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Many people think of hypothermia as something that is married to winter time. Well, really, it has nothing to do with seasons.
That said, you have to work very hard to get hypothermic in the summer but its possible. Instead, hypothermia is the point when your bodies core temperature drops below 95 degrees.
Its one of the more common ways that people die in wilderness survival situations. Its important to know that you can fall victim to hypothermia in the fall, winter or spring. If you dont have shelter and you cannot warm yourself hypothermia could become an issue.
Here are three things to consider when preparing to stay warm in spring and avoiding hypothermia.
The fact that water or even snow can fall from the sky in buckets, is a big deal. A cool dry night is very different than a cool wet night. This is because your body loses heat much more rapidly in this type of an environment.
No matter what is coming from the sky, you need options to put a barrier between it and you. This could come in the form of high quality rain gear or a quick up shelter made from a waterproof tarp. Anything that gets you out of that precipitation is whats necessary.
Insulative clothing in the spring can be very imporant. Particularly when you are overnighting. Absorbent and insulative fibers, like wool, are the best. This is going to keep you dry when you are sweating and hold heat if it does get moist.
A quality sleeping bag or bivvy will also help you keep more of that heat that your body produces.
Fire in the spring can be a real challenge. Moving from the cold of winter to the wet spring often means your tinder sources are wet or damp. You might need to help them along. Its a good time to bring multiple sources of fire and combustion.
Most importantly bring some, long burning fire starters, gels, compressed materials and the like. They will all be helpful.
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
If you can't afford the box culvert option you can look into is building a backyard root cellar that can be used as a bunker.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then check out Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.