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At which temperature would you rather go camping?

+40 C with 80% humidity
- 10 (50%)
-40 C and a strong breeze
- 10 (50%)

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Freeze or burn?
« on: January 22, 2011, 11:56:59 PM »

There has been some discussion of this subject around on the forums, and I figured out I might as well make a poll about it.

Say, you're going camping for a week. Tenting, to be more specific. And of course, the weather is extreme. You have to stay outside and do easy work (say, doing weather measuring) for about ten continous hours a day. You have ample food, clothes and fuel, but you have to walk some distance to fetch water. In what temperature would you rather do it?

+40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), with 80% humidity and equally long days and nights (Equatorial savannah)
or -40 degrees Celsius/Fahrenheit with a strong breeze and twice as much darkness as daylight (Arctic winter)?

In short, do you believe extreme heat or extreme cold is most uncomfortable?


Myself, I have experienced the winter, but not the heat. Still, I believe working in the heat would be a breeze provided you had enough water, and some shade. Cold, on the other hand... -25 is horrible enough, and 40 would be outright lethal. You have to balance your clothing perfectly, or you'll end up freezing (sweating is a BAD thing when it's cold). Your fingers and toes are always numb from cold. Stay in motion, or you'll regret you stopped. Clothing restricts movement, and never mind going to the toilet...

Your thoughts?
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011, 12:44:50 AM »

Lived in Alaska for 6 years, -40 FTW
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2011, 12:58:42 AM »

Eye could probably withstand -40C...
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2011, 01:50:14 AM »

^Which eye?

I'd rather go camping in +40 degree temperatures. By myself or with 1 friend I trust, because I don't like a lot of people seeing me... sweaty :P
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2011, 01:58:54 AM »

is +40 SERIOUSLY hot to you???
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2011, 02:41:24 AM »

I can clearly remember certain times I've been so bone-chilled cold, the wind stinging my face, and just being so miserable I wanted to die.

I cannot remember a single time, no matter how hot it's been, that I have been even the least bit uncomfortable. 'nuff said.
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2011, 03:12:44 AM »

is +40 SERIOUSLY hot to you???
I didn't switch it to Fahrenheit, so I just assumed, lol.

I cannot remember a single time that I have been even the least bit uncomfortable.
So you're saying you've been comfortable your whole life? [/grammar nazi]
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2011, 03:25:16 AM »

^Which eye?
You obviously didn't get the reference...
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2011, 03:26:47 AM »

Dammit. :'(
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2011, 03:49:31 AM »

I can clearly remember certain times I've been so bone-chilled cold, the wind stinging my face, and just being so miserable I wanted to die.

I cannot remember a single time, no matter how hot it's been, that I have been even the least bit uncomfortable in heat. 'nuff said.

Fixed, universe-x, you jerk.
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2011, 04:52:23 AM »

In case anyone is lazy, -40C = -40F and 40C = 104F.

I'd rather be in 40C, as I get cold a LOT more easily than I get hot.
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 05:24:51 AM »

Humidity makes people stink. Especially if you have to sit next to fat people on the subway. So -40 C. :D
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 11:27:01 AM »

It's the humidity that made me go -40C. I've waited for the bus in 40C with a strong breeze. The air was dry as hell though. And on the walk up there my throat felt dry. It was ten times more bearable than hot, sticky weather. Shade would do nothing if the air was hot. Humidity...Gah. No. Anything but that. :P
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2011, 02:23:05 PM »

In case anyone is lazy, -40C = -40F and 40C = 104F.

I'd rather be in 40C, as I get cold a LOT more easily than I get hot.

I thought the physics of temperature change were the same for everyone.
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Re: Freeze or burn?
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 03:44:46 PM »

When it's cold, you can stack layers.

When it's hot, you just go "fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu".
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