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I've had trouble finding kayaking gloves with adequate grip on my paddle (unless they grip too much to rotate the shaft in my left hand). So you may have trouble. However I'm looking for warmth and it doesn't sound like you are. Cheap cycling gloves with suede-like palms have good grip in the wet. Unfortunately they usually have padding - either foam, which ...


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placed a hand in front of himself and the horses stopped! Brave and perhaps foolish. Horses (especially dominant males) will charge a perceived threat, and they are big. They know how to protect themselves and their band. I suspect that these were domesticated and chose to submit to a commanding human gesture. what to do in such a situation? Horses are ...


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To add to Charlie's answer, a big mistake would be to hold it improperly. Specifically, if you hold the bottom of the Gri Gri you can actually prevent the auto-braking to engage. And especially when a climber falls and the belayer panics!


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I've fallen into the water where these people unfortunately died. In almost 40 years I have never been in as much pain as when that happened. The water is sub 45F (~7C) or even colder. Exposure will kill you in minutes from hypothermia. These people didn't drown, they froze to death. Two of the tourists’ bodies were found floating in the water, ...


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Something not widely understood yet of critical importance is the cold water shock phenomenon. Cold-water shock is the first stage of the sudden and unexpected immersion in water which temperature is of 15 °C or lower and occurs during the first minute of exposure. Cold-water shock likely causes more deaths than hypothermia. ... The reactions of ...


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Without witnessing or knowing anything about what really happened, it is a 100% safe bet to claim that these three people didn't drown. They certainly, without any doubt, died from hypothermia (in particular the one whose body was not found in the water but on an ice floe). That being said, a life vest makes it easier to keep your head above the surface, ...


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There are a multitude of ways to die in open water while wearing a life vest. It is contingent upon a variety of scenarios whether you survive and the best scenario assumes that the person overboard is in reasonably good health, not intoxicated and doesn't panic. As well, it also assumes that the water is as close to 98.7 degrees as possible, as this is ...


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PFDs come in various flavours: The best ones have sufficient floatation around the neck, and enough more flotation on the front compared to the back, than an unconscious victim is naturally rotated onto his back with is face out of the water. The classic design is the "Key hole" design. This is what you find in the lockers on ferries and passsenger ships. ...


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In the specific case you mention, both the NY Post and Deutsche Welle say that the cause of death is still being investigated, and both of them point out the low water temperature (the victims were kayaking in a glacier lake). DW mentions that they were not wearing any protection against cold water. At the time of writing, hypothermia seems more likely than ...


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Life jackets do not make one drownproof, just increase your odds significantly. Our data also show that over 80% of drowning victims were NOT wearing life jackets when found. We know from other data that most of those victims could have been saved had they been wearing a life jacket before the mishap occurred. But, you ask, what happened to the ...


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