Winter WEISS - just a thought

One of the many subjects we look at on the Winter WEISS training is emergency kit. In a sub arctic enviroment wet and dry cold can be experienced so the kit for this region needs to be a little bit more well thought out than for just a dry cold world.

As such (and because I know a fair few of those attending the winter training are readers) I have add a basic emergency kit below. The kit should fit in a 20lt day sack or less and is a combination of MOD Mountain and Arctic warfare pamphlet, my own experience and the standards recommended for any hiker in the uk .....

Where specific items are named feel free to change those to another item of a similar design for example the Mora Triflex can be replaced with any bushcraft style knife ...........


Each person must carry or wear the following or similar when away from the camp location: (this will act as the basis for students emergency packs)

a. Clothing.
(1) Windproof outer garment (with full contents of pockets).
(2) Mitts outer and inner.
(3) Head dress (Issued or approved). FLOPPY HAT/woolly hat
(4) Daysack.

b. Contents Of Pockets.
(1) Aide memoire.
(2) Goggles
(3) Emergency survival bag.
(4) Lip salve.
(5) Notebook and pencil
(6) First aid.
(7) Face mask.
(8) Whistle.
(9) Compass/map.
(10) Matches or lighter.
(11) String or para-cord (20m).
(12) Headover/balaclava.
(13) Emergency rations.
(14) Gloves/mittens (if not worn).
(15) Spare gloves.
(16) Wristlets.
(17) Leathrman wave.

c. Contents Of Daysack.
(1) Waterproof suit.
(2) insulation jacket (buffalo belay or snuggie)
(3) Torch.(head torch)
(4) Bivvy bag.
(5) 24 hours rations.
(6) Vacuum flask or thermal mug.
(7) SS mess kit comp
(9) Mora Triflex and Mora classic No3
(10) Folding saw
(11) Axe stone
(12) Spare socks


Born2roam said...

Filter bottle: Usually a filter and freezing temps are NOT good friends.....

A wet filter that freezes up....mmm..... Any tests done yet?

Talk later mate.

Grtz Johan

Survivall said...

True mate - to be honest with snow on the ground I doubt a bottle would be needed 100% of the time - but if guys are melting snow in the bottle (i.e by carrying it close to their bodies to melt snow scraped in there) its probably better to err on the side of caution.

Of course in sub arctic with fluctuating temperatures freezing isnt always the problem - so then a filter to make water safe might be preferable to boiling.

Its all about keeping the options open - and if the water is safe theres no reason way the bottle cant be used convetionally and the lid removed to pour it out rather than use the filter.