Monday, December 24, 2012

It's Almost Time

With Christmas just a day away the malls and stores are a buzz with last minute shoppers looking to pick up that great gift for their loved ones.  Given our wonderful winter playground here in Eastern Ontario it's no surprise that many gifts revolve around winter sports and hobbies.

Over the next week many people will head out on their new cross country skis, snowshoes and even snowmobiles.  Many of these people will have a novice or beginner level of experience but their excitement will blurr any fear of the danger that exists in our forested environment during the harsh winter months.

From us here at Beyond the Fire School of Survival we wish you and your loved ones a very safe and happy holidays.  Please remind your family and friends to plan ahead, be prepared and always be vigilant and aware of the dangers.

Cheers

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winter is here - Are you prepared !

The ground is covered now with a blanket of white snow and the air has quickly turned brisk as a stark reminder that winter is now upon us.

With this often dramatic change in seasons it often becomes uncomfortable for the average person to run outside to start their car before work or to complete the evening long shovelling marathons that become common place this time of year.

However, as the body acclimatizes to the temperatures we start to venture out to enjoy our favourite winter past times.  Whether snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking or even ice fishing often those involved forget the dangers that they will face shortly after leaving the comfort of home.

When we speak of preparation and the items required as part of your trip planning people often brush me off stating that what I believe as a base set of skills seems rather overkill for a half day hike or one loop around the bush on a set of skis.  However, when you speak to any person that has been rescued during a winter SAR incident and they will tell you that the winter emergency that they found themselves in brought clarity to their lack of skill and preparation.

Over the next few posts we will discuss cold weather essential kit as well as base skill levels suggested prior to venturing out with your family on your favourite winter adventure.