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It become my rough-boo, where i just paint all rubbish on it… and of coz, i m using recycle paper. After the damage, i will keep those pages which i think its useful to me, and discard the rest. Supply for this notebook is endless… just pop by any office, and ask them to donate some recycle paper to you, and this book just keep going.

Desert Clothing
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When I heard it was going to be 87° Fahrenheit in Anza-Borrego Desert, I planned an impromptu trip to test out my desert hiking clothing. I assembled several pieces of clothing based on some internet searches.

I initially looked to the Persian Gulf states to see what they wore. The Qatari Guy and Mr Q had some helpful advice (Qtips) on Qatari Men’s National Dress and Five Ways to Wear Your Ghitra. Mishal Al-Khodair has a great demonstration on How To Wear A Gutra. The thobe seemed like it would be too long and awkward for desert hiking where you may need to scramble over boulders so I opted from something a little shorter. In India, Pakistan and Afghanistan it is called a Kurta. Under the Kurta I wear white men’s cotton pants. Both of these items were available from EastEssence in the United States.

Kurta: ME300-White, size medium
Pants: PTM8-White, size large (order one size larger, for the pants, as they run small and ignore the sizing chart that is completely inaccurate and generic).

The headdress was a little more complicated. I ordered a generic three-piece arab head set from Zarinas. The kufi (white cotton hat worn directly on hair or scalp) and gutra (white cloth) were great but the agal (black rope) came in extra large and was way too big for my small head. I ended up ordering the proper size agal online from Desertstore but the shipping was outrageous as it comes from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, I broke down and paid for the shipping that was as much as the item itself.

I wore my regular New Balance Minimus hiking shoes, nylon liner socks and Darn Tough No-Show light running socks.

If this get-up seems a little extreme, you can always opt for just the white cotton pants and a Badger Sportswear Men’s B-Dry Long Sleeve Tee, White, Medium.

This system of clothing works in our dry desert climate because it is loose, allows air to circulate and retains moisture, slowing dehydration.

The headdress can be worn in different configurations. It consists of multiple thin layers when folded over, catches the air for air movement around your head and shields your shoulders from direct sun. The following excerpt helped me to understand this better.

Hold up two pieces of cloth in front of the sun, one black and one white, and see for yourself which passes more light. Dark cloth can be very thin and still block light effectively. Re-emission of energy from darker colors may be a little faster but I think other factors (see below) are much more significant. And don’t kid yourself into thinking people in older cultures wear dumb clothing and somehow don’t know any better. It tends to be the other way around: they wear what works and that gets incorporated into the culture.

Airflow and ambient humidity are the key concerns here, more than color. Cotton and linen are advantageous in the desert but not in the tropics because they retain moisture, slowing water transport away from the body and therefore slowing dehydration. You’ll see outdoor workers in the desert US routinely wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants in summer because the low humidity allows their sweat to cool them effectively even through all that fabric. The same workers in Hawaii or Florida can’t do that.

The most important consideration is fabric mobility. Europeans tend to wear form-fitting garments that are wrapped around the body and don’t move much, like shirt, pants, and hat. This traps hot air next to the body. Also, any fabric that’s exposed to direct sunlight and touching your skin offers a heat-conduction path from sun to body. Head, shoulders, and hips tend to be hot spots. If the fabric isn’t cooled by air circulation, reflecting sunlight away with pale colors is the only option but it doesn’t really help much.

Desert-dwellers wear loose, hood-like head coverings (eg shemagh) and a flowing open-weave tent covering the rest. The only area of cloth directly exposed to sunlight that remains in constant contact with the body is the headband supporting the head/neck skirt. The head-skirt drapes over the shoulders and moves around so the robe covering the shoulders is not getting direct sunlight. The coolest attire (in more ways than one) would probably be a flowing, loosely-woven black linen hand-carried umbrella that reached almost to the ground: good air circulation, good shade, and no direct heat conduction. The burqa worn by women in some Islamic cultures approaches this.

Unfortunately, desert robes are not fashionable in North America, especially in the recent past. The best compromise that doesn’t look too weird is probably a broad-brimmed hat with neck/shoulder skirt (skirt is key), over-sized long-sleeved shirt, and loose, flowing long pants. Sandals with socks are a fashion faux pas but great for keeping your feet cool and sun-protected. Less noticeable if your socks are the same color as the sandals. Finger-less gloves or garden gloves (like Foxgloves) are great for driving. Remember, this only works where humidity is very low.*

* Mojavean (edited by Charlie Brumbaugh). 2015. "Are dark or bright clothings preferable in the desert?" The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange. INTERNET QUESTION AND ANSWER SITE 2017-04-23. outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/5224/are-dark-or-bri…

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