An Appreciation For Eskimo Survival Skills
Today I had to go outside to get something and it was only -20 so I just threw on my boots and a jacket, no gloves or warm pants. Thought I was only going to be outside about 10 minutes or so.
I was only outside for 5 minutes when my hands and face started to ache with the cold. I pushed through the pain and finished the task I’d come outside to do, but I suffered for my haste and lack of preparation.
When I got back inside, I hurt all over and had to lie down for about 10 minutes before the pain was gone. Bottom line is that cold can kill you and the only difference between 0 degrees and -20 is that it will definitely kill you faster. You’ve got to give these people a lot of credit for learning how to live in conditions that are almost beyond human endurance.
I’m an Alaskan Native, and a lot of what you post here, we still do! I’m not from near the coast, but I know people that are and they still hunt seal and the one time I was at a coastal village, someone got a beluga whale, so a lot of people from the village went to go get some of the whale.
Thanks for writing this up, and I’m really impressed at how accurate this is (still to this day).