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From: (SwampQueen CHAUVIN)
Subject: [Q-R] WINNIPEG MANITOBA
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 17:08:51 -0600 (CST)
By Roberta Rampton WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - During a cold stretch
that had many Canadians scurrying indoors, a researcher known as
"Professor Popsicle" has found humans can successfully spend days on end
in the bitter cold.
Gordon Giesbrecht has spent the past 26 days skiing the isolated, frozen
expanse of Lake Winnipeg as part of his research for the University of
Manitoba on how the body copes with the cold.
Temperatures averaged 15 degrees below zero and dipped as low as 31
below during his 240-mile trek on cross-country skis.
"Now when I'm outside and it's -25 C (113 Fahrenheit), it's not really a
big problem," he told Reuters by satellite phone on Monday night from
his small tent on the world's tenth largest lake.
"This has been more a test of just dealing with the cold and living with
it, and getting your clothing and your actions coordinated so that you
don't end up getting frostbite or anything," explained Giesbrecht.
Soft, deep snow made for some tough slogging with his backpack and sled
carrying his food and gear. On two mornings, Giesbrecht emerged from his
tent to find the wind so fierce that his tent was almost flat.
"The most vulnerable time of the day is when you are trying to set up
your tent, and I was not about to take that chance," he wrote on a Web
site updated by his family.
Other than numb fingertips, which will likely take a month to return to
normal, Giesbrecht said he feels fine.
But he said the first thing he plans to do when he returns to Winnipeg
on Tuesday is to jump into a hot tub. "It's going to feel great," he
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving
safely in a pretty and
well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used
up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming WOW! What a Ride!!
MY RANDI' SITE:
Take time to laugh, for it is the music of the soul.
DANSE ET VILLE PLATTE WALTZ
I not only Believe in Miracles~I Rely on Them:)
Question of the century: Why is it that our children can't read a Bible
in school, but they can in prison?
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