Urine is of Little Help to Hikers

“It’s not in any survival manual, but a group of lost hikers in the Adirondacks during a rainy overnight last week tried to fend off the cold by using the only warm water they had — their urine.”

That’s actually in the article.  The best line: “The technique is not a standard survival technique and apparently provided limited relief.”  Relief from….?

But, seriously, after you’ve read it, ask yourself  just how an inebriated, drugged, or downright sociopathic a gene pool you’d have to dredge from in order to scrape up a crew that would engage in this outcome!  I’ve seen some pretty out-on-the limb behaviors out in backpacking land but this is way over the edge..

Needless to say, there are no photos in the article. Please, no YouTube anything here, thanks.

Yup!  –>:http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Urine-is-of-little-relief-to-hikers-3542789.php#ixzz1uVt0pEBl

About Tom Jamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, the Continental Divide Trail in 2013, the Camino Portugese (2016), and Newfoundland's East Coast Trail (2017) . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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3 Responses to Urine is of Little Help to Hikers

  1. Liz says:

    While I’m not up to speed on best practices on the trail, the described behavior does sounds very bizarre….h-m-m-m, golden showers– some folks are actually into that.


  2. wingclipped says:

    Good grief! Did they try huddling together first, or move straight to wee-ing on each other?

    I guess as we were’t there we can’t understand what they were going through, and I suppose desperation leads one to do strange things at times. Let’s face it, if there are five hikers you would expect at least one of them to be a rational person. And if they all decide this is the best way to stay warm then they must have thought they were in some pretty serious trouble. We’ve had the eye-grabbing report from the newspaper which I am sure concentrates on the strangest part of the story – I wonder what the rest of that story was.

    But even so, I can think of so many other better ways of trying to keep warm!


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