January 1993
Alaska River Guide (9780882404974);1993, p37
The article presents a couple of tips for avoiding hypothermia during river boating in Alaska. Hypothermia occurs when exposure to cold causes a person's body to lose heat faster than it can be replaced. The best way to avoid hypothermia is to dress warmly and stay dry. Wet clothes lose 90 percent of their insulating value. Other important strategies are to drink lots of fluids and to eat high-energy snacks and meals throughout the day. If one suspects that someone has hypothermia, immediately get the person out of wet clothing and into dry clothes and a sleeping bag.


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