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.
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.