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far_east_climber


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Posting this thread to get some ideas on what other warm weather climbers do to maximise their time outdoors and minimise their chance of heat-stroke. I will soon be plunging back into 110 degree, 95% humidity and I am looking for some opinions on how to stay as cool as possible. Usually I have always worn loose white cloth around my face, sunglasses and then loose, white, cotton clothing. Maybe this seems abit extreme but it seems to create an efficient micro-climate. Any desert climbers have advice? I'm babbling here. Just tell me how you stay alive outside for long-periods of time in the sun.


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Climb near water :wink:
But seriously, being from texas I know how you feel. You're basically doing all you can. I don't do this for climbing because I have enough crap to carry but when I race motocross I bring a small cooler filled with ice water and washcloths. In between motos I grab the icy cloths and put them on neck, wrists, face, etc. Climbing at dawn/dusk obviously helps with the heat.


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Climbing at dawn/dusk obviously helps with the heat.

That's what I do. Start very early, break during the hottest parts of the day and then come back and climb till late.


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Climb at night with lights.


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most important thing is to make sure you are fully hydrated at all times, water is a natural heat regulator in the system, also do what u can to create your own shade if the nature of where u are climbing doesn't provide any, i.e. canopy... good luck, be safe...


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I like to roll around in some mud before I go climbing.... sometimes I bring a bunch of water with me to the base of the crag and dig a hole and fill it with mud... that way I can continuously roll around in the mud. LOL. Umm honestly if your climbing in that type of heat I would suggest climbing dawn/dusk. Otherwise if you can bring like a canopy with you to your crag or some kind of tent to escape the sun that is alright too, but that won't help with the humidity!!! I still stay roll around in the mud!!!


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Climb at night with lights.
oh yah, no crowds either.


obe


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Go shirtless and burn the hell out of your self! :D ...staying hydrated is really a key point to staying cool.


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Obviously, shade is key. That and climbing early/late. I don't think I could climb in the conditions you describe in direct sunlight.

Try climbing shirtless if in the shade, you'll dry faster.

Also, I like climbing with a camelbak for MP stuff.


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MOVE


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If you can try to find a crag that stays in a shade all day long.


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Adding on to NOLO's comment about the cooler of ice... I work with film production crews and one of their tricks when working outside in the south in the heat and humidity is to add a bunch of Sea Breeze in the ice/ice water. They then soak their bandanas in the mixture and tie 'em around their necks. The SeaBreeze cools even more as it evaporates. Bonus: you smell much nicer, too.


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