From the blogs: Hiking safety: how a dead man’s clothes changed survival advice

Brecon Beacons National Park from Pen Y Fan

Weather, clothes, and risk in the mountains…

The latest post in our from the blogs series features a very interesting article in The Guardian written by  Vanessa Heggie, a historian of science and medicine at the University of Birmingham.

The trigger for the article was the report in the last few days about a DofE group of  schoolchildren reported lost in the Llyn y Fan Fach area Wales. This all ended happily.

The children ‘lost’ in the Brecon Beacons this week are safe, and UK hiking fatalities are rare, partly thanks to groundbreaking experiments in the 1960s

The article looks at the work of a British physiologist and mountaineer called Lewis Griffith Cresswell Evans Pugh generally known as Griffith Pugh. He was the expedition physiologist on the 1953 British expedition that made the first ascent of Mount Everest, and a researcher into the effects of cold and altitude on human physiology about keeping dry and staying warm in the mountain.

It’s an excellent read.

Read  Hiking safety: how a dead man’s clothes changed survival advice

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