Howling winds drive the sleet and snow across the landscape suddenly changing the leisurely winter hike into winter survival. Nothing in the forecast warned of the storm coming this afternoon. The temperatures plummet and you can feel the wind-driven cold trying to penetrate your clothes. You're rightfully concerned, but prepared to handle what nature throws at you when forced to survive a surprise winter storm.
Tips & Warnings
The purchased survival kit may replace everything on the materials list except food, flashlight and batteries, fire starter and electrolyte powder.
Survival supplies do not replace regular prudent hiking equipment such as adequate drinking water, flashlight and spare batteries, first-aid kit, trekking poles, map and compass.
Using a GPS receiver requires spare batteries and a map and compass back-up. Some GPS units cannot receive during a storm.
If the package is not metal, the Sierra cup or metal coffee cup is needed for heating water.
Never hike without a daypack containing emergency gear.
Hypothermia comes on quickly and can cause death; staying dry is the No. 1 survival skill.
Do not drink snow or ice water
Article Written By Eric Jay Toll
Eric Jay Toll has been writing since 1970, influenced by his active lifestyle. An outdoorsman, businessman, planner and travel writer, Toll's work appears in travel guides for the Navajo Nation, "TIME" and "Planning" magazines and on various websites. He studied broadcast marketing and management at Southern Illinois University.