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10/11/21 05:13 PM 3-yr old survives 3 days in the Texas woods by Blast


"Kids 6 and younger have a better outcome being lost in the woods than kids 7 to 12 do," McKee said.

He said studies have shown that younger kids are less likely to worry about some of the little things they might encounter in those situations.

"They worry less about (if) the water looks bad or smells bad or maybe bugs are over in the log I am huddling by to stay out of the wind. They are more concerned about meeting that immediate physical need. Whereas when kids get older, they start to process things a little bit more and start to think about things a little bit more," McKee said.'

Basically, the "Don't worry. Be happy." method of survival. Thankfully it had a happy ending!

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10/04/21 04:01 PM Extreme weather kills 21 ultra-marathon runners by brandtb


When Zhang Xiaotao set off last weekend on a 100-kilometer (62-mile) ultra-marathon through the jagged mountains of northwestern China, he didn't know he was embarking on one of the deadliest journeys in the country's sporting history.

Zhang is the lone survivor of the six athletes who were leading the race on a remote stretch of track when extreme weather caused freezing rain and a sudden dive in temperature.
A local herdsman dragged Zhang into a cave, which shielded him from succumbing to the hypothermia that killed his closest competitors. In total, 21 of the 172 participants died, including some of China's best-known marathon champions.

The tragedy shocked China's running community and prompted public outrage, with many questioning whether the organizers had planned the race properly and prepared participants for the extreme weather.

[Full article] - https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/28/china/ultramarathon-safety-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

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10/02/21 10:22 PM It pays tocheck stuff! by hikermor

Just finishing my emergency gear check, a process I endeavor to complete every three months. I had left one stash to the last, because everything was good just three months ago...

Surprise! There was superficial rust on my Ltool accessories. The Eneloops batteries in thee headlamp were good, but two of the backup lithiums were deficient. maybe because they weere dated 2012??

I also have a zippered pouch that is corroded shut - still working on that. Moisture is getting into the stash somehow, and I will have to fix that.

Other than that, everything is dandy and my CERT bag is ready to go.

Just passing this along, so that you may be inspired to conduct regular checks of this stuff.....

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10/02/21 02:13 AM Tramper rescued after finding pocket of cell cover by Doug_Ritter

Tramper rescued at 1700m after finding a pocket of cellphone coverage to call for help


CARRY an effing PLB or SEND!

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09/26/21 01:04 PM Natural gas crisis in UK. by adam2

Wholesale natural gas prices have reached the shocking level of about 180 pence a therm in the UK.

The previous peak was to about 80 pence a therm, and was only for a few days.
This peak is much higher and has already lasted for a couple of months.

Discussion as to he reasons for this increase could lead us into forbidden p0litical areas, but it is an observed fact that the increase has occurred.

Prices are broadly similar in most of Europe.

A lot of UK electricity is produced from natural gas, resulting in huge increases in wholesale electricity costs.

Fertilizer production was halted as the high gas price rendered it uneconomic, this in turn affected carbon dioxide supplies as this is a by product of fertilizer manufacture.
This in turn affected some food supplies as carbon dioxide is used to stun animals for humane killing, and is also used in food packaging.

The UK government have now given emergency funding to fertilizer factories to resume production that would otherwise be loss making.

A number of retailers of domestic natural gas and electricity have gone bust as they retailing energy at half the wholesale cost.

Regulations have prevented the present high wholesale costs being passed on to retail customers, but this cant carry on forever.

All a bit worrying, not directly for myself as I have no natural gas and use very little electricity. I worry about the effect on wider society though.

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