That's cold. Be careful and bundle up! (I know you will.)
I was reading Facebook comments and it sounds like some people are very worried about getting lost on the marked route in the cold weather. At least that is one fear I do *not* have! I will carry the map and maybe even toss in a small compass since my phone will die at that temperature.
Don't forget that the phone only cares about its temperature, not this "windchill" temperature. And if you have the phone tucked into a pocket in some inner layer, it could take some minutes to cool down to whatever temperature at which it becomes unhappy even when you drag it out to find which way to go to escape back to civilization--just keep it on the leeward side of your body! I'm just as happy that the snowshoe race I'm in here in Ithaca this weekend is only 10K distance, though, and that we seem to be looking at much warmer temperatures somewhere around -20C, although with the winds they are predicting, in the few sections where we are out of the trees the windchill may be significant for a minute or two at a time. After the unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing for the last two or three weeks, a return to more normal winter temperatures for the last couple of days has definitely made them seem darned cold, and the wind certainly accentuates things. It has felt drastically colder on the bike ride into work each day (almost always a headwind in the winter) than going home, even though the actual thermometer readings were quite similar.
Thanks for the goggles tip. I may go that route testing my cold weather gear tomorrow - close to home so I can reserve the right to bail.
Eldersmith, I have no doubt that you would be tough enough to handle tomorrow's race - but I'm glad you have an alternative. My iPhone is not as tough as you, however. Last year it stopped working around -4C. It didn't die; it just flashed up a temperature warning and refused to do anything except allow a single emergency call. I've been wondering if that software has been changed since I haven't seen that message yet this year. It will now be -23C at the race start (-36C with wind chill) and I don't think my iPhone will be happy with that but we shall see!
Thanks! My phone turned itself off - not a fan of extreme cold.