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The Wilderness Survivor, Issue #019 - Winter survival tip
December 06, 2005
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Table of contents

- Editor's Notes
- Have you heard about RSS feed?
- Winter survival tip
- Content has been updated

Editor's Notes

Hello ,

Hope all is well with you and you are ready for the Wilderness Survivor.

Itís winter time and Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. If you are living in the northern hemisphere and are venturing for the wilderness you have to be prepared for dark, cold and snow. Maybe a short winter survival tip could be of value to you?

Enjoy your reading!

Have a safe and fun wilderness trip - Respect and protect the wilderness !

Have you heard about RSS feed?

Then you probably know that for you it could mean Real Simple Subscribing Ė RSS !

RSS is a real simple way for you to subscribe and read the content published at the Wilderness Survival Skills and other of your favorite web sites. "Fast and easy"! No need to click "Get Mail."

It give you as a user total control. Donít want the subscription anymore? You delete it in a second. Total control includes total anonymity, no worries about giving out your e-mail address.

If you have not used RSS yet, you are in for a pleasant surprise...

RSS reader

First you need an RSS reader ! There is two different types of RSS reader. You can use a special software that reads the RSS feeds or a web based RSS reader. There is free version of both alternatives.

Do you want a free RSS reader?

How it works

For each new addition to the web site you receive the updates immediately through your RSS reader. You will see the headline, a short description and a link for you to click, IF you want to read the whole page.

You will see the content without needing to visit the site. That allows you to scan efficiently. Because I guess you will subscribe to more RSS feed then from the web site.

Why do you need an RSS reader? Because each RSS feed is in a non-HTML format called XML. RSS readers can interpret and display that coding, but Web browsers can't. Soon, RSS/XML readers will be part of every browser and e-mail software. But for now, you need a separate reader.

Lets get started!

Visit the Wilderness Survival Skills web site and look for the little orange XML/RSS button!

Winter survival tip

Good preparation is essential for all wilderness travel and especially in winter time. Take special care of your winter clothing.

Winter is a season of extremes and many unexpected things can happen during a winter wilderness trip. Even experienced winter wilderness adventurers can get caught by weather or an equipment failure. But applying some winter survival basics you will be safe.

If you are caught out overnight the most important thing is to keep yourself dry and warm. So one of your highest priorities is to find or construct a shelter.

Winter Survival Shelters

You need a shelter that will turn away the wind and keep snow and rain out.

Select a site that is dry and have as little snow as possible. Look for higher ground, a flat location, with lots of tree. Such an area will provide relief from direct wind and snow, as well as an ample supply of material for shelter building.

If thereís no chance to reach higher ground, build a floor using dead branches or stones. Don't stay in shelters that get damp or waterlogged.

Use available materials to get a roof over your head. Be creative.

Maybe you can make use of natural cover? A medium-sized tree may have pockets in the snow beneath a branch. Try digging under any tree with spreading branches in the lee side. If you have the rights tools you can build a shelter constructed from blocks of snow, an igloo.

After you've built your shelter, get a fire going. Make something hot to drink. Evaluate your situation.

Keeping your body warm

Don't over-exert yourself while building your shelter, or while doing anything else for that matter. Pace your activity to avoid perspiration, if not you risk making yourself even colder as your sweat starts to freeze.

If itís raining or snowing, put on an emergency poncho to protect your clothes. Try to keep your boots, socks and feet dry as well.

Content has been updated

New more good content have been added or updated to the Wilderness Survival Skills website the last month. Last update is:

Wilderness First Aid Kits

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Written by Erik C. Falk

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