Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • olyclimber

      WELCOME TO THE CASCADECLIMBERS.COM FORUMS   02/03/18

      We have upgraded to new forum software as of late last year, and it makes everything here so much better!  It is now much easier to do pretty much anything, including write Trip Reports, sell gear, schedule climbing related events, and more. There is a new reputation system that allows for positive contributors to be recognized,  it is possible to tag content with identifiers, drag and drop in images, and it is much easier to embed multimedia content from Youtube, Vimeo, and more.  In all, the site is much more user friendly, bug free, and feature rich!   Whether you're a new user or a grizzled cascadeclimbers.com veteran, we think you'll love the new forums. Enjoy!
Sign in to follow this  
billbob

Fire vs Synthetics

Recommended Posts

Didja know that if your synthetic clothing catches fire it will stick to your skin as it continues to burn? Yup.

The ER doc tried using a scalpel to get the melted stuff out but called it off after an hour. Plastic and skin were fused into a strange and ugly substance. Apparently it is just better to wrap it all up and wait, scrub daily to avoid infection.

 

 

burn_hand-2_Feb4_2011.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

worse yet is synthetic underwear. In the navy, we were required to wear cotton only undies. Not that they checked. But imagine the synthetic goop on the junk!

 

That photo of the hand is sick. what is the story?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, we know. That's why they wear cotton or wool in the military. What the heck happened to you though? That looks damn painful. Hope it didn't get on your face.

 

BTW, Mythbusters recently did this test where they used pepper spray and an tazer to see if they could ignite someone. I didn't see the whole show, but do know that the police have torched a couple folks. The choice of clothing played a roll, with fleece and some other synthetic being the least flame resistant. They used a dummy wire rack in place of actual flesh like you seem to have done. Ouch!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

jeebus dood! wtf?

 

had 3rd degree burns all over my hands after an hour of rage at my boy scout camp when i was 14 - scout master pissed me off, so i set his "leadership flag" on fire - he'd made it out of some synthetic cloth, and when it started to ignite the wooden frame aroudn it, in the middle of the woods, i freaked and tried bashing it down w/ my flashlight, only to have the whole melting, gobby mess collapse around my hand and start sizzling in - later, the comical and obvious handshadow burned into the flashlight was a family heirloom :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was naked at the time. Looking back it seems most fortunate that my hand was the only casualty. Coulda been much worse.

 

It was really surprising how quickly the fire spread. Just bang and whoosh.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I was naked at the time.

As you aren't going to spill the whole can of beans we'll have to let our imaginations run crazy:-) That there indicates some real potential for kinkiness. I'm imagining some 151 Bacardi Gold was involved. She must be off the hook crazy. 8D

 

 

 

:shock:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Friend of mine almost did something like that sleeping around a fire at a forced bivy - the back of his (borrowed) nylon rain coat puddled and ran and the old style pile jacket underneath developed a huge charred spot.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I was naked at the time.

As you aren't going to spill the whole can of beans we'll have to let our imaginations run crazy:-) That there indicates some real potential for kinkiness. I'm imagining some 151 Bacardi Gold was involved. She must be off the hook crazy. 8D

 

 

 

:shock:

I was thinking the same thing... Looks like a terrible burn but now we are sure wondering what the scoup is... :o

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×