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With winter comes the possibility of hypothermia. And with long immersion in water, even not-that-cool-water, comes the possibility of hypothermia (water conducts your heat away 25x faster than does dry air). And being damp in a sharp wind comes with the possibility of hypothermia. In fact, any time your core temperature drops by much, you’re hypothermic. Normal body temperature is 37 C (98.6 F); 35 C (95 F) and below is hypothermia.
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Having read hundreds if not thousands of articles on preparedness, one of the common themes that I see consistently among all authors on all platforms is the focus on skills. Certainly, the advantages are obvious; if you know how to make a fire, then you’re able to do it in the moment without having to break out your boy scout manual and fail multiple times in the moment. You can practice on your own time during a non-emergency, and learn everything there is to know about knots, cooking, preserving, growing. In the moment, you can’t ask an attacker to pause so you can quickly study up on your Tae Kwon Do, or ask the oncoming floods if they could recede for long enough for you to build an adequate barricade for your home.
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This new article is actually a re-post of one of the my old articles that I wrote almost 3 years ago. The guy that I wrote about in that article died few days ago, and that is the reason why I am re posting this. I use to knew him very well, the man that he became at the end was almost a stranger to me. He did not die shooting an AK47 at the politicians who once “pushed” him to war with their “infinite honor” and “our cause” stories, he did not wrote book about his experiences, he did not become hero. At his funeral there were 9 people, including guys who are paid to finish the job with shovels.
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You might love walking in the rain, but it doesn’t mean you enjoy being stuck in the rain while camping. If you are in a situation where you are camping out of necessity, getting caught unprepared for rain storms can lead to illness and many other problems.
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Today I sure am glad that I have gloves with Thinsulate! We had a snowstorm yesterday and temperatures are in the single digits! Working the snowblower, shoveling, and raking the roof of our ‘shelter logic’ all took several hours while out in the cold. Brrrrr… I am a well seasoned northerner and am prepared for most all things “cold” up here. In fact it’s quite a production to switch over all our gear when the seasons change.
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