posted on Sep, 11 2012 @ 11:38 PM
reply to post by r2d246
OK...so you are not that far up North. That is good because ARCTIC CIRCLE SURVIVAL SUCKS!
I live in Mass. in the U.S. and still...most people could not make it through 16 Hours in the Winter here lost in the Woods. They just are not
trained in any way. Lucky for people who get lost in the woods in Mass....the State is small with over 6 Million People that just by walking down
stream...they would find other people. But say...MAINE. Get lost in Maine and you are going to die without training.
I Taught Winter Survival and TWO FREEKIN' YEARS INA ROW...1977 and 1978...two MASSIVE BLIZZARDS! I was out in both of them and in 77...the 35 who
signed up for the course ended up after 48 hours to be 1 person and Staff! In 78....6 people and Staff! In the first 24 hours in 77 we had over 20
cases of Frost Bite! In 78 after only 10 hours a person had to be taken out by ambulance as he said he was burning up and started taking off his
cloths! It is a little known fact that during an extreme case of Hypothermia...a person feels like they are on FIRE and feel so hot they strip off
their cloths and die in their underwear.
I slept in a Pine Hovel that I had packed down the snow and insulated the bottom with Pine Boughs and covered this with my Poncho. I used snow to
insulate the sides and the falling snow insulated the rest. As this design is like a Round Hollow Tunnel of sorts with it being built away from any
trees that could collapse from snow and the opening facing South West as a Nor'easter Wind Blows toward South South West...the wind blew the snow
against the back end and my entrance was facing the direction of where the wind was blowing. This made a very nice build up of snow around the back
and did not allow for too much over the top although this design...arc-like...is very strong and I was Warm as Toast. I did the same thing the
following year and had the same results.
The Design and Snow insulation did not even require a Fire to Keep Warm as it was so well insulated my own body heat kept me more than warm. I
constructed this without a Rope or Lashings and I taught my Group how to make their own but even though I suggested to the Leadership to provide a
list of Clothing Gear...77 and 78 were the years famous for the Vibrum Soled Winter proof Hiking Boot. They were ANYTHING BUT WINTER PROOF and not
only were they not waterproof as advertised but they were WORTHLESS IN COLD WEATHER. Most of the Frost Bite cases were toes and feet. A few were
Fingers as Temps. dropped at Night to 58 Below Zero on the Mountain and wind Chills were off the Chart! I was Warm...and Read the Issac Asimov
book....FOUNDATION. I also caught a 32 inch Lake Trout in my Fish Trap as the stream was an outlet of a large reservoir. I Scaled and Gutted it...I
always carry Salt and Ground Pepper when on a Survival Stint as well as pack several Whole Garlic Bulbs. I also carry Olive Oil as it has many other
uses and used a CEDAR PLANK to cook the Fish on over a large bed of Hot Coals. I ate that whole Fish! LOL! The Cedar Trees grow all over and
someone had cut one down and did not cut both sides leaving a Cedar Plank that split off the bottom of the trunk. I used my Machete and cut it off and
it was perfect in size and thickness as well as being green enough to burn slow. I Placed the Trout all Salted, Black Peppered stuffed with garlic
and used a thin amount of wire I use for snares through the belly to hold in the Garlic and Moisture. Best Fish I ever ate! Split Infinity