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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl View Post
    Curious, what part of AZ Mtns do you live in?
    Eastern AZ. The White Mountains, you may have seen it on the news recently.

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    My Family is from Clifton Morenci
    We have a family gathering at Big Lake outside of Springerville every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_owl View Post
    My Family is from Clifton Morenci
    We have a family gathering at Big Lake outside of Springerville every year.
    Hope you get to do it this year, the forest is closed right now, fire, getting larger by the hour. Might not be anything left at Big Lake after today.

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    That sucks AZ. Sorry.

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    Thanks man.

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    Thanks for the reminder and keep safe!

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    Last summer I took part in a BBQ competition at the local county fair. Started at 9:00 and by noon it was 102*. I have no clue how much water I drank that day, but it was not enough. Had a camper at hand with a/c going and I spent a lot of time inside. My wife (nurse) came over for the judging which started about 5:00. Wife was real close to hauling me to the hospital then, but instead she got me home and got me run through the cold shower and then the cold washrags on face while laying in bed with fans going. She checked on me every few minutes and re-wet the washrags as needed. Had her pretty worried.

    I have never in my life felt that bad. Like I said, I stayed in the camper most of the day and all I drank was water, but it was not enough.

    From that day on, and even up to now, I can NOT take the heat near like what I used to... Like someone said above, listen to your body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Fragera View Post
    I have started using a camelbak every time I'm on the trail to promote drinking more. With bottles, it is sometimes harder to get a drink because of the logistics of getting the bottle out while tackling the tougher stuff. Since I only use water in the camelbak (to keep from souring when I can't wash it right after a ride), it leaves my bottle cage open to put a bottle of whatever electrolyte drink I am using at the time to augment hydration.
    One of the things I do is to drink from the C-bak when I see the guy in front of me taking a drink. It reminds me to drink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    It's that time of year, learn to recognize the signs of heat stroke so hopefully you can avoid it.
    Be careful in the heat and humidity.
    Thanks for the link, much appreciated...

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    mood

    is the first thing to go south with heat and hydration.

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    Good info, thanks!

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    Thanks for the info!!!

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    Good info, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM View Post
    http://www.ogrehut.com/trails.php/TheFamily/120Sylvia

    good parents...strong, experienced and responsible riders....both of them....

    it was a very sad time.....
    Nightmare scenario. What a tragic read.

    Thank you for sharing that link.

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    anyone from the east heading west- you will need to drink more than you normally do. Me and some friends traveled out to moab and started feeling bad. we were each drinking 1.5-2 gal a day just to feel hydrated tooling around. interesting how much of a difference the dry air makes.
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    I had a heat stroke 5 years ago on the race track with my sportbike. Bad things happen when you have a heat stroke at 130 mph.

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    Feeling chilly while still sweating heavily is my body's warning sign that I'm running too hot.

    For cooling the body in an emergency, a large rock that's in the shade may help, especially if a good portion of the rock is in the ground; it will pull some heat from the body.
    I can barely get my mouth around it.

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    Bump because its important.

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    I've experienced what I'd call a heat stroke (not sure if that was a real heat stroke) twice. This is what I felt like:

    - Blurred vision (like when you get up fast), I saw "sparks" everywhere.
    - Weak pulse (but quite fast)
    - Sensation of pressure in the ear. Difficult hearing.
    - Couldn't keep my balance, I had to sit down.


    Was that a heat stroke?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadie scum View Post
    Bump because its important.
    After yesterday's rain, what about wet stroke???
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    Yep, it's the dead of summer here in AZ. As in the story above, planning to come to Phoenix, Moab or Sedona or any other similar destination to ride on a vacation at this time of year is questionable. The lack of shade and abundance of rock reflects a lot of radiation back at you, and it ends up feeling a lot hotter than it is (even if it's already over 100!). A camelback or a few waterbottles is usually NOT going to cut it, especially when help is not near. You can ride in the morning time, but you have to be ultra-careful to not be caught out there with the rising temps and diminishing water supply. Most people are NOT ready for what this heat and environment actually means and requires. Many of us go to higher ground and ride at times and distances we know will be bearable, not to maximize our riding experience or do new things necessarily. If you are planning to go to one of these places to ride in the dead of summer, look into the local boards and do a lot of research first.
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    One in my group was very close to heat stroke about a month ago. He was battling heat exhaustion. Cramps, slurred speech and vomiting. I had to tow him out and back to the parking lot. It was very scary and I never let on how worried I was but I was looking for a good spot to land the helicopter on the way out.
    When I was stationed at Camp Lejeune it seemed we lost a Marine a month during the summer to heat stroke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorB View Post
    One in my group was very close to heat stroke about a month ago. He was battling heat exhaustion. Cramps, slurred speech and vomiting. I had to tow him out and back to the parking lot. It was very scary and I never let on how worried I was but I was looking for a good spot to land the helicopter on the way out.
    When I was stationed at Camp Lejeune it seemed we lost a Marine a month during the summer to heat stroke.
    Yep, saw the same thing in PI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrasmak View Post
    I had a heat stroke 5 years ago on the race track with my sportbike. Bad things happen when you have a heat stroke at 130 mph.
    Ouch

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