A portion of the proceeds from the Backcountry Survival Kit will be donated to Colorado Search and Rescue Agencies. Since we are a Colorado based company this one is personal for us.
Every year mishaps result in individuals getting stuck in the backcountry overnight. Ski accidents, lost hikers, injured hunters etc. are commonplace occurrences. Waiting for search and rescue over night can be deadly. If you can't stay warm, dry, and hydrated, your chances of surviving the night decrease significantly.
Understanding what goes into a properly outfitted survival kit and how to use it is essential information to making it through the night, or multiple nights, while you either wait for rescue or work your way back to the trailhead. Don't make the mistake of thinking that it will never happen to you.
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 situation intact.
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
Building a shelter or a fire can quickly become impossible with frozen hands. You can also use them to help raise your body temperature.
3. Fire Starter with Tinder, Waterproof Matches
Fire is Survival. A fire will provide heat, light, and smoke to help identify your location. A sparking ignitor and tinder that can enable you to build up a fire.
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 rather than use snow covered, downed branches.
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, and takes a fraction of the energy.
9. Signal Mirror
Use for signaling your location to aircraft or or ground searchers.
10. Snap Light Stick
Provides twelve hours of illumination allowing you the light you need to start your fire, create a shelter, or make a signal.
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.
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