Cold Weather Riding

Years ago, I attended a seminar given by Papa Bear Whitmore, a noted authority on wilderness survival. He made an important observation based on his years of experience surviving the wilderness, teaching wilderness survival and looking for people lost in the wilderness.

He said that when the weather is cold, say 20 or 30 degrees Fahrenheit, people know it is cold, and they prepare for it appropriately. It is when people don’t think of the weather as cold that there is a higher risk for problems.

It seems problems are more likely to occur when the temperature is in the 40 to 50 degree Fahrenheit range because people are unprepared for a stop in activity or a sudden weather change. An approaching storm that makes conditions wet and/or windy can cause big problems, beginning with wind chill.

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