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Winter Survival

Winter presents unique challenges in wilderness survival situations. Cold temperatures make it challenging to stay warm and avoid hypothermia. Winds are a bigger factor than in warmer seasons. Water is sometimes harder to come by. And deep snow can make it harder to get around.

But one thing to always remember.... in the winter you can usually stop and make a fire to get warm. Assuming of course, that you have the means to do so!

 
How to keep warm - some tips

General Winter Camping tips

Snowshoes - How to make a pair of makeshift snowshoes from natural materials in the bush.
By Allan "Bow" Beauchamp

Shelter
Making a shelter in the winter is a completely different exercise in the winter. Debris is hard to come by, and the ground is frozen, thus precluding shelters dug into the ground. Here's a list of the pertinent pages in the Shelter section of this website.

  • Brush Shelters - brush is usually still accessible during the winter (ie, branches off trees, especially evergreens)
  • Snow Shelters - igloos, snow coffins, quinzees, etc.
  • Teepee - easy to setup in the winter
  • Caves - caves, often dry and out of the wind, are a good possibility for shelter in the winter
  • Brush - made from available branches and brush
  • Trees - fallen trees provide a ready-made framework for a shelter, sometimes even a completely made shelter with snow cover
  • Winter Scout Pit - Joseph Longshore II
  • Snow Debris Hut - Joseph Longshore II

Fire
Starting a fire in the winter can be more challenging due to the snow and cold temperatures.
Here are some articles in the Fire section of this website that pertain to winter survival.

Snow Goggles
On a sunny day in winter the sun reflects off the snow which can cause snow blindness, a debilitating and potentially dangerous condition which can literally blind a person for a few days. Snow goggles can prevent this from happening. See also the Vision section of this website.


See also the Clothing section of this website
See also the Fire section of this website
See also the Shelter section of this website
See also the Vision  section of this website