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.