Summary: Proper preparation can mean life or death in any emergency situation. If you find yourself in a scenario where you need to survive in the snow, your primary concern is to keep warm and find shelter.
A snowy environment is considered to be one of the most dangerous because it has the greatest risk to life if a person is ill equipped to withstand the freezing cold. If you are planning to go camping in winter weather it is important that you learn and prepare some important strategies on how to survive in the snow. There is a saying it is better to come prepared and not need to use it rather than be faced with an emergency situation where you literally have no idea on how you will survive. Here is a quick guide on emergency survival in the snow.
Preparation is Key
Preparation can save your life. This means that before trekking out in snowy weather you need to have the proper winter clothing and gear in order to protect yourself from the freezing cold. On top of a reliable winter jacket you also need to bring lots of clothing to layer it on your body for added warmth. You need to protect your head from the cold by wearing winter head protection gear as well as goggles to shield your eyes from a snowy blizzard. For your shoes make sure they are intended for winter weather and are water resistant. Your hands should always be protected from the freezing cold. This can be done through the use of winter gloves.
When faced with an emergency situation in the snow, keeping warm is essential for you to survive and your companion’s survival. If it is possible get to the nearest shelter and light a fire in order to keep warm. If all you have is wilderness look for a tall tree with enough leaves and branches so that it can form a canopy against the falling snow. If you are with a group make sure to account for all your companions. Huddle together so that your combined body heat would be able to generate enough heat to stabilize your body temperatures. Keep yourselves protected from frost bite. If you find that you are losing sensation on your fingers and toes this means that circulation in those body parts have stopped. If you do not address this, your extremities will die. Try to create friction in order to produce heat by rubbing your hands and feet frequently. If your clothes are wet, look for some dry leaves and place them inside your clothing to create insulation and warmth. Do not panic. Assess the situation and act accordingly based on your training and survival instincts.
Summary: A snow blizzard is basically a severe type of snow storm. The primary goal when stuck in a blizzard is to keep warm. Assess the situation, stay put and if possible call the authorities.
Each year there is a record number of people that have lost their lives because they were not prepared to survive in a snow blizzard. Below zero temperatures are not uncommon during blizzards; this is the primary reason why you should know some important tips for survival should you find yourself stuck in the middle of a severe snow storm.
Your number one enemy when it comes to blistering cold weather like in snow blizzards is hypothermia. When your body temperature drops, your vital functions begin to slow down and soon you will eventually die if you are not able to arrest the deteriorating situation. If you are in the wilderness try to quickly find shelter. If your clothes are not keeping you warm enough, grab as many dry leaves as you can and place them inside your existing clothing. This will help create an insulating pocket that will help stabilize your body temperature. If you happen to find yourself stuck in your vehicle during a snow blizzard the same principles apply. Try to keep warm. Look for some blankets and huddle together if you have others with you. Your combined body heat will keep you warm and prevent freezing. If you happen to notice that your hands and feet are pale and beginning to feel numb then you are experiencing the first symptoms of frost bite. Create friction by rubbing your hands and feet constantly in order to induce circulation and prevent the circulation of blood from freezing.
Panic Only Makes it Worse
Do not panic because this will only make your current situation worse. Try to look for whatever resources you have with you like food and water as well as a flashlight or an emergency kit. If you are stuck in your car during a blizzard, use your car to keep warm. Call 911 and inform authorities where your location is so that they can get to you as soon as possible. Keep your vehicle lights on so that other cars that are traversing the road would be able to see you. Try to drive by the side of the road for better safety against oncoming cars.
If you are in the wilderness and there is a blizzard, try to look for a cave or any place where you can take refuge. Start a fire immediately in order to keep warm and call authorities to inform them of your situation. Do not attempt to walk through a snow blizzard because not only is it dangerous you also stand the chance of getting lost because of the zero visibility.
Summary: When camping in the snowy mountains make sure that you are protected from the freezing cold by bringing the necessary survival gear with you. Make sure that you know first aid and basic life support in case of emergencies.
Anyone who has experienced the great outdoors will know the importance of being prepared when it comes to survival strategies. One of the most unforgiving climates is winter. If you are planning a snowy mountain trek you need to be prepared for whatever eventuality that may happen to you or your fellow campers. Here are some tips on how to survive in the snowy mountains.
