As I am typing this the temperature has dropped to 5°. You know it is cold when breathing the air catches your breath. You also know it is cold when the sun is shining, you are milking the goats and the milk bucket has frozen fast to your hand. Not good!!
I would trade the winter’s here in Idaho for anything! Don’t get me wrong, the Pennsylvania winters were pretty, but the humidity in the air made it SO bone chilling that it wasn’t enjoyable and the grayness wore on you after a while.
In my wilderness wonderland, there is always something green with all the coniferous trees and typically they are coated with the beauty of the snow looking as puffy as white cotton candy!
We enjoy our winter’s being outside enjoying our snowshoe hikes and a our adventures, but it is so important to be prepared for the cold no matter where you live and no matter how cold it gets there.
Our weather can turn on a dime so if we don’t go prepared we could really end up in a bad way. Keeping your body warm and maintaining your core temperature is a necessity in your ability to survive.
If you are unable to start a fire or you don’t have something that will keep you warm you will freeze to death.
We do not leave our house without our gear and there isn’t a piece of gear in our pack or on ourselves that we do not know how to use. It is essential to practice your safety skills often as we all know that practice makes perfect. We feel it is also essential to have back up knowledge of primitive skills in the event that your modern methods are either no longer working or unavailable.
In addition to our gear, if we were to head out in different directions for whatever reason, each person knows where the other is headed and a game plan is in place in the event that someone does not return before dark.
We also never leave our home without proper protection. In our area there are mountain lion, bear, wolves and Momma moose that you don’t want to anger or get between she and her mooselets… (Ha not that is not a word, but we tend to create our own vocabulary here in the wilderness.. Just for fun…) So for us proper firearms are essential and a daily part of our attire.
So what am I getting at here? Be protected and smart this winter. If you do not have an EDC (Every Day Carry) bag then be certain to create yourself one and here is a link to the 1st post and video in my Survival Series which contains what I carry in my pack.
In addition to the above video, stay tuned there will be more videos to follow with more winter survival skills.
As always, thanks for following along on my adventures and feel free to leave your comment, questions or requests for things you would like to see ahead in the comments section below.
Be safe and God bless!
Tam (MWJ) ♥ <><
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