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  • Senior Field Camp, 2010Photo D. Warburton SFC 1985

  • **DatesDepart May 21Return June 30Return date could be modified due to adverse conditions

  • **Travel ArrangementsTravel will be in mini-vans rented under the State of Florida ContractCurrently there are 13 students, 4 staffFour vans will travel in convoyThere will be radios in each vanCar top carriers will be used for all vans

  • **DriversAssignments are for initial drive onlyCircumstances may dictate making changesPrimary drivers are:Dr. PetuchDr. OleinikCindy Shaw, GTAWilliam Wright

  • Faculty Arrivals and DeparturesDr. Comas will be flying to Durango on June 5th, and will remain with the group though June 17thDr. Petuch will leave the group on June 20th, just before the SW Tour, in order to go to a conference*

  • **Overnight Accommodations - CampingStudents and staff will camp for the travel portions of the camp, and for overnight excursions arrangements have been madefor civilized campgrounds in most casesRunning water (at least in the rest rooms)Most have hot water showersMost have electricity in restrooms hair dryers, shavers, etc. will workSome sites may not have potable water

  • **Lunch on the OutcropHave food and be prepared to eat on the outcropStudents eating lunch at I-75 outcropPhoto: Anton Oleinik - JFC03Breakfast and dinner in the CG

  • **Things Not To DoDo Not Bring or Acquire:Any type of gun or weaponAny type of illegal drugs or contrabandFireworksViolators are subject to grade penalty, including an F in the course and dismissal from the courseAnyone dismissed from the camp will be asked to leave at their own expense

  • **Camping EquipmentYou must bring your own tent and sleeping bag tents may be shared by private arrangement among studentsDepartment has large coolers, stoves, and lamps and each van will have one of each do not bring coolers or stovesStudents should form cooking groups, and coordinate stoves, pots. pans, utensils, etc. we need to bring enough gear to get the job done

  • *Excess GearExcess gear is in the vanthe more you bring, the less room there is, and the more the gear gets metamorphosedSamples are acquired during the trip, so more material will be brought back than you initially left withExperience on JFC should be a guide as to what is needed and what is not

  • Department EquipmentYou will be issued a Brunton compass at the beginning of field campYou are responsible for the return of the compass in good working order at the end of campLoss of the compass or any other department equipment assigned to you will result in a bill for replacement of the equipment, and a hold may be placed on your records until the bill is paid*

  • **ClimateExpect lows in the mid 20s to low 30s at the begiining of the time in DurangoHighs can easily reach the 80s and may be considerably higher during the SW Tour

  • **Dress for the OccasionDress in layers thermal underwear may be usefulPhoto: Anton Oleinik - JFC03

  • *Pre Trip Itinerary May 20Thursday, May 20, 2010 Noon all primary drivers outside PS 355 to arrange van pickupPick up vans, return to FAU and get parking decals

  • *Pre Trip Itinerary May 20 continuedEveryone should bring the bulk of their gear to FAU not later than 2 p.m. Do not bring perishables or expensive equipmentCar top carriers will be installedGear will be loaded

  • Parking Lot 37*

  • *Pre Trip Itinerary May 20Primary drivers should arrange to take vans home Thursday nightCindy will secure ice for all vans to pre cool the coolersDriving guides with information for the entire trip will be distributed to all participants

  • **Departure Day ItineraryDepart Friday May 21 Arrive FAU at 6:00 a.m. to finish packing vans Depart FAU at 7:00 a.m.Those arriving late will see dust..Finish loading vansDistribute additional ice to coolers and load them with perishable goods

  • *Departure Day TravelTravel up Floridas turnpike to I-75, then up I-75 and I-10 to Big Lagoon State Park, FLLunch at a rest area bring your own foodTotal distance is about 652 milesEstimated travel time is about 10 hoursYou will gain one hour due to change to Central Daylight timeFour CG sites are reserved

  • May 10 Route Map*

  • *Saturday, May 22You will be traveling from Big Lagoon SP in Florida to Palmetto State Park, TexasTotal Distance 671 mi about 10 and a half hoursDr. Roberts said the park has a good supply of water moccasins, so watch where you step One group and three CG sites are reserved

