Hypothermia & Frostbite

Hypothermia and frostbite are a real, ever present and serious risk in Greenland during the winter season. As an Iceman Polar competitor you should ensure you are suitably equipped, clothed and experienced to avoid suffering these conditions. You should have a good working knowledge of how to avoid and reduce the affects of cold injury on the body and know how to treat a casualty suffering from these conditions, as well as the less serious condition of frostnip.

Race information Equipment notes include a detailed list of personal and group items and clothing that must be carried by all competitors for maximum protection against hypothermia and frostbite. For safety reasons, competitors will not be allowed to start the race if these items are missing.

Team leaders must be competent and experienced in building a variety of snow shelters in case of extreme weather or storms that may cause severe damage to tents. Skills should include building snow walls around camp and techniques for erecting and striking tents in high winds. These skills will help to protect all team members and significantly reduce the chances of suffering from hypothermia and frostbite. Without using these techniques in extreme conditions, individuals may be at risk of exposure to strong winds and/or cold temperatures and succumb quickly to frostbite and hypothermia. Hypothermia can kill quickly in extreme conditions.