FIGHT THE COLD

Backpacker - - SURVIVAL - BY KRISTA KARLSON

Know the signs.

Shiver­ing, clum­si­ness, and numb skin are early signs of hypothermia. When shiver­ing stops and stum­bling be­gins, things are se­ri­ous.

In­su­late.

Re­move wet clothes, add dry lay­ers, and get out of the wind. Wrap your­self in a sleep­ing bag or tarp with hot wa­ter bot­tles.

Get mov­ing.

Ex­er­cise to raise your core body tem­per­a­ture. (Stay away from rocks and ledges if clum­si­ness is se­vere.)

Feed the shiver.

Keep the fur­nace fu­eled with quick-burn­ing car­bo­hy­drates and warm drinks.

Stay alert.

Men­tal con­fu­sion and ap­a­thy are the most dan­ger­ous symp­toms of ad­vanced hypothermia. Warm­ing can take hours, so be pa­tient and keep fight­ing.

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