February 18, 2017 Youth Impact

Tips for survival in Snow by Pro’s

We almost all have watched the famous Bear Grylls or similar professionals on the television surviving in the wild and living on different food and resources that nature provides us. Although the Chasing snow leopard might not make you eat bugs (the team will facilitate you to a certain extent) but taking a page from these professional’s book will surely help you. Planning is important is such tedious situations while there will always be situations where you have to think on your feet and make quick decisive and if possible calculated decisions. The tips are simple but useful.

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The picture above: Shows Bear Grylls and how composed he is.

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The Picture Above: Relates composure to life.

 

COMPOSURE IS KEY

Composure is important every situation, by being calm we can think and act more efficiently while obtaining better results. In contrast if we panic when something goes wrong we are unable to think properly while instead making the situation better we tend to make it worse.

Bear says that “your best survival tool is staying focused and calm. If you feel confused, disorientated or panicked, you will end up making bad decisions.”

So now how to maintain composure? What to do when composed?  When in panic our heartbeat escalates, so in order to compose ourselves we have to lower our heartbeat. A simple breathing exercise can help, close your eyes inhale slowly through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth repeat this a couple of times this will calm you down. Now when calm, you will be able to assess the situation and evaluate all the possible situations. In everyone there is a basic survival instinct and composure can activate that for us in life and in nature. This way all the decisions we make won’t be on a whim and will save our lives.

 

DRESS APPROPRIATELY

This might seem like a simple instruction and it really is but we usually tend to not plan our attire properly. Our clothing can save our lives if done properly and vice versa.(instructions will be provided by the team on how to plan your clothing requirements) In snow keeping ourselves warm is imperative, our first source of warmth is our clothing. If you wear a lot of heavy pieces of clothing it would make it cumbersome for you to walk or hike, while if the clothing is too light then you might freeze to death hence we have to have a proper plan. Shoes are also part of our attire and they should be according to our destination, the same principle as the clothing apply to the shoes as well too heavy will make it hard to walk and vice versa. We should also keep in mind the material according to our destination that should our clothing be waterproof or not, should it be cotton or fleece and other such factors should be considered while planning.

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The picture above: Even Jon Snow plans his dressing appropriately.

 

DON’T DRINK TOO MUCH

Despite popular belief, drinking too much water can be harmful to you too. Drinking water a lot without proper intervals does not give you time to replenish your electrolytes causing Hyponatremia (low sodium levels in the blood). A liter of water in a time span of 1 to 1.5 hour is adequate. Besides all this, too much drinking will cause you to make more stops to discharge the fluids and you won’t be able to reach the intended destination on time.

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The picture above: Drinking a gallon all at once.

 

COMMUNICATION IS IMPORTANT

While traveling tells someone that you are doing so that if you are in trouble they will be alert and might mount a rescue if necessary. While when hiking or trekking in a group we tend to stay with the group even if we are overexerting ourselves, while those who are more physically more fit tend to ignore the fact that the other person might not be. We have to communicate with each other to ensure that each and everyone stays with the group and they don’t overexert and hurt themselves. By doing so those who lose motivation will be motivated by the group and everyone’s weakness (everyone has some weakness) will be overcome in a collective manner.

 

-Hamza Khalid

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