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Are you Winter-ready?

To be a winter-ready searcher you should have some real outdoor experience in zero degree weather and be confident in your ability to stay out for hours and stay warm.  Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hunting, ice fishing or even alpine skiing are good examples.

Basic essentials needed on a winter search &
Survival equipment needed

WEAR/CARRY:
Suitable Winter Hiking or Rubber Boots
Wool/Polyester Hiking Socks with Spares
Appropriate layers for the season
Gor-Tex, Nylon or Wool Shirt & Pants
Hat & Gloves for the season - Spares don't hurt
Polyester / Fleece Long Underwear
Warm Jacket
Fleece Jacket or Vest
Balaclava
Snow Shoes and or Cramp-Ons
Water Bottle(s) (full)

FOR A CHESTPACK or LIGHT PACK:
Compass Map(s) Safety Glasses Whistle & Mirror
Note Pad Pencil Sharpie Flagging Tape
GPS Handheld Radio
Knife/Multi-Purpose Tool Watch

IN A BACKPACK (3000 to 4000 cubic inches):
First Aid Kit Toilet Paper (seal in zip-lock bag)
Flashlight & Headlamp & Extra Bulb Spare Batteries
Socks & 2 Plastic Bags
Emergency Food & Lunch
Sports Solution (3 tsp. sugar & tsp. salt - store in film canister)
Water Filter (for Water Bottle)
Water Purification Tablets
Emergency Blanket/Tarp
Leather Gloves & Pruning Shears
Matches/Lighter (seal in zip-lock bag) Fire Starters (seal in zip-lock bag)
CREW BOSSES SHOULD ALSO CARRY:
50 Nylon Cord
Folding Saw
Sleeping Pad
Pack Stove & Fuel Camp Boiler (coffee pot or similar) Bowl, Cup & Spoon

OPTIONAL WINTER:
Trekking Pole(s)
Light Weight Snow Shovel
Lip Protection Sunglasses
Binoculars
Camera
Knife/Multi-Purpose Tool
Watch
Duct tape, safety pins, etc.) 

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