Dehydration and Hypothermia 2015-16



Hypothermia and Dehydration are two common and dangerous conditions to deal with in the backcountry. Do a 100 word report on each one of these conditions.

What is it?
When might you be in danger of getting it?
How do you prevent it?
How do you treat it?


35 thoughts on “Dehydration and Hypothermia 2015-16

  1. Chris Park

    Hypothermia is one of the common and dangerous conditions to deal with in the backcountry. Hypothermia is the condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, typically one that is dangerously low. When the balance between the body’s heat production and heat loss tips toward heat loss for a prolonged period, hypothermia can occur. Accidental hypothermia usually happens after cold temperature exposure without enough warm, dry clothing for protection. However, much milder environments can also lead to hypothermia. depending on one’s age, body mass, body fat, and overall health. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes can increase the risk of getting hypothermia. One should prevent hypothermia by wearing dry, warm clothes. Wearing the correct clothings for the backcountry trip is very crucial.

  2. simran

    Hypothermia is a condition in which the body has an extremely low temperature.When the balance between the body’s heat production and heat loss tips toward heat loss for a prolonged period, hypothermia can occur. Some symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, clumsiness, an d/or lack of coordination. You can prevent hypothermia in the backcountry by covering your head, face and neck, wearing layers and staying dry. When someone has hypothermia, you must take the person away from the cold temperature, cover them in blankets and monitor them in case of abnormal breathing.

  3. Cole Smith

    Hypothermia is a dangerous state in which the body starts to shut down from being so cold. It is caused from cold weather, cold water, snow. Really anything that can make you cold. You can be in danger of getting it when you are around those things and you have no source of warmth. You can prevent it by simply not committing to cold things such as jumping into cold water or snow or just stay warm by a fire or wrapped in a blanket. You treat hypothermia by simply “warming up” you need to drop what your doing and focus on warm. Get as many people as you can to be around you and warm you up. Short term hypothermia can be treated fairly easily, but when it gets out of hand and you are continuously staying in whatever is making you so cold.

  4. Lanaya Clement

    Hypothermia is when the body heat drops down to a dangerous level. You might be in danger of getting it when it is wet or cold out. You can prevent it by dressing properly for the weather conditions. You can prevent it by checking the weather network to find out what type of clothing is suitable for the current weather. The ways that you can treat hypothermia are by moving the person inside and getting them to warm up, removing any wet clothing, encouraging the person to shiver, and by keeping them warm and dry after their body temperature rises.

  5. simran

    Dehydration is caused when the body has little body moisture. It is caused by excessive loss of water, which causes a rise in blood sodium levels. It can be caused by vomiting, excessive sweating, diarrhea, an dis accompanied by a deficiency of electrolytes. Some symptoms of dehydration are sticky/dry mouth, thirst, decreased urine output, dry skin, headache, constipation, and dizziness. Dehydration can occur when exploring the back country. It can begin with a headache and lead to more serious and dangerous outcomes. If dehydration is suspected, it is important to give the body fluids. Sometimes water is not enough, and the body needs sugar/glucose for the essential elements to function.

  6. Cole Smith

    Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we take in through drinking. You can be in danger of getting dehydrated by simply not drinking enough fluids (especially water) in environments where it is hot and/or humid and you are losing fluids fast. To treat dehydration you need to drink more fluids however that may sometimes not be the case. If it is not working you need to focus on “electrolytes”.

  7. Chris Park

    Dehydration is also a very common and risky conditions to deal with in the backcountry. Dehydration is the process of losing or removing water or moisture. Dehydration can be caused by excessive vomiting and by not drinking much water. To prevent dehydration, one should drink before one gets thirsty as thirst is not a reliable measure of the hydration of one’s body. Also, one can keep the water bottle easily accessible to encourage hydration. If dehydration is suspected, one should eat foods high in sugars, potassium, and sodium and drink lots of water. Dehydration is such a bid deal as tiredness and dizziness can be caused which can lead to poor decision making and possible falls. Drink lots of water!

  8. Lanaya Clement

    Dehydration is when the body suffers from a loss of fluids, usually water exceeds the amount that is taken in by the body. You may be in danger of suffering from dehydration. You are in danger of suffering from dehydration when it is hot out. You can also suffer from dehydration when you are not taking enough or any fluids in. You can prevent dehydration by taking in fluids. Even when you are not thirsty to ensure you always keep your body’s fluid levels above the amount that you are taking in. The ways that you can treat dehydration are by drinking a rehydration drink, water, juice, or a sports drink.

