Avoiding Hypothermia

Avoiding Hypothermia

Some practical steps to avoid getting hypothermia in the first place

Practical Steps to Avoid Hypothermia

In particular, focus on the following

  • Carry appropriate equipment for the likely weather conditions, remembering that temperature drops between one and two degrees Celsius for every 1,000ft of ascent and the wind is stronger at higher levels, with the potential to lead to on exposed skin wind chill

  • Stay dry - wet clothing next to your skin means you lose heat 25 times quicker than having dry clothing

  • Ensure that other members of the group are adequately equipped and understand the basic symptoms of hypothermia so that they can recognise such in themselves and others

  • Carry emergency rations and a storm shelter, sufficient in size of quantity to house the whole group

  • Everyone in the party should also carry their own personal survival bag in case they become separated from the main party

  • Regularly check on the wellbeing of the group and speak to people to ensure they understand and are not exhibiting some of the non-physical symptoms of hypothermia. Encourage others to look for symptoms in their group colleagues.

  • Keep moving. Muscles at work generate heat but muscles at rest do not

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