Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Mon, 10 Jun 1996 07:50:56 -0400
Gee, I can think of a great place for some of you to get survival tips.
Military, specifically those troops trained in desert warfare. If you have
access to any Desert Shield/Storm vets, use them. They spent most of them
six months or more out in the desert. Many of them would be more than
willing to give you tips, or give a short demonstration to the boys.
Unfortunately, my own vet is a few thousand miles away right now. I can
remember that he used an interesting technique to keep his drinking water cool.
He took an old sock, got it soaking wet, put it on the bottle (you really
need a large sock) and let the wind blow it. The combination of the wind
and the wet (clean) sock cooled the water.
I remember there were an awful lot of guys getting sent home with broken
legs. Walking in the desert sand can be very tricky at times. So, you
cannot overemphasize the use of proper foot wear.
Of course, the common sense things, don't overexert, drink LOTS of fluids,
light colored clothing. LOTS of sunscreen, etc. etc. etc.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City