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ERIC Number: ED357939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Winter Wilderness Travel and Camping.
Gilchrest, Norman
Knowledge and skill are needed for safe and enjoyable travel and camping in the wilderness in winter. The beauty of snow and ice, reduced human use, and higher tolerance of animals toward humans make the wilderness attractive during winter. The uniqueness of winter travel presents several challenges that are not present in other seasons. Safety is of primary interest, because of increased consequences for mistakes or bad luck. Good skills, careful planning, proper equipment, good judgement, clear thinking, and constant awareness and care are of utmost importance to insure enjoyment and safety. Information concerning avalanche, day length, and moisture should be considered. Winter cold can present challenges in several areas: the human body, clothing, body functions, sleeping, cooking, eating, liquids, photography, and batteries. Protection from the sun involves using sunscreen and wearing a protective hat and glasses. Weather forecasts should be heeded before embarking on a trip. Travelers should be knowledgeable about possible glaciers or steep slopes. Possible methods of winter wilderness travel include snowshoeing, skiing, and climbing. Consideration must be given to how goods will be transported on the trip. This paper includes an extensive sample packing list and 20 references. (KS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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