  • *Water MoccasinA type of pit viper (subfamily Crotalinae), so named because of the characteristic sensory pit between each eye and nostrilThe water moccasin inhabits marshy lowlands of the southeastern United States Also known as the cottonmouth because it threatens with the mouth open, showing the white interiorUp to 1.5 m (5 feet) long and is brown with darker crossbands or completely blackA dangerous snake with a potentially lethal bite, it tends to stand its ground when alarmed

  • Water Moccasin Photo* Water moccasins swim with their entire body on top of the water Water Moccasin (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

  • *May 22 Travel

  • *Sunday, May 23You will be traveling from Palmetto State Park to Carlsbad RV park, Carlsbad, NMYou will stay three nights sites are reservedThey have free Wi-FiTotal distance: 513 miles - about 8 hours 46 minutesYou will gain one hour due to change to Mountain Daylight time

  • *May 23 Travel

  • Camping in the DesertShake out shoes or boots BEFORE you put them on critters may have crawled in (scorpions, black widows, etc.)Watch where you walk rattlesnakes generally wont attack, but they do get upset when stepped on*

  • *Monday and Tuesday, May 24-25Guadalupe Mountain NP Project You will be hiking, so have boots availableYou need to carry water, this is very dry countryHyperthermia, which is serious and sometimes fatal, can result from improper fluid intakeYou will be climbing at moderate altitude take rest stops as needed

  • Hiking BootsHiking boots should be broken in prior to field campPeople who attempt to break in boots on camp usually end up breaking in their feet instead, with large, painful blistersIn case blisters develop, you should carry moleskin with you apply at first sign of blister formation*

  • Applying MoleskinIf the blister is in an area where pressure is applied, such as on the bottom of your foot, protect it with a doughnut-shaped moleskin padLeave the area over the blister openUntreated blisters may become infected*

  • *Hyperthermia, aka Heat StrokeHyperthermia is an acute condition which occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipateIt is usually due to excessive exposure to heatThe heat-regulating mechanisms of the body eventually become overwhelmed and unable to effectively deal with the heat, and body temperature climbs uncontrollablyThis is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention

  • DehydrationOne of the body's most important methods of temperature regulation is perspirationProcess draws heat from inside, allowing it to be carried off by radiation or convectionEvaporation of the sweat furthers cooling, since this endothermic process draws yet more heat from the bodyWhen the body becomes sufficiently dehydrated to prevent the production of sweat this avenue of heat reduction is closedWhen the body is no longer capable of sweating core temperature begins to rise swiftly*

  • Signs of HyperthermiaConfusion and/or hostilityHeadacheApparent intoxication Blood pressure may drop significantly from dehydration, leading to possible fainting or dizziness, especially if the victim stands suddenlyHeart rate and respiration rate will increase as blood pressure drops and the heart attempts to supply enough oxygen to the bodySkin will become red as blood vessels dilate in an attempt to increase heat dissipationDecrease in blood pressure will cause blood vessels to contract as heat stroke progresses, resulting in a pale or bluish skin colorComplaints of feeling hot may be followed by chills and trembling, as is the case in feverAcute dehydration such as that accompanying heat stroke can produce nausea and vomiting; temporary blindness may also be observed. *

  • *Hyperthermia PreventionDrink plenty of fluids - do not wait until you are thirsty to drinkHalf a gallon per person should be sufficient if weather is not too hot In hot weather a gallon per person per dayYou need to replenish salts Isotonic drinks (aka Gatorade) will do thisYou can also carry and take salt tablets, but use cautiously. Excessive salt is also dangerous.

    Photo D. Warburton SFC 1984

  • Hyperthermia TreatmentBody temperature must be lowered immediatelyVictim should be moved to a cool area (indoors, or at least in the shade) and clothing removed to promote heat loss (passive cooling)Active cooling methods may be usedVictim may be bathed in cool waterCold compresses to the torso, head, neck, and groin will help cool the victimA fan may be used to aid in evaporation of the water (evaporative method).Immersion in ice or cold water is dangerous as this may cause vasoconstriction in the skin, preventing heat from escaping the body coreIntravenous hydration (via a drip) is necessary if the victim is confused, unconscious, or unable to tolerate oral fluids*

  • *RattlesnakesRattlesnakes are pit vipers (subfamily Crotalinae)i.e., they have a small heat-sensing pit between each eye and nostril that aids in hunting. The rattle, their outstanding feature, is composed of horny, loosely connected segments, added one at a time, with each skin shedding. Presumably a warning device,