Stay Calm and Keep Warm
If you happen to find yourself in an emergency situation while camping in the snowy mountains the number one thing that you should take care of is to avoid exposure to the freezing cold. Hypothermia is a real danger that has taken the lives of many people who have camped out during winter. Depending on where you are, it is highly possible that if there is a snow storm, temperatures can drop very quickly. Before you head out ensure that you have packed enough layers of clothing in order to protect you from the freezing cold. Make sure that the jacket and gear you have brought along is meant to be used for blizzard weather conditions. When faced with an emergency situation do not panic because this will only make you take terrible decisions that can mean your life if you are not careful. Assess the situation carefully and check out the available resources that you have. If you have trouble keeping warm in the freezing cold, use your surroundings to create some insulation. Find some dry leaves and place them inside your clothes. The insulating air pocket that is created will contribute to keep your body temperature stable until you can get to better shelter.
One of the things that you need to avoid when camping in the snowy mountains is frostbite. This condition most often occurs on your extremities such as your toes and fingers. If you happen to begin to lose sensation in your hands and feet, rub them frequently together.
When camping out in the snowy mountains make sure that you have a first aid kit and some emergency medications. Take a course on basic life support so that you may be able to help others that require immediate attention. Always inform authorities where you are going and do not deviate from your destination without informing people where you will be so that in an emergency they will know which area to search. These are just some of the things to keep in mind when camping out in the snowy mountains.
Summary: Snowstorms are common in America’s North-eastern parts. While almost every year many people lose their lives when they get engulfed by the storms, surviving these harsh climatic conditions isn’t that difficult either. Planning beforehand and stocking up the essential commodities, food items, medicines, lighting and heating alternatives, fire extinguishers, etc. before the winter arrives, can help you get through the tough times with ease. Go through the guidelines released by CDC.
People living in the North-eastern regions of USA are well aware of the fact that snow and snowstorms are common during the winters. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has time and again provided the public loads of information and data on how to survive extreme cold and chilly condition, especially during the winter snowstorms. CDC has also provided guides to promote personal safety and health during such conditions. So the first advice from my side is to visit the nearest CDC center and grab some of those valuable documents and read them in your free time.
Some important guidelines to observe:-
Winters always come with an entirely different mood every year. However, you can expect at least one powerful snow storm every year. If you are well equipped then you can easily get through it. Even if you are stuck indoors during the snowstorms, you can have an enjoyable time and still be safe. For that, you need to ensure that your home is winter ready and can withstand the harsh North-eastern winters. Before winter arrives and you start running the furnace on a regular basis, check out whether it is proper and fully functional. Moreover, your home should be well-insulated too. Keep 1-2 fire extinguishers readily available. They can come in handy if any fire breaks out. Keep with you some alternate lighting and heating sources as power outage is common during heavy snowstorms. Light lamps, candles, etc. can be very useful during such times.
Planning ahead of winters can not only save your life, but that of your family members too. Planning in advance never fails. Rush to the nearest stores for provisions. Stock up those basic items and commodities that are an essential part of your daily life. Stocking up milk, bread, snacks, toilet paper, etc. will ensure that you don’t face any difficulty once the snowstorm gets bad. If your locality faces a blizzard storm, then you might not be able to go to the stores for several days. Hence, make sure that you stock up enough food to pass the storming days. If you are on medications, don’t forget to store up the necessary and vital medicines before snowfall starts. During storms, temperature drops significantly. Hence, stoking up alcoholic drinks and meat-based food items (especially pork or beef) can be a good idea.
If the snowstorm turns bad then you may get stuck indoors for several days. During such times, things can become very boring. Stock up some munchies, coffee bags, etc. to fend off boredom. Stock up commodities that can be helpful in playing games or other fun activities. Lastly, keep a close eye on the weather reports. You should know what’s going around. The weather reports will keep you informed about the scenario outside.
Summary: Snow camping is a never to miss opportunity in a person’s life. To enjoy the words of Mother Nature, Snow Mountains are the best choice. With proper planning and techniques one can enjoy snow camping without getting caught in harsh weather conditions.
