Preparing for your Winter Adirondack Adventure

Avoid being the victim of an emergency.  The Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership AFPEP), a coalition of Adirondack organizations building on the Leave No Trace philosophy, provided a guest essay  on the Adirondack Almanack   addressing basic planning factors to be considered before you embark on your winter outing.  New York State  Forest Ranger Julie Harjung, a Lead Instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates and contributor to the AFPEP, presented a few cardinal rules:

  • Don’t go alone… If you do go alone, let someone responsible know where you are going and when to expect you back.
  • Do your homework… get a map of the area and plan a realistic route.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected… always bring a flashlight, extra clothing and extra food.
  • Carry at least a minimal first aid kit that includes hand warmers, band-aids and your blister treatment of choice.
  • Watch the weather.
  • Hypothermia and frostbite are real probabilities if you are injured or lost during winter travel.
  • Don’t think that a cell phone is a substitute for being well prepared.
  • Everyone should carry something they can use or make into a temporary shelter.
  • An individual immobilized by injury with no food or water is at a much greater risk for hypothermia and frostbite. Bring extra food and stay hydrated.

Read the full article here. To learn more about AFPEP and their goals of  visit

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