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Jan
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comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
It's an indisputable, biological fact that your skin does not lose heat evenly. You lose heat when there's a lot of blood near the surface of your skin. Therefore, areas with lots of blood vessels near the skin will lose heat faster than areas where they are buried deeper. It's not a debate or my opinion, it's science.
Jan
30
revised If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
removed code markup from "Get busy making your camp" and bolded instead
Jan
29
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
Yes, heat loss can occur from anywhere, but the question asks where it goes the fastest.
Jan
29
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
I really don't understand why I'm being down-voted...
Jan
29
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
Alright, I kind of feel like giving up at this point since I'm getting so trashed for it, but "heat is lost through the skin uniformly" is not true. The OP's question indicates that they know this, and are asking where it's lost the fastest -- but all of the answers neglect this.
Jan
29
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
Yep! Also, the skull has thin skin and a high concentration of blood vessels near the skin, allowing blood to cool off much more quickly. This is also why people tend to be much more worried when they get a cut on their head than they do when they get a cut elsewhere on their body. The potential for bleeding out quickly is much higher.
Jan
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comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
My source for this is mostly my father, who is a doctor. Also, the "head" claim is backed up by my friends who go running in the winter in shorts and a t-shirt: they put on a hat and gloves and those are enough to keep their entire body warm. While the head may be generally over emphasized in thermal regulation, it's still a very important source of heat loss. It's dangerous to have someone who just read the wikipedia page on thermoregulation proselytizing about the "wrong" ways to stay warm
Jan
29
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
This addresses heat loss in general, but doesn't really answer the OP's question directly -- what parts of the body to concentrate on warming.
Jan
29
answered What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
Jan
28
answered What is the best rope to have in a survival situation?
Jan
27
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Jan
26
comment How can I start a fire by rubbing two sticks together?
I admit my answer is a bit cheeky. But if a friend came to me asking how to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together, this is what I'd tell them. It's one of those "woah, I can't believe he did that!" novelty camping tricks, not something that should actually be relied on.
Jan
26
comment What causes an avalanche and can I predict one?
+1 fantastic answer.
Jan
26
revised What is the best material to make an outdoor shelter roof out of?
added point that it varies by location
Jan
25
comment Where can I find if a fixed blade knives is legal to carry around in a given country?
I'd say that most "Is is legal" questions will be too vague and/or too localized for the community, as a general rule. Other thoughts?
Jan
25
comment When stranded at sea, should I not ask for a tow?
+1 for trying to keep the site on-topic, especially in private beta
Jan
25
answered How can I start a fire by rubbing two sticks together?
Jan
25
comment What are essential items in an emergency kit?
I like your approach of having a small pack that you carry with you more often, but no solution is perfect. There's always a chance you could drop the small pack off a cliff or have an animal go through it while you're sleeping. It seems like our main differences are the pot and sleeping bag, which sacrifice some basic survival needs for more convenience. If you're well trained, you might not need them, but I'd always err on the side of carrying more, since you never know what you'll need.
Jan
25
comment What are essential items in an emergency kit?
If you've received an answer that satisfies your question, it would be great if you'd click the check mark next to it :)