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Video: Surviving In A Freezing Winter Forest

Video - Surviving In A Freezing Winter ForestVideo: Surviving In A Freezing Winter Forest
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWf95ld6nz8

When it comes to survival, your exact skill-set will depend to a certain extent on your location. If you’re planning to go camping in a freezing winter forest, your priorities are of course going to be different from those of other environments. In an area where temperatures are below freezing, your primary goal is to keep warm because one of the greatest risks is hypothermia.

This survival video by undercurrentspaulo will show you a few essential survival tips that you need to learn in order to keep yourself safe and warm in the winter forest.

To increase your odds of survival in the wild, as well as making it easier for rescuers to locate you, here are some tips:

1. Do your research. Winter forests can be very scary, so you need to know what kinds of flora and fauna thrive in the area. In the video, the forest is dotted with spruce trees, which can be a good source of fire and warm shelter. The bottom part of the trees are often dry even when the general area is wet. You can tell that the branch is dry when it is brittle and easily snaps.

Related: Winter Camping: The Long Fire

2. When you feel that you’re getting lost, always remember this acronym: STOP

S-Sit Down
T-Think
O-Observe your surroundings
P-Prepare for survival by gathering materials

3. Before heading to your destination, you have to tell someone where you’re going and (importantly) when you plan to return. It’s also a good idea to “check in” with your contacts to let them know if you are safe. If you have an agreed schedule of checking in, then they can know that something is up even when you are unable to tell them. Some people make the mistake of going to the wilderness to do some soul-searching and then end up being the soul who needs to be searched!

4. Establish a “point zero” by marking the area with a makeshift flag or post so that when you scout around the area for supplies, you won’t stray too far away from where you are. While you’re scouting, take note of any significant landmarks so that you’ll know your way back.

5. Keep your survival essentials in a waterproof container. Your kit should contain materials to make fire, so it’s important that they are dry.

6. Familiarize yourself with different distress signals. Distress signals are important if you want rescuers to locate you. You can check out this link to find out more about them: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2011/05/23/wilderness-survival-know-your-distress-signals/

Okay, here is the video: