さ Beginning reader ☌ Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure printable ⎜ E-Pub Author Peter Stark ␉ さ Beginning reader ☌ Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure printable ⎜ E-Pub Author Peter Stark ␉ As Freezing Persons Recollect the Snow HypothermiaWhen your Jeep spins lazily off the mountain road and slams backward into a snowbank, you dont worry immediately about the cold Your first thought is that youve just dented your bumper Your second is that youve failed to bring a shovel Your third is that youll be late for dinner Friends are expecting you at their cabin around eight for a moonlight ski, a late dinner, a sauna Nothing can keep you from that.Driving out of town, defroster roaring, you barely noted the bank thermometer on the town square 27 degrees at 6 36 The radio weather report warned of a deep mass of arctic air settling over the region The man who took your money at the Conoco station shook his head at the register and said he wouldnt be going anywhere tonight if he were you You smiled A little chill never hurt anybody with enough fleece and a good four wheel drive.But now youre stuck Jamming the gearshift into low, you try to muscle out of the drift The tires whine on ice slicked snow as headlights dance on the curtain of frosted firs across the road Shoving the lever back into park, you shoulder open the door and step from your heated capsule Cold slaps your naked face, squeezes tears from your eyes You check your watch 7 18 You consult your map A thin, switchbacking line snakes up the mountain to the penciled square that marks the cabin.Breath rolls from you in short frosted puffs The Jeep lies cocked sideways in the snowbank like an empty turtle shell You think of firelight and saunas and warm food and wine You look again at the map Its maybe 5 or 6 miles to that penciled square You run that far every day before breakfast Youll just put on your skis No problem.There is no precise core temperature at which the human body perishes from cold At Dachaus cold water immersion baths, Nazi doctors calculated death to arrive at around 77 degrees Fahrenheit The lowest recorded core temperature in a surviving adult is 60.8 degrees For a child its lower In 1994, a two year old girl in Saskatchewan wandered out of her house into a 40 night She was found near her doorstep the next morning, limbs frozen solid, her core temperature 57 degrees She lived.Others are less fortunate, even in much milder conditions One of Europes worst weather disasters occurred during a 1964 competitive walk on a windy, rainy English moor three of the racers died from hypothermia, though temperatures never fell below freezing and ranged as high as 45.But for all scientists and statisticians now know of freezing and its physiology, no one can yet predict exactly how quickly and in whom hypothermia will strikeand whether it will kill when it does The cold remains a mystery, prone to fell men than women, lethal to the thin and well muscled than to those with avoirdupois, and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.The process begins even before you leave the car, when you remove your gloves to squeeze a loose bail back into one of your ski bindings The freezing metal bites your flesh Your skin temperature drops.Within a few seconds, the palms of your hands are a chilly, painful 60 degrees Instinctively, the web of surface capillaries on your hands constrict, sending blood coursing away from your skin and deeper into your torso Your body is allowing your fingers to chill in order to keep its vital organs warm.You replace your gloves, noticing only that your fingers have numbed slightly Then you kick boots into bindings and start up the road.Were you a Norwegian fisherman or Inuit hunter, both of whom frequently work gloveless in the cold, your chilled hands would open their surface capillaries periodically to allow surges of warm blood to pass into them and maintain their flexibility This phenomenon, known as the hunters response, can elevate a 35 degree skin temperature to 50 degrees within seven or eight minutes.Other human adaptations to the cold are mysterious Tibetan Buddhist monks can raise the skin temperature of their hands and feet by 15 degrees through meditation Australian Aborigines, who once slept on the ground, unclothed, on near freezing nights, would slip into a light hypothermic state, suppressing shivering until the rising sun rewarmed them.You have no such defenses, having spent your days at a keyboard in a climate controlled office Only after about ten minutes of hard climbing, as your body temperature rises, does blood start seeping back into your fingers Sweat trickles down your sternum and spine.By now youve left the road and decided to take a shortcut up the forested mountainside to the roads next switchback Treading slowly through deep, soft snow as the full moon hefts over a spiny ridge top, throwing silvery bands of moonlight and shadow, you think your friends were right Its a beautiful night for skiingthough you admit, feeling the 30 degree air bite at your face, its also cold.After an hour, theres still no sign of the switchback, and youve begun to worry You pause to check the map At this moment, your core temperature reaches its high 100.8 Climbing in deep snow, youve generated nearly ten times as much body heat as you do when you are resting.As you step around to orient map to forest, you hear a metallic pop You look down The loose bail has disappeared from your binding You lift your foot and your ski falls from your boot.You twist on your flashlight, and its cold weakened batteries throw a yellowish circle in the snow Its right around here somewhere, you think, as you sift the snow through gloved fingers Focused so intently on finding the bail, you hardly notice the frigid air pressing against your tired body and sweat soaked clothes.The exertion that warmed you on the way uphill now works against you Your exercise dilated capillaries carry the excess heat of your core to your skin, and your wet clothing dispels it rapidly into the night The lack of insulating fat over your muscles allows the cold to creep that much closer to your warm blood.Your temperature begins to plummet Within seventeen minutes it reaches the normal 98.6 Then it slips below.At 97 degrees, hunched over in your slow search, the muscles along your neck and shoulders tighten in whats known as pre shivering muscle tone Sensors have signaled the temperature control center in your hypothalamus, which in turn has ordered the constriction of the entire web of surface capillaries Your hands and feet begin to ache with cold Ignoring the pain, you dig carefully through the snow another ten minutes pass You know that without the bail, youre in deep trouble.Finally, nearly forty five minutes later, you find the bail You even manage to pop it back into its socket and clamp your boot into the binding But the clammy chill that started around your skin has now wrapped deep into your bodys core.At 