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Rescuing somebody from an ice fall

Call 911, it’s best to get help on the way just in case your not able to become the hero of the day. Do not rush to the edge of the hole to attempt to rescue. This may turn into 2 victims in the water instead. When trying to save somebody else that fell into the water remember the steps  Preach, Reach, Throw, Row and Go.

 

  • Preach: Try to coach the person out of the water. Shout out words of encouragement to help them stay calm, fight and survive. Remind them to stay afloat, to never give up, that help is on the way.

  • Reach: If you’re not able to talk them out of the situation safely extend and object like rope, paracord or even jumper cables. Try to stay on the solid safe ground as much as possible, do not go any further out on the ice then what’s needed. If the victim begins to pull you in then release your grip and try again.

  • Throw: throw a line or something that can float. Try to have them wrap the line around their body before they become too weak to grasp it with their hands.

  • Row: Grab a small boat or floatation device. Row or float out to the victim or toss the floatation device out to the victim. If you’re able to grab a boat then pull the person over into the boat.

  • Go: If all else fail you’re just going to have to go get them, but it’s best to let the professionals do this. If you must approach a hole don’t walk upright, instead lay down and roll or slide to the edge. Spreading your body over a larger surface area will make the ice less susceptive to break more. But if it’s too dangerous to perform a rescue then just call 911 and continue to verbally coach the person.

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Rum and Coke

A rum and coke is a simple yet refreshing cocktail. The rum compliments the coke which gives it a nice spicy taste with an honest punch.

 

1 1/2 oz Rum (of choice)

 

4 1/2 oz Coke (can be Pepsi)

 

Afterward, pour your Rum of choice and Cola into a highball glass with ice. Stir until soda/pop (wherever you’re from) fizzes. Admire your creation and enjoy!

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Make me a Mojito!

Cuban-born, the Mojito was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite drinks. A mojito is a refreshing drink that has a tart, minty, citrus taste that’s backed up with a punch of rum. This drink is made to cool you down during those hot summer afternoons.

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 oz. rum
  • 2 tsp sugar (can be less)
  • 1/2 lime
  • 12 leaves or 3 sprigs of mint
  • Club Soda

Then, combine the sugar and mint in a tall glass. Add some juice from the lime and slightly crush the mint leaves. Add the rum and ice (ice should reach close to the top of the glass.) Add club soda and ENJOY!

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Ice Ice Baby: Ice Baths

Many professional athletes jump into ice-filled bathtubs after a strenuous workout. Some of the rationales behind putting your body through such extremes is very much straight forward. The low temperatures instantly cool the muscles down; which is an efficient way to bring down inflammation.

Muscles that are overworked become sore due to a chemical called lactic acid. When your muscles are put under heavy stress they begin to get deprived of oxygen and lactic acid starts to build up causing the inflammation.

Ice baths help the blood vessels and the muscles to momentarily constrict which helps get rid of all the waste and byproducts from a strenuous workout. Once the body begins to warm up from the ice bath, the muscle tissue that was affected begins to increase in blood flow. That increase in blood flow helps with the muscle recovery.

If you have never done this before, it is obvious that it will suck and will be very unpleasant. Just remember that that unpleasantness is temporary.

 

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Swipe Right on this Tinder!

 

To start a fire, you need a source, either from a flame or spark. Afterward, use tinder, then move to kindling. The process is simple but difficult when in a survival situation.

Tinder is very crucial and necessary to start a fire. Using our crinkle paper from our boxes will help you create a successful fire. Just put some in a ziplock bag and put it inside your camping/bug out bag.

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Five Major Terrain Features

Hilltops: This is the highest point in a rise of land. This type of terrain is great to overlook your surroundings.

 

Ridgeline: This is a sloping line of high ground composed of a series of hilltops.

 

Saddle: This is a bend or a low point between two areas of higher ground. If you are standing in the center of a saddle, there is high ground to your left and right and low ground in front to your front and rear.

 

Draw: A draw is a decrease in elevation from a saddle with high ground on each side.

 

Valley: This is a stretched out groove in the land, usually formed by streams or rivers. If standing in a valley, there is high ground in two opposite directions and a gradual incline in the other two directions.

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The Sawyer Mini Filter

The Mini is Sawyer’s smallest, lightest and most versatile filter. This 0.1-micron absolute filter weighs a mere 2 ounces, is rated up to 100,000 gallons and can be used the following ways:

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The MINI can be attached to the included collapsible drinking pouch, inline on a hydration pack, on a standard soda bottle, or simply use the included drinking straw to drink directly from the water source.  How is that for versatility?

FAQ’s

Can I filter salt water? – No, but that would be nice!

Can the filter freeze? – Brand new filters can be frozen. Once used avoid freezing a filter as it is unknown if freezing will damage the fibers. Try to keep the filter in a plastic bag in a pocket or in your sleeping bag if you’re in below freezing temperatures.

Does it filter taste or chemicals? – The Sawyer filter removes taste that comes from bacteria, dirt, and green matter but not from chemicals or heavy metals. Sawyer filters are not made with charcoal. While other portable filters have charcoal, they lack in the amount of media and adequate dwell time to be truly effective. Therefore, they only remove small amounts of heavy metals, pesticides, etc. (when used in real life applications). Try using better sources of water if possible.

For more FAQ’s please visit www.sawyer.com/faqs

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Why choose a Sawyer Filter?

THE 0.1 MICRON ABSOLUTE DIFFERENCE

  • Sawyer’s fiber walls are thicker and more robust than other Hollow Fiber Membranes. This allows for higher pressure both for filtering and for backwashing. Sawyer filters can handle 60 PSI forward and 20 PSI backward.
  • Sawyer has a proprietary process of making all pores more uniform in size.
  • Sawyer’s proprietary process allows for more pores giving better flow and less cleaning.
  • Sawyer’s proprietary design has a self-priming mechanism to eliminate air locks making them much easier to restart.
  • Sawyer 100% tests all filters to insure no pore is larger than 0.1 microns.
  • Sawyer 100% flow tests all filters to ensure adequate flow.
  • Sawyer 100% tests all filters after final assembly to ensure quality.
  • There is nothing to wear out inside the filter. If water is owing, it’s good.

THE 0.02 MICRON ABSOLUTE DIFFERENCE

  • The 0.02-micron purifier has all the advantages of the 0.1-micron filter but with 0.02-micron pores.
  • It is the only filter that removes viruses so effortlessly. Gravity does all the work.
  • There are no harmful chemicals or heavy metals in the filter.