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A guy who is into a little bit of everything...music (listening and making it), photography, DIY, technology, the outdoors (hiking, backpacking, climbing...), and trying to live by grace through faith. I also currently work at a high adventure camp in the Southeast where I also do a little bit of everything...


Mar
12
comment How can you navigate / determine your location in thick fog?
This isn't a very reliable way to determine direction actually. It's usually, sometimes true, but not always. I suppose if I had absolutely no other way to determine direction, then I would use this method.
Mar
12
comment Is it ever safe to let a hypothermic person sleep?
+1 As you say, a big part of determining the severity of the hypothermia, if it's improving or worsening, is assessing the patient's mental state, which isn't possible if they are sleeping.
Mar
12
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@OlinLathrop - I'm with you that this severe case would take medical treatment beyond what's possible in the backcountry. If a person is this bad that the extremities have no blood flow (the vasoconstriction in the article), then would it not be the case that the body-to-body contact isn't going to be enough heat to actually cause the blood to return to the core anyway?If anything at all, it will just keep them from cooling even more. And maybe it's just semantics, but if the person is still able to swallow liquids without choking, then I would consider them more "moderate" than "severe."
Mar
12
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
Well I think part of the point of the article is that the severely hypothermic person is so vasoconstricted that this probably wouldn't happen just from the skin-to-skin heat transfer, because it's just not enough heat to really warm them up. This is a valid concern though, and I'm not sure about the extremities. Normal treatment methods call for hot water bottles under armpits and at the groin to heat directly near the main blood supply, so it seems that would also cause blood to pump back from the extremities. Anyone else care to weigh in on this?
Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
According to that article from NOLS I referenced, skin-to-skin contact is the only way to get any real chance of heat transferred to the patient. Care should certainly be taken, but you'd want to achieve as much surface area contact as possible. Are you asking about the possibility of toxins harming you or the patient?
Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@ChrisCarr - By the way, welcome to The Great Outdoors SE!
Mar
11
comment How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
Oh yeah about the foot powders for odor control...I don't recommend it. It eventually accumulates in the shoes and kind of makes this combined, congealed conglomeration of sweat, dirt, skin cells, and foot powder that feels really nasty.
Mar
11
comment How should I treat hypothermia?
This is the proper link. Sorry, didn't know the link was busted. And @Greg.Ley I'm with you. This old practice needs to go.
Mar
11
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
@OlinLathrop - My training taught not to give any food or liquids to a severely hypothermic person as it can cause other problems, like a blocked airway. But giving food and liquid to a person with mild to moderate hypothermia was recommended to help supply the calories for them to generate heat on their own.
Mar
10
comment Can body-to-body rewarming be used as a last resort treatment of hypothermia?
What stage of hypothermia? The answer would differ between 1st stage vs severe hypothermia.
Feb
27
comment Things to keep away from climbing ropes
@DavidR - Thanks. There was another online resource that was more all-encompassing that I've referenced before when I had to train some people on rope, but I couldn't remember where it is. If I find it I'll edit this to be a little more concise. It really covers all the same stuff though.
Feb
27
comment Do bag liners add the same warmth value to all sleeping bags?
I don't think it's reasonable to trust that a liner would actually add the claimed 15° (or other number) to any sleeping bag no matter the bag's temperature rating, even though I know they do add some insulation. I'd maybe count on getting about half of what is put on the label. Liners to me are more about preserving the insulation in the bag itself so that it stays cleaner longer and thus maintains its insulating capacity longer.
Feb
27
comment Do bag liners add the same warmth value to all sleeping bags?
I think this makes sense. Thermodynamics is the same backpacking or not. However I wish we had a way to confirm this by testing. The real question to me though is does it truly provide the indicated 15° boost. My guess is that figure is more marketing than real R-value.
Feb
22
comment How to find a secluded cabin to rent
I'm thinking the folks at the Travel Answers SE might possibly be better able to answer this question. As it stands it's ambiguous enough to maybe fit here, but certainly leans towards 'travel' over 'great outdoors'. That's my two cents anyway.
Feb
12
comment How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
Just a word of caution from experience: drying wet, leather climbing (or other) shoes with heat will cause the leather to shrink some. So unless you want a smaller size, I recommend just using the fan or other air movement.
Feb
12
comment Good “real” fridge for car camping
Shopping question?
Feb
12
comment How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
Coffee beans will also do the same thing.
Feb
12
comment Advantages to hammock camping on multi-night trips
@JustinC - I edited it so hopefully this is better.
Feb
12
comment How to Clean Rock-Climbing Shoes
Define clean: just get rid of the smell, or also get rid of all the dirt and grime accompanying the odor?
Feb
10
comment Advantages to hammock camping on multi-night trips
@JustinC - Great point. My goal was to try to create a question that would create a comprehensive summary of the pros of a hammock versus a tent, the converse of the question about the downsides. I could provide a specific season or scenario, but then it seems there would need to be a question for each season, etc. Regardless, it seems that some type of documenting of the advantages of hammocks would be useful to those who are either new to it or considering it. I think there is a definitive answer to this if I just figure out how to ask it the right way.