It may seem a bit early to worry about winter storms. But, here in New England we know the weather is very unpredictable. A heavy winter storm in northern Connecticut took out power for many days, and that storm was in October. If you’re one of the many ‘outdoorsy’ types who likes to stay active year round, it’s time to take note of hiking safety. Begin prepared for a storm is key to survival, especially if hiking in challenging terrain. Storms can come in quickly and turn an afternoon into a dangerous condition.
Hiking Survival Gear
Here are just a few tips from Trails.com, also a great resource to find trails in your area, maps, articles and member forums.
Never hike without a daypack containing emergency gear:
• Compact survival kit with first aid supplies
• Compass, Maps
• Metal cup (for drinking and heating water)
• Waterproof clothing
• Energy food (especially salty foods, bullion cubes, dark chocolate)
• Electrolyte replacement fluid or powder
• Drinking water
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Storm-proof fire-starters
• Storm-proof matches
• 1-2 Large heavy duty leaf bags
• 2 plastic shopping bags
• 12 strong rubber bands
• 3 or more packages of air-activated hand warmers
Hiking Survival Tips
Hypothermia comes on quickly and can cause death, staying dry is the #1 survival skill.
• Layer up and put on a waterproof jacket before your clothing becomes wet.
• Cut a slot into the bottom of the shopping bags, pull over boots and secure with rubber bands.
• Cut a head-sized slot in the bottom of a leaf bag and pull it over your head.
• Find or build a shelter.
• Make a fire.
• Heat water and drink bullion or warm water. Do not drink snow or ice water.
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