Hey snowmobilers! Here's a page for you!
This site is mostly about what to do if you get stuck
in the snow overnight when you planned to go just for
the day. But also how to camp out in the snow.
Being a snowmobiler you are often rewarded
with beautiful winter scenery. But sometimes
you will encounter danger, this website will help
you deal with some of these dangers.
Below you will find a list of items that you
absolutely need to bring with you anytime
you snowmobile 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
snowmobiler 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.
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
snowmobiling in an area that never has very deep snow
you can skip this item.
Make a 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
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
||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
|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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