By Nicholas O. – Off The Grid News
Survival in the snow isn’t easy, but with a few tips you can make it – even if you’re miles from civilization. Here are five do’s and five don’ts of traversing winter terrain on foot:
DO wear snowshoes. Snowshoes distribute your weight in the surrounding area, meaning that you won’t fall through the snow with each step. While they do take some time getting used to and can make your feet and ankle sore after a good day’s walk, they will save you valuable energy and an immense amount of time in getting where you need to go.
DO dress in layers. And have extra clothes in your backpack as well. Dress in three layers: 1. The clothes in contact with your skin, 2. A wool jacket and pants as insulation and warmth, and 3. An outer shell for protection against the elements. Dressing in layers allows you to add and remove layers depending on your body temperature, and keeping an extra round of clothes in tow gives you an alternative to the sweatiness that your current clothes will endure.
DO pack plenty of water. Walking across the winter terrain will require more time, exertion and energy than if you were to walk over terrain in another climate. Nevertheless, many people just back a single bottle and then take a tin cup to melt snow along the way. However, melting snow takes time. It’s best that you carry extra bottles of water. You can prevent your bottles from becoming frozen by either wrapping them up in a warm sock or in an insulated cover.
DO carry a collapsible pole or stick. Don’t think that you won’t need a good walking stick or pole. Carrying one will keep you steady as you walk, allow you to feel uneven ground, and give you something to grasp if you fall into a crevice of some sort, or (gulp) a lake.