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4 Hour Hypothermia & Emergency Prep Class

Lewis and Clark State Park Directions

If you hike, work outside or spend time in the outdoors you MUST understand hypothermia.

This may be our most fun class yet and it's the perfect class for new members, or those who want a fun and comprehensive look at hypothermia and emergency prep.

I will be immersing myself in the Sandy River, clothes, pack, and all, for as long as I can stand it. Hopefully up to 5 minutes. I'll then, with shivery hands, rewarm myself using the survival skills I've been teaching throughout this year.

(No members will be going in the water, just me.)

We'll talk about surviving immersion in cold water and dealing with phenomena like "The cold shock response," and noticing the often insidious slow onset hypothermia and managing it in yourself and a group.

This will be an interactive class about dealing with hypothermia in a survival situation. We'll also run a simulation used in EMT and Wilderness Medical Trainings. And there's always a few surprises.

We'll cover:

Immersion, Sub Acute, & Chronic Hypothermia

Signs, Symptoms, & Treatment of Hypothermia

Building a Hypothermia Wrap

Basic Emergency Response

Controlling Fear in the Mind

Expanding Rigid Comfort Zones

Cold Water Survival

Building Life Saving Fire

Making a Shelter and Fire Reflector in Minutes

Clothing: Your First Shelter

The Complex Psychology of Survival & The Mental Game of Survival

Survival Leadership & Emergency Mindset

Dress warmly but bring what you would on a regular day hike. Members may observe or participate as much as they like.

Clothing: Rain gear, boots and wool socks, several layers, hat, & gloves.

If it's raining I'll put up a big tarp so we're not all standing around in the rain.


Be careful about using GPS. It usually leads people past the Lewis & Clark parking lot.

We'll meet in the Lewis and Clark parking lot at 10:00 am then do a quick shuttle down to the Sandy River.

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  • Deborah

    Loved it!

    February 11, 2013

  • Lynne

    great job, alex

    February 11, 2013

  • Christi

    Today I witnessed the initial stages of someone getting hypothermia, and it was intense. Our fearless leader Alex emerged himself in the 45 degree waters of the Columbia River for over 6 minutes. When he crawled out and was shivering madly, I felt a little nervous. I must admit that the night before I had scared myself silly reading all the hypothermia stories online, so I was already spooked. But I should have known there was nothing to worry about since Alex is a pro, and he assured me he had practiced this maneuver many times in the past. In fact, he soldiered on through the “umbles” and basically showed us how to save a life. I hope I don’t ever have to go through this in my lifetime, but I do feel more confident about dealing with this dangerous situation in the future.

    And, of course, it was wonderful hanging out with a bunch of super cool, supportive people!

    So all and all it was intense, hands-on fun, I used my new Mora, and my inner safety nerd is thankful.

    February 10, 2013

  • Marcella T.

    As good as a N.O.L.S. training I had last year! I thought it was great to see Alex actually deal with the trauma of exposure & drive home how much time is afforded why keeping a level head during the event as part of prevention of further risk. Way to keep your cool Alex ;)

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's my number for tomorrow. [masked]-1568. Remember to look at the directions and don't let GPS take you past the State Park Parking Lot.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Natasha and others, I'm happy to pick people up along the way from my home in Garden Home neighborhood of SW Portland, near the Lamb's Thriftway or up in Raleigh Hills, etc.

    February 5, 2013

    • Natasha

      I would love to carpool with you tomorrow. Please let me know when & where to meet up with you.

      February 9, 2013

    • Natasha

      [masked] Thanks!

      February 9, 2013

  • Chris

    I'd love to go, sadly I work weekends :(

    February 5, 2013

  • Deborah

    I'm in NW near 23rd and Burnside. How far into Beaverton are you? I'm willing to carpool - I have a wagon...

    February 5, 2013

  • Natasha

    Is there anyone attending from the Westside - Beaverton area who would like to carpool?

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unexpected family visit! Sad to miss this one...

    January 29, 2013

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Additional notes: To be refunded participants must cancel before Friday, February 8th at 8pm. Thank you.

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