People who enjoy silence will also love the eternity of snow. There are many pastimes in winter like skating and snowboard yet the thrill in snow camping is unmatchable. Many people do not love to camp as they perceive that they will would freeze and die, but you cannot enjoy the rewards unless you risk. If you wish to enjoy the eternal silence in snow you have to step out and camp. Perhaps with proper techniques and equipment you can safely enjoy the winter wildness. It is worth a try as you enjoy all the pleasures like dry housing, rare wild life species, and untracked powder skiing without much crowd. This article guides you to snow camp and shares some of the avalanche safety tips in the next few paragraphs.
How to Camp in Snow?
First step is to decide on the destination. Analyze your expectations and limitations then choose a place where you will be happy. If you are a lover of extreme weather conditions then choose such a place, of not choose a place with moderate weather conditions. Gather people of similar interests and plan a trip, never go alone. After choosing the destination, study the map and plan your route and mode of transport. Walking is the feasible option in snow.
Check the weather forecast; it is necessary to be aware of the minimum and maximum temperatures. Check if there are any alerts for storms. Dress up for a winter trip. It is necessary to be layered enough to keep yourself warm. Thermal inner wears, water proof jackets are necessary. Goggles, boots, gloves, hats and socks must definitely occupy your bag. Plan your shelter with right camping equipment. Take extra tent pole and take the right sleeping bag and insulation pad. Use a windshield broom to keep the tent warmer. Using an extra bag liner will also keep you warmth. The tent fly must be tight so that the snow slides off.
Communication devices, batteries and lights should also be carried with you. Pack the necessary food like canned soups and stews. Take enough beverages and always take extra. Firewood should never be out of supply. Winter storms are always unexecuted. To safeguard yourself from avalanche, avoid camping in slopes. Carry safety avalanche equipment like snow shovel, avalanche transceiver, probe, personal locator beacon and airbag packs. Practice using equipment. Always stay alert, bigger avalanches always follow the smaller slides. If get caught then grab the strongest tree. Avalanche is also expected after a snow fall. Stay out of drains as they are the natural pathways for avalanche. Wear an avalanche rescue beacon that signals the rescue team about the survival. If you get caught in the swept, then always try to reach the surface. Above all be patient and keep yourself alive for the rescue team.
Summary: If you survive an avalanche, you might get killed by hypothermia. Therefore, you need to know the techniques of combating both.
Remote and faraway places have always tickled man’s imagination. Their thirst for adventure has led them to distant places unknown to the urban world. Doing so, they have discovered innumerable nature’s treasure and held them close to their heart. Modern technology and equipment have made travel easier even to places held to be unreachable in the past. Be it a snow-capped mountain or the interiors of an ocean bed; today we can go almost anywhere. But dangers lurk and we got to be careful. Here we discuss about possible measures to survive an avalanche and protect ourselves from dangerous Hypothermia.
Here comes the avalanche…
Caught in an avalanche? Try and grab an immovable object with all your might. Let the snow pass. Chances are you won’t be buried alive; using a swimming or a rolling motion, work your way on to the side of the flow. Do not forget to keep your mouth and your nose wrapped with a sweater while you continue with your rolling motion. The moment you come to a stop, try and create air space. Put your hands in front of your face and fold your arms to create air space. This saves you for sure.
This you do when the snow has already come to a halt. Try and fold your arms in front your face as well as your chest. Spit out snow inside your mouth. Move one hand up to check if you can feel the air. This will help you dig out of the trap. Try digging with your hand only after you have kept a lot of breath inside. Conserve energy; you would need it in oodles. If you are spending a lot of time in the mountains, always carry avalanche beacons that are portable, small transceivers. They are really helpful.
The only protection against Hypothermia is prevention. Do not allow your body temperature to go below 95°F. Make sure you are insulated from the ground. Replace anything wet around you or in touch with your body. Keep your environment dry. Cover your head as a third of the body heat is lost through the head. Drink something warm. Get into your sleeping bag and cuddle up. Generally the victim is not able to do any of these things alone. He would need help. DO not allow the victim to fall asleep. Keep talking to him.
Best of Luck!
