From the blogs: Why Cotton Kills, A Technical Explanation


The latest post in our from the blogs series features a recent article highlighting the  dangers of wearing cotton clothing in the great outdoors. A topic that was often discussed in the specialist press but not so much now.

We came across this comprehensive look at the topic by Wes Siler that you may enjoy

“He was wearing all cotton, which is the worst fabric for cold, wet weather. The weather just got the best of him,” reads an official statement by Alaska State Troopers about the death of a hiker there in 2005. This is how and why cotton can kill you…

Why Cotton Kills a Technical Explanation


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One Comment

  1. Peter Clinch says:

    The ‘Merkuns have always been a bit keen on over-dramatising this. It’s a bit like saying you should never drink alcohol on a day in the hills… Think of the average Final Munro Summit Party: much whisky & champagne, and I suspect a fair few cotton clothes, all among people with lots of experience and alive to tell the tale.

    So while it’s not great for all the reasons listed and you can surely do better, people don’t need to start panicking that they’ve been out in the hills wearing Killer Cotton and it’s only by the grace of God they lived to tell the tale.

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