. So we wrote the numbers in the snow with a ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

Think of the basic triangle - you need warmth, dryness, and wind-free. OP's question does not mention being wet but does reference the cold AND the windchill. So limit the wind with some kind of ...
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Do truly all-season tents exist?

Of course. You can (almost) always cool down a 4-season tent, but you can't very well protect a 2-season tent from a blizzard. The primary concern is weight, but if you're going to be camping near a ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

-10°C (14°F) is not that cold. If you keep moving a thin "glove liner" or "running glove" should be warm enough for a while. The glove liners are thin enough where a regular #2 ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

Pencils. Pencils are also approved by the Bundesmarine (German Navy). I remember how pencils just worked when we stood outside in the rain and in the snow at temperatures around 0°C, and us recruits ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

Most answers seem to assume the writing implement is the problem, but the asker specifically states that his comfort is the problem. I can think of two solutions. If possible, figure out how to ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

There are some pens that are made for extreme conditions such as the uni-ball PowerTank Retractable Ballpoint pen. I've never personally used one of these but it has many positive reviews on Amazon. ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

I write software for a company that supplies an application for field engineers to use to collect field data with a hardened android tablet. I expect you could use a text editor in a hardened android ...
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Do truly all-season tents exist?

Well... a 4 season tent is a 4 season tent... You can use it during the whole year without any problems while a 2 season tent might not be as pleasant during the winter. I receive questions like this ...
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Are aluminum foil and emergency mylar blankets equally effective as heat reflectors/insulators

Aluminium foil is far heavier for the same coverage, bulkier and less strong. Snagging on something sharp can easily tear mylar, foil far more so. Getting and carrying foil in big enough sheets is ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

Depending on the complexity of the notes, you may not have to sightwrite them. So, wear a warm but roomy coat, pull in your arms, and take your paper and pencil notes that way.
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How hot does it have to get for hiking to become unsafe?

The limit isn't temperature, it's heat index. Since your body cools itself by sweating, you need to take the humidity into account when figuring out if you're going to overheat. As an example, 10% ...
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At what temperature does rain become not chilling?

I'd say, very hard to answer as it depends on a lot of factors, especially personal preference (e.g. I get cold if I'm tired or hungry). Other factors would include exposure time, wind, sunny/cloudy, ...
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What is the most severe temperature that a proper snow cave can protect you from?

TLDR: -148 °F including windchill has been survived inside of a snowcave. I went looking for cases of people surviving extremely low temperatures while inside a snow caves, and it looks like the ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

I would suggest a pair of good waterproof winter gloves instead of mittens. These will keep your hands warm and protected from wind and still allow for enough dexterity for writing with a pencil.
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How is 40C at 95% humidity survivable?

Its hard to confirm what the video crew was experiencing but generally speaking wet-bulb temperatures over 35C (approximate lethal limit for humans) are still very rare on this planet. An interesting ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

Let me suggest that some acclimatization may help (though I'm not sure how practical this is). I was personally rather astonished how much we can actually adapt to cold weather: I spent a winter in ...
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What will the water temperature be at Sharm el-Sheikh at a depth of 30m in October?

A good estimation is to deduct 5 degrees Celsius from surface temperature to get temperature at 20m - 30m depth. (This is based on my experience over thousands of dives, but most of the diving is in ...
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Why some sleeping bags have four temperature ratings while others have only one?

The answer might be already hidden in the answer to this question: In the US, there seems to be no standardized norm for sleeping bags, i.e. every manufacturer can write onto the label whatever they ...
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How do you take field notes at below 0 °C, without freezing fingers?

Your question made me wonder how Robert Falcon Scott wrote his final diary entries on his trip to the South Pole in 1912. This article, from The Guardian, Scott of the Antartic's final diary ...
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How to deal with temperature swings while sleeping in a tent?

I am going to disagree with the frequency and surety with which you predict these temperature swings, but they do happen. Typically it gets colder as the night goes on, which is a shame because it's ...
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Do truly all-season tents exist?

Many 4-season tents cannot be ventilated as well as tents made for summer conditions. Also, they tend to be larger. this means, you can use them, but it won´t be ideal. This differs a lot with the ...
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What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?

There's not a simple answer to the question of where your body loses heat, because the body is a sophisticated thermoregulator, and the amount of heat your body loses, and where it loses heat, varies ...
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