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|Autor:||Pablo Edronkin [ Lun Nov 28, 2011 2:12 pm ]|
|Asunto:||A Bite Of Frostbite|
Many among the explorers and gold prospectors that ventured into the Yukon during the gold fever, back in the nineteenth century had absolutely no experience with outdoor activities, and were struck by the cruelty of the extreme, arctic climate that is normal in that region of Canada and Alaska, in the United States.
One of the main survival problems in such regions is the bitter cold that causes frostbite, which can be a very serious issue; however, among all the different parts of a body that could become literally thawed and then undergo gangrene or mummification, the toes are the most innocuous. It happens that those suffering frostbite may actually lose their toes without even realising that something is wrong.
So in order to survive in one piece in such an environment, it is not only important to have adequate gear, but to inspect the body often in order to detect frostbite and act upon it while it is still possible to save the affected tissue.
Some reports indicate that German soldiers during the winter battles in the Russian front, during WWII sometimes felt that some little stone or piece of soil, wood or whatever was in their boots, but when they took off their shoes, they found out that those things were not little stones but the toes that fell off their feet and were rattling inside their footwear. And in all likelihood, this is not just a myth.
In some towns of the Yukon, and in some bars, you can still ask for a drink which became a tradition among gold prospectors that found things as surprising as what the Germans found in Russia: that drink consist in a glass of liquor or whisky and a toe. The bar tender will put an actual human toe inside, and you will have to drink the contents, and the idea - indeed - is not to touch the toe with your lips.
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