Whitestone Posted February 21, 2013 Report Share Posted February 21, 2013 Having just come back from a short winter deployment and talking with one of my crew who had been stranded out over night in the past got me thinking about winter survival.Dressing to outside temps while keeping the machine warm enough to keep the windows clear is definatly a challenge. Sweating is one thing you want to avoid at all costs in winter so if you are too warm, ventilate or shed layers. I was once told to keep everything essential to survival on my back so to speak as you may only get out with that if there is a post crash fire.What are some of you carrying with you in the machine? A winter specific survival kit (containing what)? Is the bug spray still in yours like it was in mine? As my kit was just essentially a bare bones summer kit i made up and carry my own. I first got a 2.5 litre pot and filled it with things like a knife, fire starter, a lighter, matches, some strong string, a little first aid kit and a few other items. I threw this little kit into a 50 litre water proof duffel bag with a -40 down sleeping bag, some Canada Goose down bib pants, a reflective tarp and a few other things. It does take up a bit of space in the machine but it's a choice i have made.I also carry in the baggage compartment a 24" bow saw, 36" snow shoes and a collapsible "rescue" snow shovel. Other than the kit, i have on my person a large knife, a lighter, a space blanket, some chap stick and a few power bars that i never seem to eat before their expiry date because they taste like saw dust.I give my crew a good pre-flight briefing letting them know i will bend over backwards to not leave them out over night but that they should be mentally and physically prepared to so.There is a lot of information on the Internet about winter survival, building fires, shelter, getting water, etc. and i have been looking at that to refresh my momory and learn something new but if anyone has any experiences or ideas they would like to share they would be welcome.Cheers,W. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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