Monday, December 26, 2005

Winter Survival

Five quick tips on how to behave in storm and winterly cold:

  • Prevent your body from loosing body heat by wearing windproof but breathable clothing suitable for winter trips.
  • Instead of wearing one thick piece of clothing, wear multiple layers (“Onion Principle”). This way it’s easy to adjust to changing conditions and avoid overheating or cooling off too much.
  • Constant movement can prevent frostbite.
  • Avoid exposed terrain whenever possible. Instead, choose your route on the side turned away from wind.
  • If you are caught in a storm or bad weather, break off your trip in time. Eventually build your camp or bivouac before you are exhausted.
Click here for recommended Winter Survival literature.