Group shelters are windproof bags designed for use by anyone undertaking outdoor activities: paddling, walking, climbing etc. exposed to the elements. They are not completely waterproof but they are windproof (NB a completely waterproof shelter is not necessarily desirable as it will cause considerable condensation). A Group Shelter can be quickly pulled over the heads of the group when they are sitting in a huddle on their rucksacks and pull right down to the ground. It quickly provides warmth in the most hostile of conditions and can be used for anything from simple lunch stops to more serious situations.
A storm shelter could be a life saver in an emergency situation. If you or one of your group could not walk, the first priority is to remove the casualty from the harsh external environment, especially if wet or windy. That way you will protect the casualty from getting any wetter, and cooling by convection will stop immediately, thus stopping or slowing the onset of hypothermia. Perhaps first aid needs to be administered or you need to call for and wait for help to arrive, but it’s clear that keeping as dry as possible is key to preventing heat loss. Having company for the casualty, as opposed to being stuck into a single person survival bag, can also be great for morale as well as providing heat from everyone in the shelter.
Stopping for lunch in a storm shelter has got many safety elements attached to it. If the conditions are poor you won't want to stop for lunch and would rather press on but it's just those kind of conditions that hypothermia uses to creep up on you. Another favourite of hypothermia is that your energy levels are depleted as you've not eaten enough, i.e. you've not taken on enough calories for the demands of the activity so far and what's left to do. Thus, stopping in a storm shelter not only gives you some time to rest, you can also stay dry in the process and take on calories. It's a win situation all round, and the combination of which will keep you that much safer for the remainder of the day.
You may think that carrying a storm shelter is a bit excessive, but once you've used one you'll wonder how you managed for so many years without one, and that assumes that you've not had a long wait to be rescued or an enforced overnight stop in the middle of nowhere.
Endless River Group Shelters. Our high visibility Group Shelters are made from 2oz rip-stop Nylon provide a lightweight piece of essential survival kit for expeditions and group leaders.The air vent aids good air circulation whilst the draw cord rim helps heat retention.
Endless River Group Shelters are available in 2 sizes:
Small 3 person £43 Packed weight 385gs
Large 10 person £67 Packed weight 725gs
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