Sun Exposure in the Mountains
Exposure to the sun is 40% greater above timberline and 75% greater if there is snow on the ground!   Why?

The best filter for the burning ultraviolet rays, both type A and B, is the atmosphere and at 10,000 feet there is 40% less atmosphere. Snow reflects nearly 85% of the sun's damaging rays thus increase your chances of sunburn.

Recently this advice appeared in an internet news group message:
  1. Bring and wear sunscreen.
  2. Bring and wear suntan lotion.
  3. Bring and wear sun block.
  4. Don't leave your bare skin exposed to the sun.
There is a lot of truth in the above advice.

To decrease your exposure:
  • Avoid the sun between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M., when its rays are strongest.
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 that shields both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, even on cloudy days.
  • Wear protective, tightly woven clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt and pants.
  • Wear a hat with a four-inch-wide brim and sunglasses, even when walking short distances.
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible.
  • Avoid reflective surfaces; they can reflect up to 85 % of the sun's damaging rays.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing quality sunglasses that filter both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Protect children by keeping them out of the sun, minimizing sun exposure, and applying sunscreens beginning at six months of age.


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