Backcountry Survival Kit
Being a Colorado based company this one is personal for us. A portion of the proceeds from the Backcountry Survival Kit will be donated to Colorado Search and Rescue Agencies.
Every year mishaps occur that result in individuals being stuck out in the backcountry overnight. Ski accidents, lost hikers, injured hunters etc. are commonplace occurrences. Many things can happen suddenly that result in having to spend the night outdoors while waiting for search and rescue to find you. If you can't stay warm, dry, and hydrated, your chances of surviving the night decrease significantly. What starts out as a great day in the backcountry suddenly turns into a life and death struggle.
A properly outfitted survival kit is essential to making it through the night, or multiple nights, while you either wait for rescue or work your way back to the trailhead. Cost is not an excuse, weight is not an excuse. Your life depends on it. Don't make the mistake of thinking that it will never happen to you. All of us who have worked search and rescue have heard that comment plenty of times - "I never thought that would happen to me".
We've designed this survival kit to be compact and as lightweight as possible. It contains the items you need to help get you through the night:
1. Heat Reflecting Bivy
Waterproof and windproof, this bivy reflects 90% of your body heat to help fight off the life threatening effects of hypothermia.
2. Hand Warmer Packs
You can't do much if your hands are so cold that you lose all manual dexterity. Building a shelter or a fire can quickly become impossible. The heat warmers will allow you to warm up your hands so you have the dexterity to work. If shivering or showing signs of hypothermia, you can also place them in your armpits once you are in the bivy, to help raise your body temperature.
3. Fire Starter with Tinder, Waterproof Matches
Fire is Survival. A fire will provide heat, light and during the day, smoke to help identify your location. The Fire Lite Fire Starter kit has a sparking ignitor and tinder that can ignite a collection of small branches, wood shavings, needles or dry leaves, enabling you to build up a fire for warmth and signaling.
3. Small folding Knife
Among other uses, it allows you to shave off strips of dry wood from larger branches to make a kindling pile for fire starting.
4. Wire Saw
The wire saw allows you to cut down dry, dead branches. In the winter much of the downed wood is snow covered and hard to locate. However, there's often a lot of dry, dead wood still on the trees above snow that can be used for a fuel source.
5. Emergency Food
A Coast Guard approved emergency food bar will provide you the critical calories your body needs to stay warm. This bar provides 1200 calories.
6. Water Purification Tablets
Staying hydrated helps prevent hypothermia and is critical to survival. Purification tablets allow you to safely use local water sources for drinking water.
7. Electrolyte Replenishment Powder
Mix with your purified water to help fight off dehydration, a major contributor to hypothermia. Provides balanced electrolytes to keep you properly hydrated.
8. Signal Safety Whistle
A simple safety whistle is louder then yelling or screaming, penetrates farther across the landscape than your voice can, and takes a mere fraction of the energy.
9. Signal Mirror
Use for signaling your location to aircraft or or ground searchers. You can also look at yourself in this mirror and repeat "I'm going to get out of this, it's not over yet".
10. Snap Light Stick
Provides twelve hours of illumination allowing you the light you need to start your fire or create a shelter. Attaching a length of paracord to the chemlight and spinning it overheard makes a great low light signal to search teams.
11. Paracord, 25ft
Use with the chemlight for signaling. Attach lengths of paracord to the wire saw, throw over branches beyond your reach to access fuel to keep your fire going. Paracord has countless survival applications. These are just a few.
Whether you purchase the Rescue Essentials Survival Kit or build your own, don't head into the backcountry without one. We stand by our motto "Preparation is the First Line of Defense".
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Dimensions: 7.5" W x 8.25" H x 3" D
Weight: 1 lb