Outdoor Survival tip: Avoiding Frostbite
Winter is here, everybody! Yup, the snow is not hiding anymore.
And here, at Clear Creek County, we love it when snowy season arrives! It’s the time to undust a little some gear, some snow clothing and hit the mountains! But prevention always comes first. It’s very important to be on top of weather forecasts and plan accordingly. And with some good planning and following these recommendations, you can enjoy a nice outdoor trip to enjoy the snow and come visit us!
Colorado is a snow state, and as such we learn to have our share of sun in the snow! Mile Hi Rafting Company, just 30 minutes from Denver, offers outdoor adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. We offer ATV and UTV tours and full overnight camping excursions; and help you plan your perfect outdoor day!
How to detect frostbite
Frostbite is the freezing of skin tissue. This is caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures and wind. The most common areas to get affected first are fingers, toes, ears and nose, since these are harder to keep warm. It’s important to check these areas and detect the symptoms. In the early stage of frostbite the skin hurts and turns red. Following that is Superficial Frostbite, when skin is now numb and turns white or grayish-yellow and feels soft. At this point, you should go indoors, to get warm and treat a possible frostbite. The area has to be treated with warm weather, not hot. It should take from 20 to 45 minutes to rewarm again and regain sensitivity. Protect the area and always seek for medical attention Deep skin frostbite can be very dangerous so it’s paramount to be precautious and follow some good advice to prevent this from ruining your vacations!
Preventing and avoiding frostbite
- Prevention – Check Weather. Always check weather forecasts and look for warnings for cold temperatures and possible storms. Check with the local authorities too as they surely know the area well. Winter weather is quite unpredictable so always be extra-prepared. Even though you might be spending a day out, only until the afternoon, take clothes and gear as if you were going to stay for the night as an unexpected snowstorm can change your plans.
- LAYERS!!! We think that because we have lived in these mountains for so long we know what cold is, and sometimes we just take a jacket with us. But layers are the primary defenders when it comes to frostbite and hypothermia. It’s basic, each layer does its job:
1. Layer one: a wicking fabric close to the skin to prevent skin from getting damp.
2. Layer two: a nice warm fabric to keep you warm, such as wool. Do not use cotton as it takes too long to dry out.
3. Layer three: an appropriate weather fabric such as winter coat or a rain jacket, or both!
And do not forget to take protection for the head and hands: a warm hat with ear flaps or ski mask if required. Mittens are better than gloves, and do not forget socks and the appropriate footwear.
- Some DONTs. It’s recommended not to drink alcoholic drinks or smoke before exposing long to cold weather. Alcohol may keep you from realizing when you’re getting too cold and cigarette affects negatively blood circulation. Children and elderly people should be constantly taken indoors to warm up. Diabetes and heart-conditions patients are more susceptible to cold weather. Keep your loved ones safe!
MILE HI RAFTING COMPANY prevents!
Mile Hi Rafting’s convenient location makes it an ideal destination for day trips and vacations. Whether you are heading out for your day of adventure or coming back from one-stop by for an ATV tour to finish your day. We offer child and group discounts. Come see us for your next adventure!