I am not much used to Camping in Cold areas. But I have been told by hikers that Hypothermia is something that I should be very careful of. Since childhood, it has been like, I don't catch cold very often, but in windy places when the air is cold, I feel my hands get numb, and legs shiver a bit.
Having said this, I am going for a hike in cold, not snowy though, I am a little worried about Hypothermia. When struck by Hypothermia, one has to remain awake. And, sleeping actually make your body warmer. Can a dip in the hot-water help for that matter? Is the Body-Heat (obviously from someone else) a good option? Or will that freeze my guy, like me?

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    Prevention is better than cure. Take some chemical packs for your hands. Even something as simple as wearing light gloves under mittens and flexing and rubbing your hands will help a lot. If your legs shiver, consider wearing tights under your trousers. As for treating: Let's assume you are shivering and conscious -- i.e., not in an advanced state of hypothermia: (1) Warm is better than very hot: Warm tea, not scalding hot tea; a warm bath, not a hot bath. Easily digested food is good. (2) No, you will not freeze someone attempting to warm you.
    – ab2
    Dec 24, 2015 at 19:35
  • Not enough for an answer but in severe hypothermia where you cannot get to a Dr pitch a tent get two in sleeping bag and bare chest to chest. You need to get the internal organs warm so they can deal with cleaning up the blood as the extremities thaw out.
    – paparazzo
    Nov 22, 2016 at 15:53

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You actually don't need to go outdoors to get struck by Hypothermia. But you can suffer from it on a trek where you don't have a proper campsite, camping equipment, or good clothing and bedding.

From http://www.globalaging.org/health/us/hypothermia.htm

The most important step in treating hypothermia is to make and then keep a person warm and dry. He/she must be seen by a doctor who knows about the condition and who is located in a well-equipped hospital emergency room. Once you get to an Hospital facility, they can keep you warm from outside and or inside, they can give you some Body-Warming fluid through an I.V or Injections.

Maybe until you get to the Hospital, someone else's body heat may help, but will that be enough? And, will he be warm enough? Can't say!

More from http://www.globalaging.org/health/us/hypothermia.htm

If you suspect that a person has hypothermia and emergency help is not available right away, move the person to a warmer location, if possible, and wrap him or her in a warm blanket to stop further heat loss. You can also use your own body heat to keep the person warm. Lie close to the victim, but be gentle and do not handle the person roughly. Rubbing the person's arms and legs, as many rescuers are tempted to do, can make the problem worse.

Chances for recovery depend on how long a person was exposed to the cold and his/her general health. If body temperature has not dropped below 90° F (32.2° C), chances for a total recovery are usually good. If body temperature has fallen to between 80° F (26.6° C) and 90° F (32.2° C), most people will recover, but some lasting damage is likely. If the temperature goes under 80° F (26.6° C), most victims will not survive.

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    I am not exactly sure where your quoted text came from. I found those sentence word for word on many other sites. Most of them cite the National Institute on Aging as the source but without links. I chose this link - if you found it elsewhere feel free to update Jul 15, 2013 at 12:27
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    @KateGregory: Yes, it indeed belongs to a website, but not to the one you linked. Doesn't really matter though. I have this database kind of a thing stored in my hard-drive, and I go through it and Use it whenever needed. for that matter, is it copied from some site? Yes it is.
    – WedaPashi
    Jul 15, 2013 at 12:42

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