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Forum Post: Hypothermia Advice

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 3, 2011, 5:51 p.m. EST by Boletus (125)
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For the folks on the ground in NY and other Occupations

Hypothermia is going to be an increasing challenge. As one who has done much winter camping, I offer some advice. Each human body produces around 100 watts of heat on a continual basis (more during activity, less during rest).

While on extended cold weather trips, we would sometimes need to huddle in a sort of group hug, particularly to warm individuals that had become dangerously cold. This is not a sexual activity AT ALL. There is no groping, and giggling like teenagers is not encouraged. It is a serious life-saving technique for extreme cold.

If an individual starts to become confused, incoherent (more than usual), shivers uncontrollably, or starts to act like it is hot outside, IMMEDIATELY bring them to a warming station under a tarp and surround them with warm bodies. Warm people should take off their outer layers so the cold person gets more heat. General warming stations are good too, where folks that are just cold can get together and warm up.

This can accomplish 2 things: 1.) It can save lives and provide needed comfort, and 2.) It can show the world that is watching how people can work together to protect each other, without being depraved animals or acting like overly-hormonal children.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your courage and sacrifice..



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[-] 1 points by Boletus (125) 12 years ago

Wool and advanced poly fiber, e.g. polarguard, hollowfill, provide some warmth even when wet. I like wool, personally. Wet cotton is probably worse than naked and dry. Down is great until it gets wet, at which point it is almost useless. Metal jewelry/watches in contact with skin are not advised. Pay attention to zippers, try not to stack them. Lots of heat is emitted through the head; if your feet are cold put on a hat, even in bed. The wind is not your friend in this situation.

[-] 1 points by RantCasey (782) from Saginaw, MI 12 years ago

I was a marine for eight years and have done sum cold weather training. Plus I have dun sum winter hiking. At night when u are sleeping I would get mats or newspaper or what not to create a barrier between you and the ground. Good sleeping bags will do wonders too. If u have one. I take off all tight fittin clothing inside and allow my body to heat the inside you don't want to restrict blood flow. Plus sleeping in groups help sleep tightly. And be careful just cuz there isn't snow on the ground don't mean u can't get hypothermia now. And maybe if u look around u can get sum heat in the location Wall st is burning the bill of rights and constitution.

[-] 1 points by Boletus (125) 12 years ago

Excellent tips RantCasey. Thanks for pitching in.

[-] 1 points by Boletus (125) 12 years ago

I for got #3.) The strength of the group bond grows exponentially. Also, participation is voluntary, of course. And for extreme cases (unresponsive or out of control) of hypothermia, seek help immediately.

Please submit this to the next General Assembly for consideration. Thanks.