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bio website blog.hartleybrody.com
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Dec
12
comment Are Ice grips worth buying
I'd say definitely not appropriate for any type of hard floor surface (cement, hardwood, tile, etc). Slipping on and off is relatively easy, but you wouldn't be able to do it with one hand while holding groceries.
Feb
14
comment What are the most important indicators of an high-risk avalanche zone?
+1 for mentioning the social dynamics that turn a natural phenomenon into a killer.
Feb
5
comment How to get started skiing?
I'd say ice skating is more similar than rollerblading, since it teaches you how to use edges. I had a few years of hockey under my belt when I started learning how to ski and I picked it up very quickly. But both are great since they're less expensive ways to cross train and pick up the fundamentals.
Feb
5
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
+1 for straightforward, practical advice. Lots of answers on here seem to lean towards random and surprising (honey! spider webs!) but they're usually not actually practical or useful in a real world situation. Good to see things that are simple and straight to the point.
Feb
1
comment Backpacking or hiking in areas open to hunting
I almost always wear my neon orange Carhartt hat when I'm out. Orange is the color hunters usually wear (depending on prey) to avoid shooting each other, so I figure it's a good idea for other outdoorsmen as well.
Feb
1
comment How bad do circumstances need to be before activating a PLB?
The bill for a PLB-induced rescue operation can be in the thousands of dollars. If you're in enough danger that the price tag seems worth it, then you should probably feel comfortable pushing the button.
Jan
31
comment What do I need to be aware of if I'm considering purchasing a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)?
Good point, the United States.
Jan
30
comment How could I treat scrapes outdoors without a first aid kit?
I don't know about you guys but the thought of putting a spider's web -- and potentially its eggs! -- in an open wound seems a little terrifying to me. Sounds like the beginning of a bad horror movie.
Jan
30
comment Staying dry in severe weather
While I think the intent of the question is good, there are so many unknowns, it's hard to give good advice. What do you have on hand? What are the natural features that are available? Are you on a mountain or in low land? Are there trees or is it fairly open? Not that you need to answer all these, just trying to point out how the answer can vary wildly.
Jan
30
comment Staying dry in severe weather
The need to get to higher ground is debatable due to lightning danger.
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
This is interesting. Since I'm so invested in this answer, do you have a source with more info on what the image shows, how it was captured, etc.
Jan
30
comment What are areas of the body which lose heat more quickly, and how can I reduce that loss?
The head is one of the areas that loses heat most quickly. I'm not saying anything about whether it's most of your heat or half of your heat, or anything like that. Just that you should focus on keeping it warm. That's not a misconception. And yes, if you're wearing a warm wool hat and are totally naked underneath, then you'll lost most of your heat through your body instead. So yes, you'll lose heat through the areas that aren't protected. But the question is asking which areas are most important to protect, all else being equal.
Jan
30
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
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
29
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
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.