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Snow Survival School

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We had a great time at snow school.  Here are just a few photos highlighting our experience.

Firstly, one of the main themes to our survival was teamwork.  Below is a photo of us working together.

Working as a team to load the sled.

Working as a team to load the sled.

We spent many hours building walls and shelters.  As expected, we were not the first group out there learning how to survive in the extreme conditions, so when the clouds cleared,  we could see previous shelters.

Shelters created this season by students in snow school.

Shelters created this season by students in snow school.

One of my favorite exercises was the simulation of whiteout conditions.  We were pretending that one of our team members was lost outside in the storm and that we had to find him.  We had to wear buckets over our heads and could not talk to each other during the search and rescue.  We devised a plan where pairs of people would walk outside holding a rope while sweeping the floor with a broom for a potential victim.

The flags are crucial for navigating even just a few feet when visibility is low.

The flags are crucial for navigating even just a few feet when visibility is low.

The buckets on our heads made it impossible to orient ourselves.  We were way off track and away from the flags almost immediately.

Trying to find a potentially injured team member during low visibility conditions.

Trying to find a potentially injured team member during low visibility conditions.

We were way off track and away from the flags almost immediately.

Our instructor told us that during the exercise, the students rarely find the “victim”.  Purely based on luck, we found our missing person!  It was a great 2

day training session!

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3 thoughts on “Snow Survival School

  1. Hi Kallin,

    Hopefully you’ll never have to put this new skill to practice.

    Happy new year,
    Lesley

  2. What were the buckets like?

    • Hey Joe!

      Thanks for writing! The buckets weren’t too bad. We all agreed that styrofoam seats stay pretty comfy even in this climate! See you soon!

      -Schwartz

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