I thought shivering is one of the first signs.catspa wrote:A person with hypothermia usually isn't aware of his or her condition, because the symptoms often begin gradually and because the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness.
I've seen this a lot, and been grateful for good teammates who could see it in me. Caught early, hypothermia is pretty easy to address, and once warmed up a person can continue as before, and still function well.
I have something to confess concerning firestarting method, though. <hangs head sheepishly, scuffs toe in dirt> I cheat. When I need a fire RFN, no fooling around, without regard for wetness of fuel or other nonsense, I light a road flare and stuff it under whatever wood I've got. It's a stinky, smoky fire but if fuel will burn at all, a road flare will light it off. (I also carry other fire methods for times when the urgency isn't so great.)
I got a good deal on signal flares at Kmart when they discontinued them. I modified a few by cutting them down to 3" length yo include the striking cap. It fit in the palm of my hand. I'll see if I can locate a photo of one.
Do all SAR teams carry flares?
I have a friend tha is on the SAR organization located on the east coast. He has tried many stoves to carry in his gear pack. He zeroed in on the Fancee Feest and a modified Venom Super Stove as his personal choice for him and his family. The modified Super Stove will burn multiple fuels not normally recommended for alcohol stoves. He was deployed to Haiti to assist in rescue operations when that catastrophe occured.