  9. Jasleen Gill

    The common signs and symptoms of dehydration include increased thirst , fatigue, dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, or irritability. The main causes of dehydration is due to hot or dry conditions, vomiting and or diarrhoea, vigorous exercise. Some tips to stay hydrated are to drink 8-10 cups of fluid a day. Avoid sugary drinks. Consider your environment. Staying hydrated is important before and after and during your exercise routines.

  10. Erica

    It can be a serious life threatening condition. Blood flow and pressure slows down due to a lack of oxygen and water in your blood. It happens when your body is losing more water than you are putting in. You can get dehydrated when you have illnesses like the stomach flu because of throwing up and losing liquids in your body. You can become dizzy if you stand up too suddenly or become confused and irritable. Your heart rate will increase. You can over heat easily. Like when I was at a concert and I hadn’t eaten or had anything to drink before. I felt really overheated and dizzy and I had to be helped outside for fresh air and water. The best thing to do is drink water, not to fast, but little sips at a time to adjust and the rest for a while to replenish your energy.

  11. Hypothermia is what happens when the bodies core temperature is lower than what is should be. Hypothermia is very dangerous because it can resort with the loss of limbs or fingers. To prevent hypothermia is fairly easy depending on the situation, you must wear warm cloths that aren’t wet and drink warm drinks or just be in a warm environment.

  12. Dehydration is a very serious thing that can happen to anyone. It can happen during a hot day when you have not had enough water to drink/liquids in your body. It can cause diarrhea, dry mouth and vomiting. Having this happen will make you lose more liquids than you can gain in a short period of time. Dehydration will restrict you from doing any activities. To prevent dehydration you must drink at least 1 litres of water per day.

  13. mani Bajwa

    Dehydration is the process of losing and or removing water or moisture, it is a condition caused by loss of large amounts of water from the body. It causes a rise in the blood sodium levels. Dehydration has many causes such as excessive sweating, vomiting and diarrhea. To treat dehydration be sure to drink as much water as you can through out the day. Rehydration drinks such as juicee, water and mineral waters help your high blood sodium levels. Before you do any exercises or any work be sure to have consumed a good amount of cold fluid.

  14. Jasleen Gill

    Hypothermia is a condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, typically one that is dangerously low. The main causes of hypothermia is being in cold places. Your body balance of heat production is lost. The risks factors of hypothermia include people with mental illness, people who are outdoors for extended periods or people in cold weather whose judgement is impaired by alcohol or drugs.Th e symptoms of hypothermia are shivering, drowsiness. slow breathing, confusion or memory loss, or a slow and weak pulse. The treatment for hypothermia is to protect the person against winds or drafts and keep them in warm shelter.

  15. Erica

    Hypothermia is when your body is exposed to extreme cold conditions. Where your body temperature drops and your blood flow is slowed down. It often occurs in major trauma and in poverty ridden countries. Synthetic and wool clothing are better for keeping warm then cotton because they provide a better insulation. If you plan on going on any adventures in the wastelands of Antarctica make sure to layer up with tons of wool! Warming you back up should be done carefully as warming you back up suddenly could be a shock to your body. This can also lead to frostbite in certain conditions. Be careful! Don’t be stupid.

  16. mani Bajwa

    Hypothermia is a condition of having an abnormally low body temperature which is life threatening. Some possible causes includes cold exposure. There is a balance between the body’s heat production and if the heat loss tips for a extended period hypothermia may occur. There is also a thing called accidental hypothermia which usually happens after a cold temperature exposure without enough warm, dry clothing for protection.

  17. Bob The Tingler


    The condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, typically one that is dangerously low. You can get this when you go on trip to the mountains and forget your jackets and sleeping equipment as well as something to light a fire with. This can also be a situation were the commrec teacher takes you outside on a rainy and cold day. You prevent this by being prepared early with jackets, shirts and pants. Thus just stay inside and don’t thing about going out till its sunny again. The three things you can do to help treat it is
    1. Move the person indoors or somewhere warm as soon as possible.
    2. Once the person is in a warm environment, carefully remove any wet clothing and dry them.
    3. Wrap them in warm blankets, towels, or coats (whatever you have available), protecting their head and torso first.

    Occurs when your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Going on a commrec trip and forgetting to bring water or running out then dying because the trip was in the middle of the desert. Making sure to drink fluids every regularly to stay hydrated. To help treat it you can drink a rehydration drink, water, juice, or sports drink to replace fluids and minerals.

