“The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death” by Peter Stark, Outside Magazine
Today, for all my fellow New Englanders battling close-to-zero temperatures: a fascinating story from Outside Magazine about how freezing to death works.
It was a mistake, you realize, to come out on a night this cold. You should turn back. Fishing into the front pocket of your shell parka, you fumble out the map. You consulted it to get here; it should be able to guide you back to the warm car. It doesn’t occur to you in your increasingly clouded and panicky mental state that you could simply follow your tracks down the way you came.