May 22, 2012

Need to stay warm in the woods?

Sometimes a news story comes along that is just perfect as is. This is one such story.

Urine is of little relief to hikers
Lost Floridians try novel but ineffective way to stay warm in Adirondacks
It's not in any survival manual, but a group of lost hikers in the Adirondacks [a range of mountains in New York] during a rainy overnight last week tried to fend off the cold by using the only warm water they had — their urine. 
The five hikers, all from Miami, got lost May 3 in the High Peaks during a day hike . . . according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation
As it grew dark, temperatures dipped into the 40s and rain began falling. The group tried to keep warm by urinating on each other, they told rescuers. The technique is not a standard survival technique and apparently provided limited relief. 
No information was immediately available from the DEC as to what kind of clothing or foul-weather gear the group had . . .
But after their rescue, they were all wearing foul-smelling gear. (Shazam!)

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