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[at-l] Re: Cotton

You know, this is a perfect example of a post that should never be made by
email.  It's going to come across as flippant, which is the last thing I
wanted it to be.  My actual mood was much more of a dark/tired/sad sort of
thing, which the whole cotton issue kind of fell into.  Unfortunately, mood
and inflection don't come across in email posts.

My apologies, particularly to anyone who as lost a friend or family member
to hypothermia.

-- Jim

----- 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