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 i.      Purpose:  miscellaneous personal safety items like Compass, signal mirror, whistle, waterproof matches, TinderQuik tinder, duct tape

  ii.      Recommendations: You can pick-up these items separately or buy a kit that contains all of them and more. Waterproof and storm proof matches are pretty cheap, getting a lighter is more expensive, either one will work.

 iii.      Example Options & Price:

  1. Adventure Medical S.O.L. Survival Pak for $15.99
  2. BCB Lifeboat Waterproof – Windproof – Storm Proof Matches  @ for $3.89
  3. Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs @ for $3.15
  4. Windmill Classic Stormproof Lighter@ for $45.00

  iv.      Additional Tips: You can pick up a fireplace firestarter pack at your local Home Depot or Lowes and cut off small rectangles and put in good zip lock bags or shrink wrap in a food saver.  If you do the later, include all of the emergency only items in one organized sealed pack.

 Personal Emergency Shelter – Bivvy

fits in the palm of your hand

fits in palm of hand

             i.      Purpose: This gear is used as an emergency shelter, that you climb inside with your snowmobile suit on or off depending on the temps, it is designed to block the wind and reflect 80-90% of your body heat. Most likely use would be during a blizzard or white out…

            ii.      Recommendations: There are two low cost versions on the market that come highly recommended for our purpose:  The AMK Heat sheets Emergency Bivvy  or Adventure Medical Kits Thermo-Lite 2 Bivvy have very good ratings and are inexpensive.  The “Themo-Lite 2” is a little more durable and has  venting to help with trapping moisture. See AMK Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy video.

          iii.      Examples Options & Price:

  1. Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy for 1 person @ for $11.49
  2. Thermo-Lite 2 Bivvy for 1 person@ for $26.45

          iv.      Additional Tips: My research shows these Bivvy’s will keep you warm in extreme cold conditions, but have a negative downside of holding in moisture, especially if used in warmer (above zero) temps where you get too hot and sweat. You might consider using the Bivvy only in extreme conditions where your snowmobile suit and Hot Hands are not enough protection from the wind and temps.

Water Resistant flashlight with Lithium batteries or wind-up

i.      Purpose: An emergency flashlight in case we have to spend the night or nights in the wilderness most likely during a blizzard or white out. It would also come in handy if we are force to work on a sled after dark.

ii.      Recommendations: There is no need to spend more than $25 on a good Water resistant LED flashlight that takes AA Lithium batteries

iii.      Example Options & Price:

  1. MegaBRITE AquaMax Self Powered Waterproof LED Flashlight @ Lowes for $18.97
  2. Wind ‘N Go Ultra Bright 1-Watt Led Waterproof Flashlight (Yellow/ …@ for $33.00
  3. Maglite LED 2-Cell AA Black Aluminum Flashlight @ Lowes for $21.24

iv.      Additional Tips: A waterproof LED flashlight with AA Lithium would be best option, but are more expensive (over $50) The lithium batteries are not affected by the extreme cold and are the best choice, the windup or self generating flashlights are ok, but will not hold a charge in extreme cold temps and will constantly have to be cranked. If you get a water resistant flashlight like Maglite above, get AA lithium batteries and store it in a good zip lock bag and it should be fine.

Hot Hands Air-activated  warmers (150 hours)

   i.      Purpose:  These air-activated heating pads are an excellent source of emergency heat, especially in survival situations in extremely cold conditions. The body can survive for weeks without food, days without water, but only a few hours or even minutes without enough heat. They are a critical component in surviving overnight or multiple days in blizzard conditions. They also are an important part of preventing someone with serious injuries from going into shock.  

   ii.      Recommendations: Each snowmobile and rider is required to carry 150 hours of Hand warmers in their Personal Survival Kit. These are in addition to ones carried for other purposes or use during normal cold riding conditions.

   iii.      Example Options & Price:

  1. Grapper Hand warmers – 7 hour, 40 pair (280 hours)  @ George Pattullo (989) 673-6130 for $30.00
  2. Grapper mini-hand warmers 7 hour, 10 pair (70 hours) @ Cabela’s for $10.00
  3. Heatmax HotHands 2  10 hour , 10 pair (100 hours) @ Walgreens for $8.00

Additional Tips: Beyond the uses described above, you can also use hand warmers to keep your drinking water from freezing, especially if put in a small soft cooler. They will also protect electronic devices like phones, GPS and cameras with LCD displays from freezing at temps lower than -20 F. Make sure the ones you buy are fresh, they start to deteriorate after just a year, also sealing them in a food saver or ziplock helps

Utility knife / multi-tool

     i.      Purpose:  Used for cutting rope, or other things as needed

    ii.      Recommendations: A multi-tool is best, but a simple pocket knife would meet the minimum requirement.

   iii.      Example Options & Price:

  1. Basic pocket knife   @ Walmart for $8.00
  2. Leatherman Kick Tool @ Cabela’s for $33.00
  3. Leatherman Surge Tool@ Cabela’s for $90.00

   iv.      Additional Tips: I like to mount a multi-tool sheath to my handlebars and have it instantly available to use.

72+ hour supply of food and water

   i.      Purpose:  Emergency supply of food and water in case we have to spend the night or nights in the wilderness most likely during a blizzard or white out.

  ii.      Recommendations: The minimum amount of water ration recommended for a 72 hour period is 1 liter or 2- 16 oz bottles, minimally you should pack 6-8 high energy bars (high protein, high Carb), this is not the time to diet, you will loose weight no matter how much many calories you are able to consume at this point. Stay away from bars that are gooey or nougaty in consistency, they will freeze solid and will be impossible to eat, unless you like popsicles at -20 below.   

   iii.      Example Options & Price:

  1. You will get your best deal at Walmart or local Grocery.
  2. Ensign Peak Insulated Cooler Bag @ $3.95

  iv.      Additional Tips: Remember these are emergency supplies and should be kept separate from your everyday snacks, drinks and meals planned on the trail. Using a small insulated cooler bag with a Hot Hands, will keep your drinks from freezing on those -20+ F days

These additional items are just some of the safety items that will be  covered and addressed in a future Blog post.

Group Safety items

  • GPS
  • Paper Trail Maps
  • Flare Kit
  • 150 ft of 5/16 rope (3000+ breaking load)
  • First Aid Kit
  • First Aid Manual
  • Hatchet  & Saw

Team Safety Items

  • Tow Straps
  • Gas Siphon
  • 10X10 tarp
  • Expanded Tool Kit

Personal Safety items

  • Mirror mounted on Sled or person
  • Spare parts and basic tool kit

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