Test Your Cold Weather IQ

1. You become lost while hiking through the Rocky Mountains. You cannot find your way back. The first thing you should do is:

A. Yell for help.
B. Walk uphill.
C. Walk downhill.
D. Sit down, relax, and assess the situation.

2. On a helicopter skiing trip, you get trapped on the mountaintop by an unpredicted blizzard. Once the weather breaks, you attempt to descend. To ensure your safety, you should descend the mountain by:

A. Skiing down the slope.
B. Following the mountain ridge.
C. Following the mountain face.
D. Waiting for help to appear.

3. True or False:

One of the easiest ways to stay warm while on the sideline during a November game is to insert a warmed bottle of water into your pants.

4. Noticing that your hands have become blue, the safest way to prevent frostbite is to:

A. Place your fingers into your mouth.
B. Shake your hands vigorously.
C. Place your hands in your pockets.
D. Place your hands in your lower abdomen/upper groin area.

5. True or False:

Diamox will be less effective if started the same day you arrive at high altitude.

6. True or False:

Acclimatization to high altitude includes drinking three beers per day in the first 1–3 days upon arrival.

7. True or False:

Frostbitten digits should be rubbed vigorously to warm them up.

8. True or False:

Frostbitten tissue should be warmed by immersion into a warm water bath at about 104°F.

9. True or False:

Snow blindness results from dehydration in the cold.

10. True or False:

Less tissue damage occurs by hiking on frostbitten feet followed by permanent rewarming.

1. (D) Sit down, relax, and assess your situation.
2. (B) Follow the mountain ridge.
3. True
4. (D) Place your hands in your lower abdomen/upper groin area.
5. True
6. False
7. False
8. True
9. False
10. True


    Title Test Your Cold Weather IQ.
    Source Sports medicine update (Rosemount, IL)
    Publisher American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
    Date Nov/Dec 2007
    SIRC Article # S-1066901


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