  18. Mikeal Andrews

    Hypothermia. You might be in danger of getting hypothermia when its too cold for the human body. You can prevent it by going to a warm place or wearing a good coat. You can treat it by putting your body or body part in hot water because that will force the blood back to your body

  19. Nathan Lawswon

    Dehydration. When outdoors in the winter season, the body adapts to the cold, dry air by retaining heat. In an effort to maintain core temperature, warm blood the body distributes throughout the body is reduced in amount in the arms and legs to prevent body heat loss. Dehydration has other causes for example, excessive sweating, vomiting and diarrhea. To help prevent dehydration always make an effort to drink as much water as you can through out the day. Further preventing dehydration can include, more frequent bathroom breaks, drinking more fluids such as water and juice, cover your nose and mouth to minimize fluid loss, and finally have fluids at room temperature ready to drink.

  20. Nathan Lawswon

    Hypothermia. This occurs when the body experiences a decrease in core temperature. The varying severities of hypothermia can be, the cooler the core body temperature the more dangerous the hypothermia. Long time exposure to cool, wet, windy, environments can increase chances of hypothermia in these conditions. Hypothermia can occur even in cool weather. When outdoors in cool weather, the body creates heat to keep core temperature balanced through two ways: by doing exercise and by shivering. These are the primary ways the body uses to generate heat.

  21. Kai MacKenzie

    Hypothermia is one of the most dangerous conditions to experience when you are exploring the back country. It is a condition when your body as a crazy low body temperature and you begin to freeze and it becomes very dangerous and deadly. One example of when this occurs is when you are on a mountain skiing or snowboarding and the weather is extremely cold and if you don’t have the proper clothing for being in those conditions. You can prevent hypothermia by wearing the right clothing and avoiding dangerously cold temperatures. Hypothermia can be treated by being warmed up or going into a hot bath or hot tub etc.

  22. Darian Genereux

    Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F. Hypothermia is caused by being in the cold for too long when your body cannot produce enough heat.

  23. Kai MacKenzie

    Dehydration is also a very dangerous condition that if not resolved can lead to many things. It is when your body has a reduction in the amount of water in the body. You might experience this if you are walking around in the hot desert and you have no water and you become parched and in need of water or if you are playing sports and you are working hard but normally you have water there so that’s not as bad. You can prevent dehydration by staying hydrated and drinking lots of water every day. You treat it by drinking a bunch of water and electrolytes.

  24. Darian Genereux

    Dehydration is when someone loses more fluids than he or she takes in. Dehydration isn’t as serious a problem for teens as it can be for babies or young children. But if you ignore your thirst, dehydration can slow you down.When someone gets dehydrated, it means the amount of water in the body has dropped below the level needed for normal body function. Small decreases don’t cause problems, and in most cases, they go completely unnoticed. But not drinking enough to keep up with the loss of fluid can sometimes make a person feel quite sick.

  25. Mikeal Andrews

    Hypothermia is a big problem because it freezes the blood in your limb, nose, even your ears. Ways you can stop hypothermia is by staying I warm environment or wearing a very warm coat in a cold environment. One way you could treat hypothermia is by putting the effected are in boiling water, this will force the blood back to the body part but it is very pain full. Hypothermia forces the blood away from that area because it is too cold for your warm blood to stay there so your limb/ effected area could be classified as dead/dieing

  26. Alex

    Dehydration is when you have a lack of bodily fluids in your body. People commonly get dehydration when they work too hard or don’t drink enough water for the activity they are doing. It is also easier to get dehydration when it is hotter out because you lose bodily fluids through your sweat. To prevent dehydration when performing a physically demanding activity be sure to pack more than enough water so that you don’t run out of water. Running out of water is another way to people get dehydration. This is because they underestimate the amount of water they need. To treat dehydration the dehydrated person should be given small, frequent sips of water or gatorade. After consuming 600ml of water or gatorade it will take around 45 minutes for a person to become fully hydrated again.

