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The Wilderness Survivor, Issue #019 - Winter survival tip
December 06, 2005
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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?
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Winter survival tipGood 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 updatedNew more good content have been added or updated to the Wilderness Survival Skills website the last month. Last update is:
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