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Staying cool



I can’t remember a summer this hot, although to be fair my short-term memory is not all that great.

Let’s just say I can’t remember a summer this hot since I moved to Whistler three years ago.

Suddenly I’m wearing a T-shirt and shorts IN THE NIGHTTIME! I carry a fan from work to home to work again in my backpack. I’m tossing and turning because it’s so hot in the house.

The bike trails, which usually fluctuate between soft mud and slightly harder mud, are literally turning to dust and blowing away – not that you can ride them between nine in the morning and five at night without coming down with heat stroke.

As a pure-blooded Canadian with maple syrup in my veins and a rich pelt of fur, I’m not what you would call good in the heat. I’m prone to sunburns, dehydration, seeing spots before my eyes and passing out.

Fortunately I’m not alone in this. While most locals are frolicking on beaches and letting it all hang out on nude docks, we have lain around, wrapped in wet towels and sucking on pieces of ice waiting for the sun to go down so we can go outside.

As always, the Internet is loaded with useful information on how to cope with the heat, and distractions for when it’s just too hot to go outside.

Being outside…

Working and playing outdoors during the summer can lead to sunburns, dehydration and, in extreme cases, heatstroke.


It might take a while to type in this URL, but it’s a great starting point to understand the physiological and mental effects of heat on a human body at rest, at work and at play. Follow the links for more information.

With last year’s death of Korey Stringer – an offensive tackle on the Minnesota Vikings who died during summer training – coaches, athletes and medical personnel are taking the issue of heat-related illnesses more seriously than ever before. As a result you can probably zero in on some information that is specific to your needs.


This is an interesting article on how the Canadian Cycling Team handled the heat at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, a city known for it’s hot weather and humidity. The cyclists won five medals that year, so there must be something to it.

More importantly, it’s specifically about cycling, which is where you’ll find a lot of Whistler residents on a sunny afternoon.