  27. Mikeal Andrews

    Dehydration is a deficit of total body water, with accompanying distribution of metabolic processes. This occurs when body water loss exceeds body water intake. This usually occurs during exercise, very hot environments of some kind of disease. Ways to avoid dehydration are all ways staying hydrated and bringing extra water with you, if you’re in a hot environment try to have a cold/shaded area you can get to easily. Make sure you stay hydrated dehydration can cause sickness like headaches and stomach pains. Dehydration is serious if you can’t fix the effects by drinking fluids you need immediate medical attention

  28. caimin clarke

    Hypothermia is a medical condition that happens when your body loses heat faster that it is producing it for a long period of time causing your body to drop to dangerously cold temperatures. Once hypothermia sets it in it would only take about 15 minutes so act fast. Signs of hypothermia are shivering and also mental confusion Some ways to prevent hypothermia are to add warm layers of clothes, drink fluid and keep moving body to warm up your core. To treat a person with hypothermia you should remove and wet clothes, move person out of cold and monitor their breathing.

  29. Cameron Veer

    Have a headache on a hot day, haven’t drank a lot of water, both are signs of dehydration. Dehydration can be a very serious condition where the body loses more fluids than it can replenish. It can happen on a hot or even a cold day if you do not drink water on a regular basis. Dehydration is relatively easy to counter though, it requires lots of water throughout the day in order to keep up with you bodies methods of expelling fluids. Water is the best thing to drink when dehydration, but do not drink ethanol or seawater, as it will only worsen the condition. if you go somewhere make sure you bring plenty of water according to when and where you are going.

  30. Aaron Pucek


    Dehydration: Ensues when your body lacks essential fluid to keep itself running, like water. Dehydration is sly, and can often begin when you don’t even notice. Always drink water when in the backcountry, even if you might think you’re not thirsty. Symptoms include dizziness, loss of consciousness, hallucination, loss of breath, etc. Always pack excess water when going into the backcountry, as you’ll end up with more water than you need, which is a good thing in this case. When you feel dehydrated, find a shaded area, sit down, get comfortable, and drink water a bit at a time (in case you also feel sick so you don’t end up throwing-up and wasting more fluid). If water is a common commodity for you, there’s little worry about dehydration you should have. Make sure all preventive steps are taken in advance to ensure you don’t have to treat yourself for dehydration in the first place.

  31. Aaron Pucek


    Hypothermia: Occurs when your body can no longer warm itself and your core body temperature has fallen below a specified threshold. Hypothermia can be obtained by freezing temperature in both air and water, and can be difficult to treat, especially if you lack the proper equipment. Symptoms include a lack of shivering, frostbite, loss of consciousness, drowsiness, etc. Always pack warm clothes when going for a trip in the backcountry, even if it’s warm when you leave to get there. Weather and temperature can be unpredictable in some areas of BC. When going to the alpine, for example, the temperature and even the weather can snap in a relatively short amount of time, and hypothermia could potentially set in quick if you are unprepared. Hypothermia can be especially dangerous when you become immobilized by its effects. Make sure you take all preventive steps ahead of time so you don’t have to deal with it at all.

  32. Jashan

    Hypothermia is a severe medical condition caused by reduced body temperature. It occurs when the body dissipates more heat than it can accumulate. Symptoms can include shivering, confusion, slurred speech, clumsiness, drowsiness, and a weak pulse. Eventually, it can lead to death. It occurs when a prolonged period of time is spent in considerably cold temperatures. To help prevent hypothermia, one might dress appropriately in more than one layer, come inside frequently, avoid all alcohol consumption, make sure they’ve eaten enough, and watch out for early signs and symptoms. To treat hypothermia, a regular should provide warm beverages, use warm compresses, insulate the person’s body from the ground, and cover them in blankets. A doctor, on the other hand, would treat it by drawing blood, warming it, and then recirculated it in the body.

  33. caimin clarke

    Dehydration is a lack of total body water it occurs when free water loss exceeds free water intake. You are in most danger of getting dehydrated because of extra size, disease or just very high temperature. Mildly bad dehydration might cause dry mouth, sleepiness or dry skin. To avoid getting dehydrated you should drink fruit juices sports drinks, water and avoid protein and alcoholic drinks as they will further dehydrate you. Best way to treat being dehydrated it to take small freaquent sips of water out of the heat and sun.

  34. Jashan

    Dehydration is another severe medical condition which occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in resulting in not enough water.

  35. Elisa kaur

    Hypothermia is a condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, typically one that is dangerously low. The main causes of hypothermia is being in cold places. Your body balance of heat production is lost. The risks factors of hypothermia include people with mental illness, etc. dehydrated you should drink lots of water and avoid protein, as they will further dehydrate you. Best way to treat being dehydrated it to take small freaquent sips of water out of the heat and sun.

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