Here's some information about how to camp out in
the snow. And also on what to do if you get stuck
overnight when you planned to go just for the day.
Being a snowshoer 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 snowshoe 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
snowshoer 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:
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.
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
snowshoeing 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
fixing a broken snowshoe or to fix supports around a
broken leg. Even if you don't break your legs or
your snowshoes 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
||SMALL COOKING POT WITH
To boil water to
keep you warm and to cook rice to eat. If your pot
has a lid it will heat water more
WOOD POWERED CAMP STOVE
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
The trailstove is
also a perfect heat beacon in case you need to be
located by a rescue aircraft. Rescuers use infrared
goggles to look for people from airplanes or
helicopters, they look for heat emitting objects such as
human bodies, if you have a burning trailstove they will
see it much easier than a human body and you will
have a better chance of getting rescued.
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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