For those that performed the heat tests I am interested how you got on. If you missed out try one next weekend.
I find this particular test very interesting because cold is something we don’t really experience. Sure we get cold over the winter when we are out and about. Even if you work out in the open it is only for a short period and then you are all wrapped up until when you get back inside where you soon warm up. When you think of the cold you have a vague memory of what it is like and it doesn’t seem like much. Your warm shower wipes away the memory as it wasn’t that bad.
Now when you do a test like this when you get back you can’t get warmed up like you did before. If you have the means then you can get hot drinks and hot meals which is good but they soon fade. You look forward to your hot meals, hot drinks and going to bed all wrapped up and then you don’t want to get out in the morning but you have too. It becomes an issue that you feel every minute of the day and it can actually be fatal. If your body temperature gets too low you can get hypothermia. Usually though it is a cold nose, cold hands and cold feet. They are bad enough especially when you can’t just get them warm easily but when you are cold getting dressed and going to the toilet then you really feel it. In my view this is worse than hunger in many respects. You can easily, relatively, go several days without food and a single meal or even a bit of food makes everything OK. With the cold a period of warmth followed by the cold again makes you feel a lot worse. Cold makes you feel miserable, lethargic and can bring you down without you realising.
My test brought back memories of when I was a kid when the coal fire had to be set and lit in the morning followed by a cold wash, getting dressed and waiting for the ice to defrost from the inside of the house as you got warm in front of the fire toasting a bit of bread before we went out but without the getting warm, the toast and, thankfully, without the ice.
Now consider how it felt and think about what you can do to alleviate that. Do you need more sheets, better socks and boots, a hat, a thermos flask or whatever else you felt you were missing. Then add that to your preps plus spares for everyone. Finally consider if everything is ready for a true winter test, what else would you need, maybe thicker socks or more clothes. We will try another of these test early in the new year. At that time there may be ice. Make sure you are ready.