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Using a thermometer for hypothermia diagnosis in backcountry?

Diagnosing hypothermia requires a special thermometer, as most over-the-counter thermometers are not accurate below 34.4 °C (93.9 °F). Additionally, local body temperature variations means you need to ...
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Using a thermometer for hypothermia diagnosis in backcountry?

This is a great question. There are many different kinds of measuring body temperature, from oral/anal digitals, temporal/infrared digitals, glass, strips, non-contact infrared, and ear thermometers. ...
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How to make my kayak Eskimo roll reliable in rough water?

Summary: Develop muscle memory for the basic move through instruction and repetition, develop robustness against external water conditions, and address the internal panic response. Develop muscle ...
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Self-diagnosis of hypothermia onset

I've been in the early stages of hypothermia before, and I can tell you from experience that when you're in the early stages of hypothermia, you're convinced you're okay and that nothing is wrong; as ...
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How to make my kayak Eskimo roll reliable in rough water?

The most important factor is to have some slack in your roll. If you're only just coming up in flat water you're not going to be coming up as soon as there's an additional factor against you. Make ...
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What are the options for kayak self-rescue without a paddle float?

If you are confident and not out of breath, reattach the skirt before the roll after upside-down re-entry (re-entry and roll mentioned above). It takes a lot of effort and maybe a nose plug. But if ...
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Self-diagnosis of hypothermia onset

Disclaimer: Despite a comment I made earlier about how I too would like to hear about ways to test for hypothermia, I should stress that relying on this could be potentially dangerous and should be a ...
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Self-diagnosis of hypothermia onset

It's reasonable to identify stages up to the start of shivering. But shortly after that judgement goes out the window. If you are traveling in a group, set up a buddy system. Each person has a ...
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Purchasing a sit-on-top kayak

There's no reason why a boat of this type could not be used for short expedition type trips, assuming you stay within the capabilities of the boat and paddler. As boats of this type don't usually ...
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Using a thermometer for hypothermia diagnosis in backcountry?

100% no. The best case scenario your going to get is an anal thermometer. You have to be pretty high up in management to use one of those on your self properly. Oral, infrared, or "stick on" ...
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What are the options for kayak self-rescue without a paddle float?

One more piece of gear worth considering, if you plan to do solo trips or group trips in conditions that might separate the group, are inflatable sponsons—-long narrow inflatable tubes stowed ...
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How do I make and test a radar-reflecting hat?

Your question implies that having a radar reflecting hat is somehow going to prevent you getting hit by a large ship that is using radar. This is at best wishful thinking. In most cases human powered ...
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How do I make and test a radar-reflecting hat?

It's a very good question. I found an article that has some suggestions: Finally, it is important to consider your visibility on radar and at night. The best way to ensure that you are seen on ...
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How do I make and test a radar-reflecting hat?

Here is a suggestion, though somewhat wacky is perhaps more realistic than the "hat" idea. The page Sailing Safety Secrets - Are You 'Radar Visible' to Ships at Sea? says that the reflector should be ...
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Self-diagnosis of hypothermia onset

One simple check that I have used is to touch your thumb to your other fingers. If you can no longer touch your thumb to your pinkie finger (which usually is utterly trivial when warm) and if it is ...
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Purchasing a sit-on-top kayak

Just wanted to second the comments above about keeping your gear dry. If it’s within your budget, good-quality drybags will be good for this and all future adventures. But extra-large ziplock bags, ...
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