95, youve entered the zone of mild hypothermia Youre now trembling violently as your body attains its maximum shivering response, an involuntary condition in which your muscles contract rapidly to generate additional body heat.It was a mistake, you realize, to come out on a night this cold You should turn back Fishing into the front pocket of your shell parka, you fumble out the map You consulted it to get here it should be able to guide you back to the warm car Your core temperature starts to slip below 95 it doesnt occur to you in your increasingly clouded and panicky mental state that you could simply follow your tracks down the way you came.And after this long stop, the skiing itself has become difficult By the time you push off downhill, your muscles have cooled and tightened so dramatically that they no longer contract easily, and once contracted, they wont relax Youre locked into an ungainly, spread armed, weak kneed snowplow.Still, you manage to maneuver between stands of fir, swishing down through silvery light and pools of shadow Youre too cold to think of the beautiful night or of the friends you had meant to see You think only of the warm Jeep that waits for you somewhere at the bottom of the hill Its gleaming shell is centered in your minds eye as you come over the crest of a small knoll You hear the sudden whistle of wind in your ears as you gain speed Then, before your mind can quite process what the sight means, you notice a lump in the snow ahead.Recognizing, slowly, the danger that you are in, you try to jam your skis to a stop But in your panic, your balance and judgment are poor Moments later, your ski tips plow into the buried log and you sail headfirst through the air and bellyflop into the snow.You lie still Theres a dead silence in the forest, broken by the pumping of blood in your ears Your ankle is throbbing with pain, and youve hit your head Youve also lost your hat and a glove Scratchy snow is packed down your shirt Meltwater trickles down your neck and spine.This situation, you realize with an immediate sense of panic, is serious Scrambling to rise, you collapse in pain, your ankle crumpling beneath you.As you sink back into the snow, shaken, your heat begins to drain away at an alarming rate, your head alone accounting for 50 percent of the loss The pain of the cold soon pierces your ears so sharply that you root about in the snow until you find your hat and mash it back onto your head.But even that little activity has been exhausting You know you should find your glove as well, and yet youre becoming too weary to feel any urgency You decide to have a short rest before going on.An hour passes At one point, a stray thought says you should start being scared, but fear is a concept that floats somewhere beyond your immediate reach, like that numb hand lying naked in the snow Youve slid into the temperature range at which cold renders the enzymes in your brain less efficient With every 1 degree drop in body temperature below 95, your cerebral metabolic rate falls off by 3 to 5 percent When your core temperature reaches 93, amnesia nibbles at your consciousness You check your watch 12 58 Maybe someone will come looking for you soon Moments later, you check again You cant keep the numbers in your head Youll remember little of what happens next.Your head drops back The snow crunches softly in your ear In the 35 degree air, your core temperature falls about 1 degree every thirty to forty minutes, your body heat leaching out into the soft, enveloping snow Apathy at 91 degrees Stupor at 90.Youve now crossed the boundary into profound hypothermia By the time your core temperature has fallen to 88 degrees, your body has abandoned the urge to warm itself by shivering Your blood is thickening like crankcase oil in a cold engine Your oxygen consumption, a measure of your metabolic rate, has fallen by than a quarter Your kidneys, however, work overtime to process the fluid overload that occurred when the blood vessels in your extremities constricted and squeezed fluids toward your center You feel a powerful urge to urinate, the only thing you feel at all.By 87 degrees youve lost the ability to recognize a familiar face, should one suddenly appear from the woods.At 86 degrees, your heart, its electrical impulses hampered by chilled nerve tissues, becomes arrhythmic It now pumps less than two thirds the normal amount of blood The lack of oxygen and the slowing metabolism of your brain, meanwhile, begin to trigger visual and auditory hallucinations.You hear jingle bells Lifting your face from your snow pillow, you realize with a surge of gladness that theyre not sleigh bells theyre welcoming bells hanging from the door of your friends cabin You knew it had to be close by The jingling is the sound of the cabin door opening, just through the fir trees.Attempting to stand, you collapse in a tangle of skis and poles Thats okay You can crawl Its so close.Hours later, or maybe its minutes, you realize the cabin still sits beyond the grove of trees Youve crawled only a few feet The light on your wristwatch pulses in the darkness 5 20 Exhausted, you decide to rest your head for a moment.When you lift it again, youre inside, lying on the floor before the woodstove The fire throws off a red glow First its warm then its hot then its searing your flesh Your clothing has caught fire.At 85 degrees, those freezing to death, in a strange, anguished paroxysm, often rip off their clothes This phenomenon, known as paradoxical undressing, is common enough that urban hypothermia victims are sometimes initially diagnosed as victims of sexual assault Though researchers are uncertain of the cause, the most logical explanation is that shortly before loss of consciousness, the constricted blood vessels near the bodys surface suddenly dilate and produce a sensation of extreme heat against the skin.All you know is that youre burning You claw off your shell and pile sweater and fling them away.But then, in a final moment of clarity, you realize theres no stove, no cabin, no friends Youre lying alone in the bitter cold, naked from the waist up You grasp your terrible misunderstanding, a whole series of misunderstandings, like a dream ratcheting into wrongness Youve shed your clothes, your car, your oil heated house in town Without this ingenious technology, youre simply a delicate, tropical organism whose range is restricted to a narrow sunlit band that girds the earth at the equator.And youve now ventured way beyond it From the Hardcover edition.Un put downable stories of outdoor catastrophe and death, carefully and vividly told they make us, unexpectedly, happy to be alive Ian FrazierSTARKS MASTERFUL PACING AND USE OF DETAILS KEEP THE READERS STOMACH TURNED IN SUSPENSE BooklistA FASCINATING BLEND OF STORYTELLING AND SCIENCE New York Daily News The Last Breath A Novel Kimberly Belle THE LAST BREATH is a very light mystery, romance, but I think classifying it as thriller 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