Surviving a -36° Night – No Tent & No Sleeping Bag

This is the coldest outing I have been on to date. The temperature dropped all the way down to -36 degrees Celsius by the morning. All that was brought with me is what you see… 5 simple items. This was certainly a test of my abilities in the outdoors but enjoyable nonetheless. Thank you to everyone who watches! God bless.

Extra info/FAQ:

Northern Alberta, Canada

My Clothing:
Outer layer – Waxed cotton
Insulating layers- Wool & Cotton
Base layer – Cotton

I get criticized a lot because I choose to wear cotton in the outdoors. Argue about it all you want but if you keep it dry it insulates almost as good as wool. Keep your clothes dry and they’ll keep you warm. Don’t ever depend on wet clothing to keep you warm… even if it’s wool. Keep. It. Dry.

Are there wild animals in this area?
Yes. There’s a variety of big game (moose, deer, grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, wolves) in this area. They tend to avoid humans for the most part though and don’t pose much of a threat. I do carry a form of protection just in case.

How did I manage to sleep in such cold temperatures?
Simply put: my fire. Having a large, hot fire is the reason I was able to stay comfortable throughout the night despite not having any bedding. The fire I made was as simple as it gets in terms of long fires. I probably should have built it differently to conserve the wood but it was still an effective fire that did it’s job.

My gear:
Knife – Helle Sigmund
Kettle – 9 Cup Aluminum Percolator Kettle
Ferro Rod – Made by Uberleben
Axe – 2 1/2 lb german-made boys axe. Bought used then restored it.
Boots – Sorel Pac Boots
Fingerless Gloves – Fox River Ragg Glove

If you have any other questions or comments please let me know in the comments section down below.