Thanks for the comment Fredd. I know this is a problem out there. My Grandfather was a guide in the Bob Marshal Wilderness and worked outside for years with little protection. He too had problems with skin cancer. An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a POUND of Cure!
The pictures alone should convince people to take this seriously! Many people don't know that risk of sunburn is greater at higher altitudes even if it's not that hot. In my early 20's, I used to slap on that oil all summer and get about as dark as I could. Nowadays, although I still bask a little, it's SPF 30 all day in the mountains and usually after about half an hour in the backyard.
maybe you can describe alternative ways of protecting oneself from the sun too. Like what I used on a trip a couple weeks back in lieu of sunglasses :)
Other interesting sub-topics are sun-sensitizing plants like cow parsnip, and genetic predisposition to UV damage (from red hair and blue eyes all the way to familial melanoma)
Already addressed the gentic predisposition hair eyes etc. Certainly need to keep in mind.
I am sure there are a lot of other ways to protect yourself that I have not covered. Thanks for the cool picture. If you want you can attach it to the page.
... since I use:
Piz Buin Mountain SPF 50 Extreme Sun Cream
I tried all kind of different stuff before, but this is the best!
The photo of "shades for the eyes" show a lens you can easily see through - not my idea of good mountaineering eyewear.
I have to wear prescription lenses and it is very difficult to find good ones that are dark enough. I think the selection now-days is not the best.
Sometimes I get a sunburn on my forehead because I can't put sunscreen on it or else it will run down into my eyes as I sweat. Even with a hat, the sun reflecting off the snow will get ya. Know of any sunblock that will not run when you are sweating?
Thanks for the comments.
There is a photo of a decent pair of Jublo included in the article. I added the shades and hat to help identify the importance of wearing a hat with a brim to protect from the sun. A full brim would be better but who can stand those things?
As far as sun screen. I am using Coppertone Sport Faces. The label says it won't run into the eyes. I don't know if that's true beacuse hasn't been raining in Montana thus no opportunity to sweat.
Coppertone Sport Faces is rated at 50 SPF and guards against UVA and UVB. It is supposed to be waterproof as well.
I experienced UV keratitis this past weekend after long exposure, at high altitude on a snowfield. I learned the hard way about protecting one's eyes!