By DR PIERS PAGE, Medical Director of Lowland Rescue (www. lowlandrescue.org) “Hypothermia is a reduction in the body’s core temperature, usually due to environmental influences and an inability for the body to create enough heat to replace what’s being lost.
“The best ways to stave it off are layering, staying dry, eating well and staying hydrated, which are all explained elsewhere on these pages. But if you think someone you’re with might be suffering from hypothermia, as well as persistent shivering, look out for the umbles… Grumble – complaining or becoming argumentative Fumble – Hand/eye co-ordination deteriorates Mumble – Muttering and speaking incoherently Stumble – Tripping over without obvious reason Tumble – Falling without obvious reason “If any of these are happening, take immediate action. Stop, make them as warm and as dry and as well-fed as possible, and if the symptoms persist, call Mountain or Lowland Rescue (dial 999 and ask for Police, who will transfer the call for advice – or rescue if necessary).”