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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby lodidodi » Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:01 pm

I have a suunto vector and the temp is also off due to body heat.

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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby Scott P » Wed Dec 26, 2007 9:31 pm

For what it's worth, I think an inexpensive zipper attached thermometer might be your best bet.


It seems most only go down to -20 or so. If you do lots of winter camping, it's probably eventually going to get colder than that. Also, those thermomters are hard to read to the nearest degree. I still use mine all the time and have it attached to my pack, but they aren't the best if you are really concerned with accuracy. They do give you a rough idea though.
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby thunderinacircle » Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:00 pm

I don't want to come off sounding rude here, so enlighten me if I need it. However, if you are just camping and not professionally observing temperature, why does it matter if your thermometer is off a degree or two? Maybe I'm not normal or something, but -20 feels pretty similar to -18 to me. To the tenth of a degree seems beyond overkill.
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby Scott P » Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:27 pm

why does it matter if your thermometer is off a degree or two?


If it's something you keep track of, just like elevation of a mountain.

Let's say I have climbed Cotopaxi, Kilimanjaro, and El Misti. All are between 19,101-19,347 feet high. If I wanted to know which was the highest peak I've climbed, I would look at all the elevations and find out which one. If a few feet doesn't matter, couldn't I climb Mount Massive or Mount Harvard and claim I've climbed the highest peak in Colorado? What does a few feet matter?

You are right, it doesn't matter unless you are keeping track of it. Since I know the coldest I've camped in for each month (see below), it's nice to round off to the nearest degree (I agree that 0.1 would be overkill-that's just what digi's read), rather than nearest five degrees or so.

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If you aren't keeping track of it, then it really doesn't matter. The original post asked for an "accurate reading down to about minus 15", so I assume that could within a degree and he or she is interested in perhaps tracking it. As far as zipper gages go, some aren't very accurate at all.
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