Summary: There are some basic techniques for survival in snow that you need to remember. You must find correct fire material, know how to build a shelter in snow, have an idea about how to search for food, etc.
Temperature in snow may drop as less as -60 degrees C. It can also eclipse freezing point. Travelling in such regions can be extremely tough upon your body. The highest risk is getting caught in a region where no proper shelter may be obtained for protecting from harsh elements. One more problem about traveling happens to be that the usage of compass in cold areas is usually not a good option because of the inaccuracy related to its proximity to magnetic pole. An ideal travel guide in such areas happens to be the sky. However, to utilize this method you need to travel in the frigid nights when you can see the stars.
A Look at Basic Survival Techniques in Snow
The key to locate quick shelter within cold region is to locate natural shelters such as ice formations or rocks that protect us from wind. Trees that act as protection from wind and that are free of heavy snow accumulation can also act as protection. If you are in an open region, usually the only choice available is to build a barrier for the elements like an igloo by using all the available ice and snow. Finding proper fire material can also pose significant challenge mainly if trees are not available. You can get fuel from your vehicle as a temporary means of fuel to make a fire.
Other options available include a plant material or animal fat that may be scavenged. One point to remember is you should be very careful while starting the fire near any snow/ice shelter since the heat may melt that structure quickly leaving you further exposed. Food source in cold regions may be a miss or hit. Usually, animals like squirrels and rabbits can be tracked easily by tracks within the snow. In case any hunting equipment or firearms is available, imitate prey animal sounds through a number of means like pursing your lips may aid a patient survivor to lure an animal near arms reach.
Coastal regions provide opportunities for seals as well as fishing which may be used for food and also for clothing and fuel. Look at holes in ice that can serve as breathing holes for diving seals. Many arctic plants usually are edible. Some noteworthy exceptions happen to be Hemlock and Baneberry that are poisonous. Know how they appear like. Locating a means of clean water can be the simplest task in snow regions because of the availability of plenty of fresh ice and snow to use as water. Melt this ice prior to consuming it. This keeps body temperature up. Boiling water helps to remove any organisms.
Summary: There are some prerequisites to survive in the snow. You should know how to make a snow dwelling, starting a fire, staying warm and dry are some of the key points to survive in snow.
Snow may imply your footprint is the only one accompanying you. This increases the beauty of your experience. However, before being cold and alone in the snow environment, it is important to understand the prerequisites of survival. Learning few snow weather survival techniques helps in saving your life. You must always have waterproof matches. You must practice how to start a fire in snow prior to going out in snow. Learn which tinder works even when it is wet. For instance, birch bark will burn even when wet. So also will the sap from spruces and pines. You may be having only some minutes prior to your fingers getting very cold to move, hence speed is the essence.
Survival Techniques in Snow
You may probably have one tent along with you. However, you may still wish to learn building shelter utilizing snow block. Sometimes you may stomp out snow blocks without any tools, utilizing your feet. You may then lift these from beneath. Simply practice around in your home backyard till you have a hang of how to do it. During an emergency, when the climate turns extremely chilly, you might want to place your tents behind the wall of snow blocks. This stops the wind. If it is not raining, a fast survival shelter to give warmth happens to be a pile of grass, broken ferns, dry leaves or other plants.
You may be warm and wet when it below freezing as long as you stay active. However, when you stop moving, you begin losing heat from your body. Once you become chilled completely, it is very difficult to become warm again. A lessened body temperature or hypothermia kills many persons each year. If you grow wet, aim to become dry prior to going to sleep. Wear dry clothes if you possess them. Use fire for drying out all wet clothes. Early during the day, it is better to hang wet clothes for drying over your pack in the heat of the sun.
Usually, when it is cold, the air is also very dry. Try to avoid sweating. Adjust your clothes, adding and removing shirts, jackets and sweaters as necessary for keeping from getting very cold or very cold. Sweat, and damp clothes wet with sweat, can make you lose your body heat quickly if you stop movement. Stay dry for staying warm. There are also many other snow survival skills which you may wish to learn. For instance, you may generate heat via consuming fatty foods. You need not know lots of techniques and skills, but knowing few essential ones is a must essential.
