Friday, December 17, 2010


As the majority of winter enthusiasts venture out on their snowmobiles, cross country skis, snowshoes, or any other means of leaving the grid - most will forget one vital element of trip planning...Preparedness.

Often when planning a winter excursion folks will check their skis and poles, ensure that they have the newest and most high tech clothing, pack a lunch, load the car, fill the gas, etc.  Often however folks fail to prepare themselves for the worst case scenario.

Those who know will tell you that if you fail to plan - you plan to fail.  Although no one plans to get lost, stranded, injured or hypothermic - 100's of people each year in Ontario do just that.

Most of those people when they are located have very little equipment necessary to survive.  Even fewer who do have some form of survival equipment - have any knowledge or training in its use.

So you ask what is a PSK.  Well folks it's a Personal Survival Kit.  It's not a backpack filled with firewood and tents.  It's a tin as small as an Altoids mint tin.  This tin fits in any pocket and is light weight.

If it's bigger than that most people won't carry it or it will end up burried in your backpack.  The idea of the PSK is to carry it on you.  Accessible by both hands at any time.

The tin is there to carry items necessary to aid in your survival and self rescue.

The items that I have in my PSK are :
  • Tea light candle
  • Water proof matches and box.
  • Werthers Candy
  • Assorted bandaids
  • balloon for melting snow(water)
  • 5 ft 550 cord
  • Wet Tinder
  • 2 cotton balls dipped in vaseline
  • whistle
  • signal mirror
  • snare wire
With these items I can do many things in a survival situation.  The most important of which is starting a fire.

Overlooking a PSK is a serious oversight and unless you are versed at primitive living skills, it could mean the difference between life and death.

So make one and carry it everywhere you go !


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