The ice can be a treacherous place, especially in late winter and early spring. That’s why it’s so important to go out prepared by carrying ice rescue tools.
Store bought or home-made, an ice rescue set is one of the most important tools around ice encrusted waters. The set allows you to drive in spikes as moveable handholds, which can be used to pull a person out of the hole in the ice. To make your own, get a hacksaw, drill, 2 ice picks with wooden handles (these float!), and 6 feet (2 m) of cord. Cut off half of the metal of each pick, at an angle, so that it is still pointed when you’re done cutting. Drill a hole in each handle, tie the rope to each pick and carry this with you every trip onto the ice.
These tips, and many more survival tips, are in MacWelch’s books: Prepare For Anything, The Hunting and Gathering Survival Manual, How To Survive Anything, and available now, Tim’s latest release, The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook.
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