DOGSLEDDING EMERGENCY SURVIVAL
This is a little page we made for
dogsledders. Other dogsledding sites tend to focus on
dogs, equipment, and sledding techniques. Here we've
tried to cover some things you need to know
for when things go wrong. And what to do if
you get stuck overnight when you planned to go just for
The winter scenery you encounter
as a dogsledder is stunning but there are dangers
lurking in this beautiful landscape.
Below you will find a list of items that you absolutely need to bring
with you anytime you dogsled out into the frozen wilderness.
Winter can be very dangerous and cruel, it can kill you or cripple you
for life. But if you are prepared for what can (and will happen sooner or
later) to any dogsledder you will get through it with no problem.
If you bring all the items on the list you will
get through a cold winter night in the woods not just alive
but also in pretty good shape. If you decide to skip some items
you could very well die out there and they won't find your body until
the spring thaw.
WINTER SURVIVAL ITEMS:
Such as a swiss army knife or a Leatherman tool.
You will need this to fix broken equipment, cut branches for a shelter,
cut wood for a fire. This item will always be used and if you don't have
at least a knife you might not make it.
You will need this to suspend firewood in the air to have a fire
to keep you warm. If the snow is deep you cannot make a fire directly on
the snow. Bring at least 10 ft (or 3 meters) of wire,
preferably stainless but regular will do fine too. If you are dogsledding in an
area that never has very deep snow you can skip this item.
screen with the wire and make sure it's anchored well on the snow or to
nearby vegetation or rocks and make you fire on top of it.
Perfect for fixing broken gear or to fix supports around a broken
leg. Even if you don't break your legs or your gear duct tape
will still come in handy for fixing pretty much anything.
|| Perfect emergency food.
Very light weight and full of energy. In an emergency you just need lots
of energy, don't worry so much about vitamins. Bring about 3 cups of rice
per person per day you think you will spend in worst case.|
|SMALL COOKING POT WITH LID
||To boil water to keep you warm and to
cook rice to eat. If your pot has a lid it will
heat water more efficiently.|
|WOOD POWERED CAMP
|You need to bring a stove, no question about it, your
best source of heat will be drinking plenty of hot water and you need
a stove to boil all that water, without a stove you're dead for sure. What
ever you do, don't bring a propane stove or any type of stove that runs
on gas or liquid fuel. Gas and liquid stoves work fast and efficiently
but they have a number of problems that only show up in cold temperatures,
propane stoves sometimes simply don't ignite if it gets too cold,
they also have moving parts and complex nozzles that can get jammed or
clogged by ice. Relying on a propane or liquid fuel stove in the
winter is suicide. You need a very simple wood stove with absolutely
no moving parts such as the Trailstove (click
for website). These types
of stoves are slower to cook on than propane stoves but they
|LIGHTERS AND MATCHES
|Bring plenty of lighters and
matches. Lighters are very small and light so bringing extra ones in
case one doesn't work is a very good idea. Without means to make fire you
will freeze to death. You can try to make fire like a caveman by spinning
a stick against a piece of wood but that is a skill that takes practice to
learn and if you don't already have that skill you'll freeze to death
before you have it figured out. |
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