Winter Survival Pt.1

Hope you guys are having a good… 12 seconds into February!

Warning: None of the survival techniques in this article have any valid research and should NOT be used in actual survival. However if you are in a safe environment and would like to test and report on this I’d love to hear about the results. Do not share this information with friends or family without telling them that this is for comical thought, as you may inadvertently threaten their lives.

As is somewhat common knowledge, it is never good to over cover yourself for warmth while in a survival/hiking situation. Doing so will cause you to sweat and thus will definitely be a hazard to your life. The sweat freezes and can definitely injure and or kill you.

Another method of regulating your clothes and body temperature can be to over dress and then regulate your temperature by using your hands and head to act as a heat sink for the rest of your body. If done correctly your body will never overheat to the point of sweating but also in an emergency/accident you will already be bundled up and insulated from things such as an avalanche or… an avalanche…

To regulate ones temperature with these methods, one must carry a small bundle of snow in your hand just long enough to cool your hands without making them freezing cold. It takes some practice to do this consistently but once you master picking up some snow whenever your hands warm back up, you’ll have a constant cycle of cooling blood into your chest and heating blood into your hands. Also to further regulate your temperature if your hand cycling isn’t working is to occasionally rub your neck with your dampened hands. The evaporation of this water will cool your core very rapidly. This act replicates what your body does BY sweating. But puts it in a spot that doesn’t soak your clothes and is closely regulated by your logical mind as opposed to bodily reaction.

If neither of those techniques work in unison one can also take off any headwear and diffuse heat through that. However keep note that your ears ARE on your head and if they get cold you don’t want to risk losing them by keeping your hat off. If your hat is off, your hands are cool, your neck is wet and your ears are still warm. You can, as a last resort also dampen your hair. This furthers the replicated sweat technique to a somewhat more hazardous form but if done properly and logically can aid in ones over dressed temperature conditioning.

If conditions outside change for the worse however and you are still able to move your body, make sure to rub whatever dampness you can off your head and neck with your hat and stop cycling snow with your hands. If things get worse you may not have a chance to revert back to warm-ness and that can be dangerous.

In the end, this method should keep you able in harsh cold environments when other techniques would leave you vulnerable to cool down and not be able to warm up once you get your other layers on. Also because of the conditioning, your body will naturally regulate its heat to your hands and if you’re still warm when temperatures drop your hands will still have their nimble dexterity allowing you to better function in a more dangerous situation. At least for a while longer.

And to add:

Warning: None of the survival techniques in this article have any valid research and should NOT be used in actual survival. However if you are in a safe environment and would like to test and report on this I’d love to hear about the results. Do not share this information with friends or family without telling them that this is for comical thought, as you may inadvertently threaten their lives.

Because even though this is a goofy blog, I definitely don’t want to accidentally kill someone with fact less survival tips.

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~Gaian Helmers

anythingbutfact

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