Saturday, January 5, 2008

Survival Quiz

Answers are at the bottom.
1. If you want your feet to stay warm, wear a hat. True or False
2. Never ration water, especially in the desert during summer. True or False
3. Water should be boil for 20 minutes to be certain all bacteria and viruses are killed. True or False
4. If you are experiencing wither heat cramps or heat exhaustion, drinking lots of water should restore you back to normal. True or False
5. Drinking 3 to 4 quarts of water per day is generally sufficient to maintain normal hydration levels while hiking in hot climates. True or False


Answers


1. True Feet get cold due to a lack of warm blood flowing to that region of the body. A primary reason for feet to get cold is excessive heat loss from an unprotected head.

2. True. Water in your Camelbak does you no good. Never ration your water.

3. False. One to three minutes is sufficient.

4. False. Salt depletion is the key factor here.

5. False. To maintain sufficient hydration levels you need more than a gallon of water. The key word here is sufficient. You can still hike, but you will be somewhat dehydrated. Many people are dehydrated during their normal day. Being slightly dehydrated is not life threatening.