There are five essential techniques of survival. These skills of survival needs to be understood by people who are adventurous and are often outdoors. It is usually advised that you should not panic but always need to use the knowledge of intelligence. It is good to practice all the five survival techniques before relying on them.
Snow survival should always be mastered in cold climate. This will help in battling snow storms during emergencies. It is a specialized skill to survive on snow. The first and foremost thing is that a snow survival kit should be at handy and at the reach always. This will help tremendously during the period of emergency. This kit has to be maintained at home, vehicle, as well the places that are often visited.
Snow Survival Kit and Tools
In the beginning stages of surviving on the snow water is one of the main sources than food. In snow survival, the person is literally surviving on snow. It should be kept in mind that while eating snow only small amounts of snow should be consumed. You should allow the snow to rest in the mouth for couple of seconds. This will help in avoiding the cooling of ice inside the body for long. When sleeping in the snow you should always ensure that all blankets, clothes are used so that it keeps you warm. You should always move in groups and remain together and tightly as possible with each other. You should also gain energy and try looking for shelter and help as the body will not remain for long periods in extreme cold conditions. This is one of the most dangerous situations and should be well prepared with all the training and survival skills.
The snow survival kit includes items like the supplies of first aid, knife, torch lights, batteries, matches, water, snacks, blankets and a cell phone that can be used for emergency. It is of vital importance to have knowledge in constructing a snow shelter.
There are various types of snow shelters that are widely used across the globe. The snow cave is one of the easiest to construct. For the construction of a snow cave any tool or the hands can be used. A shovel is required for constructing a well planed and a comfortable cave. There are certain steps that need to be followed in building a snow cave. They are the site needs to be chosen. Then, tunneling in should be done by shaving the cave, and finally the finishing touches to be provided. The snow caves can be quickly created by digging into the snow. The pack must be placed at the entrance hole. Evergreen bows should be used to insulate oneself from the ground. The survival pack needs to be used during emergency and a candle needs to be lighted. The site should be visible from the ground and air which help others to find.
Summary: An avid camper, a hiker lost in the mountains, a victim of a plane crash or an accident, a lost adventurer in the Swiss Alps, lost way in the woods or an unknown long power cut at your home, there are a multitude of such scenarios that require instant help and known survival techniques to swim out of the hurdles.
Did you know that 50 % of the Northern Hemisphere is categorized under the cold regions of the world?
One cannot predict or control the weather. Even though we have meteorological techniques that can predict a snowfall or a snow storm, sometimes they fail when it comes to forces of nature. These situations can be hazardous whether you are at home, office or on foot walking to a place, a sandstorm situation or a heavy snowfall may get hold of you in the middle of nowhere. Often the snowy conditions lead to health issues and concerns like hypothermia where exposure to snow even for a shorter period is harmful, frostbite where your skin gets too freezing cold that it turns black and blue with blisters, snow blindness due to ultraviolet lights striking all of a sudden. However, with a few survival techniques, one may very conveniently and effortless walk out of these dangers.
Survive through the Snow Effortlessly
Always keep a map or a compass handy and make notes of the familiar landmarks. This will help you keep yourself updated while you feel that you might have lost your way.
If the surroundings you are in are new to you, then you may need to make a snow shelter for yourself before it gets dark. Dig out a tunnel that is synonymous to your body size and cover it with all the clothes that you have in your bag. This serves as the roof top and for the flooring to keep your body warm against the snow. Digging snow saves you from the hypothermia condition too.
If you find the snow really deep, more than five feet of height, then the best and safest way is to dig out a snow cave.
Rehydrate yourself. Drink plenty of water. This is the best way to survive even when you cannot have food. One can never face issues with finding a source of water as melted snow or stream water is an excellent source.
Signaling for help is one act of creativity that will help you thaw the snowy issues. Use shiny devices like mirror, CDs, colorful clothes to signal. These things not only stand out in the blanket of snow but also provide great survival means.
By knowing a few tips and tricks to survive in these unfortunate conditions, you can make a whole lot of difference to someone’s life or even your own at times of despair. Making your way out of the blackout conditions with the help of survival techniques will not only help you but also your co-people who are going through the same miserable conditions.