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Tips: Keep Me Warm

Tips from Nebraskaland photographers on how to keep warm.


Dress appropriately and you can handle any photo assignment, even laying in a photo blind on a frigid, snowy February day.

Story by Jeff Kurrus. Photo by Eric Fowler.

Each year, the contributors to Nebraskaland Magazine spend hundreds of hours outside in frigid temperatures. There is no way to consistently battle this type of climate without a game plan. For me, I eat multiple servings of protein – including peanut butter and yogurt, before and during my trips to increase my metabolism which, in turn, increases body heat. Here are some thoughts from our staff.

Jenny Wheatley – “I use Hot Hands Foot Warmers instead of their toe warmers, the ones that cover the bottom of your feet. Also don’t wear too many layers of socks, which can restrict blood flow to your feet.”

Eric Fowler – “Don’t get hot. Dress light going to your location, then layer up from there. If you sweat, you’re going to get cold.”

Daryl Bauer – “Keep your core and head warm and the rest of your body will follow. Start with base layers of modern synthetic underwear, and then layer on top of that. Wool is great for outer layers – stays warm even if it’s wet, and finish with an outermost layer that will break the wind. And nothing beats real fur for warmth!”

Justin Haag – “Dress in layers and allow ample time to hike to a given location.”

Julie Geiser – “If I’m able to be in a blind situation, I always pack in my Buddy Heater; it’s lightweight, easy to light and warm. If in the elements, a stocking hat and neck gator is a must so I don’t lose body heat from my head and neck.”

Chris Masada – “Mittens are warmer than gloves. For activities requiring dexterity, I wear convertible mittens (fingerless gloves with mitten covers) or layer very thin, grippy glove liners under mittens and remove mittens as needed.”  ■