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5 Lifesaving Skills You Need To Know When Caught In A Winter Survival Situation

/* With winter season fast approaching, I bet some are already planning their backcountry ski trips and adventures. Perhaps, many are now on the search for the best ski bindings and other skiing gears and accessories. Some might have even started packing their bags prepping for their annual winter ski tradition. But before you head out to your  ... */

With winter season fast approaching, I bet some are already planning their backcountry ski trips and adventures. Perhaps, many are now on the search for the best ski bindings and other skiing gears and accessories. Some might have even started packing their bags prepping for their annual winter ski tradition.

But before you head out to your ski resort or ski mountain destination, have you ever thought about the possibility of being caught in a survival situation? Have you ever considered finding yourself in an unwanted scenario in the middle of a freezing wilderness?

A lot of experienced winter adventurists and backcountry hikers surely know about what to do in case of these mishaps. But not everyone who treks the freezing mountain slopes actually knows what to do in these survival situations. Here are five basic survival skills you need to know before you even think of going on a backcountry ski adventure.

  1. Build a shelter.

When you’re in the freezing mountain, the first priority is to keep your body warm and get the elements out. Building a shelter is crucial for survival. It can help protect you against possible adverse effects of freezing temperatures. Hypothermia and frostbite are two of the most common causes of the death when in a winter accident.

  1. Start a fire.

Next to building a shelter, you also need to know how to start a fire using the available materials. A fire can significantly increase the chances of your survival when caught in a winter mishap. Some hikers bring emergency provisions that include fire-starters or portable stove. But while these can help start fire, they cannot keep you warm enough for long. You should know how and where to find possible dried sticks to make fire.

Aside from providing heating, the smoke produced can also be used to alert rescuers of your exact location.  Your winter survival doesn’t really need to be large. It’s okay to have a small fire to stretch available wood. Remember that it’s more difficult to find dry woods during winter.

  1. Administer first aid.

This one is a no-brainer. Anyone who plans to go on a winter hiking or backcountry skiing should not just get busy looking for a hiking or skiing gears, like visiting this website, they should also find time to know at least basic first aid.

If you or someone in your group gets injured, someone must know what to do to stabilize his condition until advanced help arrives. In case of winter injuries, the first goal is to keep the person safe and stabilize his condition. Wilderness first aid training is crucial as it would equip you with skills that are necessary when you are in these circumstances.

  1. Melt snow

Aside from getting warm, you also need to get hydrated. Staying hydrated actually helps you prevent frostbite and hypothermia. When in the middle of a frozen mountain, you can’t expect to find running water. As such, you need to know how to melt snow using your available heating sources or the fire that you’ve started. Remember, you can stay alive without food but not without water.

  1. Get found.

When preparing for an outdoor adventure, be sure to notify your friends or relatives of your whereabouts, itinerary and expected arrival date. Instruct them to alert the Search and Rescue team in case you don’t come home as scheduled. In case, you haven’t informed anyone, you need to learn the basics of emergency signaling. One of the classic ways is to put up a fire and let it smoke. There are lots of survival kits that come with GPS tracking tools that you activate to automatically alert SAR in case of problems.

It would greatly help to learn these basic skills when planning winter adventure. You wouldn’t lose anything if you start learning about these.

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How To Prepare Your Body and Mind for Disaster

/* We would all like to think that we could handle a disaster situation, but unless you put in the time to prepare, you will end up unable to handle the disaster situation ahead of you. Having a body and mind that is ready for a disaster is not something that comes naturally to anyone; you have to put in the effort. Here are the things I do to  ... */

We would all like to think that we could handle a disaster situation, but unless you put in the time to prepare, you will end up unable to handle the disaster situation ahead of you.

Having a body and mind that is ready for a disaster is not something that comes naturally to anyone; you have to put in the effort. Here are the things I do to make sure I’m ready to handle anything from simple wilderness survival to an apocalypse!

Learn To Play Chess

If you know how to play chess you are off to a good start when it comes to mental strength. You will be able to control your mind and your emotions, and you will be able to think several steps ahead of other people. Learning to play chess is a skill that is not just good for some entertainment and fun; it gives you a way to think under pressure, and know how to strive for an objective when someone is trying to stop you. You can learn how to play through iPhone and Android apps, or on chess.com to sharpen your skills.

Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument gives you the mental strength to think critically and creatively. While chess will allow your strategy to grow; getting a musical instrument, for example wind instrument from Wind Plays, increases your brain multitasking capabilities, plus learning an instrument is a fun activity, too! Most brilliant thinkers can play an instrument of some kind – is there a connection? In my experience, learning instrument makes you smarter and more patient: having these traits is always good for being prepared.

Hit The Gym!

You don’t have to be a powerful bodybuilder to accomplish this step, but it will help you in an emergency to be fit and ready to go. You don’t have to get a gym membership or anything… Just start with what you have! Do push-ups, crunches, or run; anything that gets your heart rate up and ready to handle bad situations as they come. If you want to handle disasters, you have to be fit! There is no other way to make sure you can handle tough situations.

Read Survival Books

One important way to prepare your mind for tough situations is to read books related to survival. These books don’t just have to be dry textbooks about how to find berries in the wilderness; they can be adventure books as well! Even watching TV shows like desert punk can give you a bit of the essential education that you need in order to survive in the wilderness or through an apocalypse.

Prepare Yourself!

You don’t know when you’ll have to survive, do you need to start preparing now! Start reading, start learning, pick up an instrument to learn; anything to make sure you have the skills to survive any situation: both mentally and physically. Don’t put it off; start today and develop your survival skills now!