Hypothermia Sucks

Hypothermia sucks! End of story.  It is even worse when you are stuck on the face of a mountain with absolutely no where to hide from the cold.  American Alpine Institute had a hypothermia post which was drawn from a NOLS hypothermia post. (AAI) (NOLS)

Apparently the best way to treat backcountry hypothermia to try to rig a hyporthermia burrito wrap made out of three sleeping bags, two sleeping pads and a tarp.  Picture below courtesy of NOLS:

Now I don’t know about you but I don’t carry that much stuff when I’m climbing.

If the shit hits the fan and I need to make an unplanned bivy in chilly weather this is what I do after I find a decent bivy site that is sheltered from the wind.  I set up my rope as a makeshift sleeping pad/seat, I put on every piece of clothing I brought, I put my feet inside my backpack straps into the snow and I focus on the saying, “it doesn’t have to be fun to be fun”.

I also usually climb with a Cilogear Worksack backpack which has a removable bivy pad.  I’m not sure why all backpacks don’t work in a bivy pad but I’m sure as hell glad the Graham at Cilogear figured it out.

BTW, if you are reading this Graham, your packs rock and I would be more than happy to be paid to say that!

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