If Something Goes Wrong, You’re On Your Own…
Trail riding can quickly carry you far away from the nearest assistance. So each rider and group of riding buddies should carry snowmobile emergency gear and learn the essential survival skills for wilderness emergencies. Especially on your snowmobile tours or snowmobile vacations. Some of it is personal gear that each rider can carry.
Meanwhile, other gear can be distributed among riding buddies to avoid unnecessary duplication or carrying too much weight on any one snowmobile. For group distribution to work, it is essential that you and your riding buddies establish a ride protocol. This means every snowmobiler is responsible for the rider behind to prevent anyone becoming lost or left behind – and separated from the group’s snowmobile emergency gear.
Snowmobile Emergency Gear Suggestions
Here are some suggested items to carry with you while snowmobiling. Depending on your riding situation, it’s your decision what to carry with you and which ones should be carried personally or within your group. By the time you get to the end of this, you’ll be wondering where to put it all. That’s why I always keep mine packed in LinQ System day bags that stay on my snow machine for every ride, no matter how long or short!
Suggested Individual Snowmobile Emergency Gear
Items that each rider should carry at all times…
- Personal first aid kit
- Cell phone
- Personal meds
- ID/medical info
- Sun block/pain tablets/toilet paper
- Work gloves & toque
- Map/compass with mirror/signal whistle/flashlight
- Extra clothing/survival blanket/chemical warmers
- Energy snacks/dry soup packets/metal cup
- Duct tape
- Manufacturers tool kit
- Sled manual
- Nuts and bolts to fit sled
- Spare belt/spark plugs to fit sled
- Extra ignition key or DESS cap
Suggested Group Snowmobile Emergency Gear
Items that that each group should carry at all times…
- GPS/SPOT unit or satellite phone
- Fire starter & tinder
- Emergency candles and flares
- Twine & tarp
- Folding shovel
- Survival instruction booklet
- Tow rope/pry bar/mini propane torch
- Extra wrenches
- Zip ties/wire/hose clamps
- Extra coolant
- Extra gas & oil
CLASSIC VIDEO! In this classic Snowmobiler Television clip, The Intrepid Snowmobiler does his best to survive.
The tips and advice in this blog are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.
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