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[at-l] Re: Cotton



Cotton didn't kill Jack and Jill, in this instance Jack and Jill died
because they were not prepared. There was a time when cotton was the hot
weather material of choice. You just needed to be prepared. Cotton doesn't
kill being unprepared can kill.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Mayer" <jmayer@rochester.rr.com>
To: <tjfort@netdoor.com>; "kahley" <kahley7@ptd.net>
Cc: <at-l@backcountry.net>
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: [at-l] Re: Cotton


> A surpisingly large number of backcountry deaths happen like this:
>
> (1) Jack and Jill decide to go up a hill.
> (2) It's a beautiful day: sunny and 80 degrees out.  Jack and Jill wear
> jeans and a cotton T-shirt.  Maybe they pack a sweatshirt in case it gets
> cold.
> (3) Off they go.
> (4) Halfway up the mountain the weather changes suddenly (that happens all
> the time in the mountains).  One minute it is sunny and warm, the next
> minute the temperature is 45-50 degrees and raining.
> (5) Jack and Jill's jeans clothes get wet.  The cotton fibers soak up the
> water, get terribly heavy, and lose all of their insulating capability.
> (6) Jack and Jill start shivering.
> (7) Jack and Jill get hypothermia (people used to call this "exposure").
> (8) Jack and Jill die on the hill, of cotton soaked in water.
>
> So... cotton kills.
>
> -- Jim
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "t." <tjfort@netdoor.com>
> To: "kahley" <kahley7@ptd.net>
> Cc: <at-l@backcountry.net>
> Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 10:59 AM
> Subject: [at-l] Re: Cotton
>
>
> > kahley wrote:
> > >
> > > For us to keep quiet about it is the same as not telling people that
> cotton
> > > kills.
> >
> > How's this??  this is the 1st I've heard of this.
> >
> > BoWeavils kill cotton!
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