Brush up on Your Cold Weather Survival Skills

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    Brush up on Your Cold Weather Survival Skills

    I checked the weather forecast, and it is supposed to get down to -17 on Monday night in my area. It made me think of the importance of brushing up on cold weather survival skills, having appropriate cold weather gear in my vehicles, and a backup source for heating at least one room in my house.

    Also, we should have some measures for cold weather survival (or at least cold weather survival skills), even when we don't expect to encounter bad weather. One of my coworker's nephews died on Mount Fuji a couple of years ago because he was caught in an unexpected blizzard. He was a very experienced hiker, but was caught in very bad conditions. Ever since I heard about this, I thought it would be a good idea to refresh myself on cold weather skills every couple of months.

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    -20 on Monday with a high of -11. My best advice is to use your head. Think of being warm like tokens or credits, make sure to stay warm as long as you can ( bank your credits). Keep in mind that is the temp there is the wind chill that will be much colder could be -30 or -40 wind chill.
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    Tip: Install a wood stove somewhere in your house. Fireplaces don't cut it, and power outages often happen when the cold is at its worst.

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    Yup! 70 outside right now here! Ever had to pee into a bladder?........... Cold....Survival....... Not If I have any say about it. You spend a winter outside in Norway! You can move, on skis or foot, two Klicks at best in one day........... the rest is just survival.......

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    So, does this mean you're going winter camping?

    Seriously, you just never know when that short outing is going to turn into a breakdown, the mountain pass being closed due to a sudden winter storm, landslide, or a traffic accident. So you wind up waiting hours in the cold or having to spend the night away from home. It happens.

    Every year there is at least one hiker who goes out without a good jacket because it's a warm day and winds up having to spend the night out for some reason.

    The same applies at home, as you've noted. We need to be prepared for power outages, lack of heat, etc.

    A good way to start prepping for these is to consider what's most likely in one's own area. For me it's power outages, earth quakes, and the aforementioned getting caught away from home.
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    I used to be able to take the cold pretty well. When I went to the Palouse to see my nephew 3 weeks ago I was cold nearly the whole time I was there. I was wearing long Cargo pants w/winter sox and insulated boots. Long flannel shirt w/cold weather long John top large vest and Carhartt jacket with wool gloves and stocking hat.

    The warmest I was over 2 days was in the basement apartment where my nephew was living. After riding with my Sister all the way there I needed a stiff drink. I made a drink with Jim Beam Bourbon and Coke. It took me over an hour to drink it. Now
    I remember why I stopped drinking Bourbon. The warmest it got during the day was a balmy 20 degrees without the wind chill. The wind blew consistently 15-20MPH while I was there.
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    Yep to be -16 in my area Monday night and Tuesdays high is to be -3!

    Hopefully schools will cancel and kids can stay home.

    My only worries are my water lines for the bathroom and utility room. They have froze once before many years ago when it got this cold.

    Have extra clothing in vehicles. Make sure cell phone is always charged, help can only be minutes away if needed. Do not attempt to leave vehicle if stranded.
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    Even in North Carolina we get things in order for the coming cold weather. I have plenty of wood on the porch when a storm is coming and a plenty of gas for a propane wall heater just in case the power goes out. I have enough propane for abt a month and keep abt two seasons of wood cut. Also LED battery lights for getting around in the dark and a radio with extra batteries. I think we're only looking at 7 degrees but it's still cold. Look after your animals too. In my car I always have a bit of food, water, wool blanket, coat and good boots in the trunk. Since I'm retired now I don't get out in it unless I have too. A lot of my friends have an gas generator for power. I just don't feel the need for it. Also u can fill the bathtub up with water to flush a toilet if ur on well water. You guys up north need to be ready.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jjxj View Post
    Yep to be -16 in my area Monday night and Tuesdays high is to be -3!

    Hopefully schools will cancel and kids can stay home.

    My only worries are my water lines for the bathroom and utility room. They have froze once before many years ago when it got this cold.

    Have extra clothing in vehicles. Make sure cell phone is always charged, help can only be minutes away if needed. Do not attempt to leave vehicle if stranded.
    Get a heat tape and wrap it around ur water pipe to keep from freezing. Run the extension cord to it and get that baby plugged in. You can let ur water facuet drip but that's only so good. Make sure ur anti-freeze is up to the job for freezing cold. Do it now and not wait will makes things a lot better in the long run. My sister lives in between Erie, PA. and Buffalo, NY. They usually get hammered with a good snow and cold each winter a few times.
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    In this kind of weather I usually grab my heavy hunting coat to wear. I don't care that some of the libtards at work make fun, it's warm. The maintenance guys who spend a lot of time outdoors get it. Knit cap, gloves, and the like. Don't take chances.

    I keep several blankets and another old coat and dry socks in the car. You never know.
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    Remember this news story. It just happened a short while back.


    Mother and one child released from hospital after family-of-six were found alive having spent days huddled in vehicle in Nevada snow

    James Glanton, 34, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, and four children - a 10-year-old, two four-year-olds and a three-year-old - were discovered alive Tuesday afternoon, huddled together in a canyon.
    The family headed to Seven Troughs, near their home of Lovelock, to play in the snow on Sunday but failed to return sparking a massive aerial and ground search.
    They sheltered inside the vehicle for days, burning a spare tire and heating rocks to keep warm.
    Miraculously, they survived the ordeal and are all in good condition.
    Two of the children belong to Glanton and McIntee, one is a niece and the other a nephew
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    Cold can kill. I am looking at a gas generator for a backup power source in case electric goes down . It get cold up here , but this year has been really cold with - temps more often than not. I keep spare blankets and food in the truck as well as fire making stuff , ect.
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    If we lose electric here I have a cast Iron wood burning stove in the basement that generates a lot of heat. There is still a huge pile of coal in this offshoot room in my basement dating back to when this house was heated by a coal boiler.
    I could always burn that in the wood burner.
    I also have 6 old gas log fireplaces that are not dependent on electricity but, they sure do eat up a lot of natural gas.

    I still would like to invest in a few portable propane gas heaters.
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    I'm taking the opportunity of the colder weather to be rethinking the trunk carry bag's contents, a bit. Never can have enough of those little fire-starter packs, hand-warmer packs, spare blankets/jacket/socks. These days, I'm not running a marathon to get anywhere, let alone in the dead of winter. But I can probably trudge through a blizzard for a long while, if need be. Basic heat, light, means of getting fresh water and some energy. Can mean a lot, if stranded in the wilds when it's truly cold. Living in the mountains for decades taught me that much, on the handful of occasions I got stuck (either deliberately [camping and whatnot] or otherwise).
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