I have no hope of listing everything or even a majority of what I’ve read on just this subject. I read most of it too long ago and probably editions have been replaced, and probably new books have replaced old titles. I also read magazines that were reliable at the time, like Backpacker and Off Belay. While Backpacker is still being published, Off Belay is no longer. Regardless of what’s available now, I can’t recall enough to cite titles of most of what I read back then anymore. But here’s a start.


What I’ve Read

First Aid Manual was published with the support of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) (book link) in 2014 by DK Publishing (book link) (New York, N.Y.). (There are apparently nearly identical books published with the suppport of British and Irish organizations, likely with the same authorship.) See especially chapter 8.

Medicine for Mountaineering & Other Wilderness Activities, edited by James A. Wilkerson, M.D., Ernest E. Moore, M.D., and Ken Zafren, M.D., was published by The Mountaineers (book link) in . It describes standard medical practice that you might need to apply to mountain or river travel, where you often can get cold and be weeks from a doctor or hospital. See especially chapters 26, 28, and 30.

What I Haven’t Read But Would Likely Like

Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Other Cold Injuries: Prevention, Survival, Rescue, and Treatment, edited by Gordon Giesbrecht, Ph.D., and James A. Wilkerson, M.D., was published by The Mountaineers (book link) in . I have not read this but it has an editor who edited every edition of Medicine for Mountaineering, above, which is very good, and is from the same publisher, which is an outdoors organization which likes its enthusiasts to stay alive.

Literature you might want on the subject.

Websites of Interest

These websites have some interesting content, although I disagree with some of it:


Hiking organizations:

General retailers of outdoor products:

General information: