Cold Weather, Hypothermia Challenge Occupy Denver

Author: October 28, 2011 1:04 pm

Through rain, through sleet, through, Wall St.'s not getting anymore of our dough!

As winter rapidly approaches, the greatest challenge to the Occupy movement will be the weather. Occupy Denver has already started to contend with this as the temperature dropped to 20 degrees and snow has covered the city. Already, several protesters have been treated for hypothermia and it only promises to get worse from here. Despite this, the group has rededicated itself to toughing it out.

View some pictures of the first snowfall here. 

The ranks will thin out but the protesters are prepared for this. Many are beginning to refer to it as their “Valley Forge moment” in reference to the brutal winter George Washington and the Continental Army endured in 1777-1778. They are preparing accordingly by soliciting professional winter gear or seeking temporary indoor locations in cities, like Boston, that are subject to some of the more vicious winters. Some are even getting advice from many of the homeless that have taken up residence at the camps. An expert is an expert when it comes to survival!

The real hazard for the movement will be “concern trolling” from city officials who may decide that it’s too “dangerous” for the protesters and will attempt to disperse them “for their own good.”

Regardless, winter will test the Occupy movement like nothing else. If it survives the harsh weather (and it will) it will have a claim to legitimacy that the Tea Party could never hope to match. At the end of every Tea Party rally, they got back on their scooters or Koch-funded air conditioned buses and went home. Occupy will have faced down police brutality, mayors and governors in the pocket of the 1% and Old Man winter himself to make their point. The Tea Party talks the talk but Occupy will walk the walk.

Read more about how the 99% plans to beat the odds here.

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  • 1st, get rid of the cotton. As the old timers say (and I’m one of them),”cotton kills”. It absorbs water and your body expends tons of heat trying to dry them out. If you have to wear natural fibers wool is what you want. If you are ok with synthetics then polar fleece or something similar is unbeatable. With a little looking you can find stuff made out of recycled material.Hats, gloves and wool hats… of course. Two light pairs of wool or synthetic socks are better than one heavier pair. Waterproof boots are ok but breathable ones are better. Got the cash or a good second hand store? Look for gore-tex. If not leather boots with sealant on them will breath better and you won’t have sweat condensing inside your footwear and making you cold.

    Winter is tough but not unbearable. And in th e end, if conditions deteriorate to the danger status, get your butts indoors somewhere. After all, do you think that Tea Party Nation strays far from their Snuggies and TV when the weather gets demanding?

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