Study the Apparel section for information on the proper riding apparel for snowmachining. That section will go into detail about which winter clothing is better than others, so you can best prepare for your trip.
Fire Making Materials
In your safety kit, you should have matches in a waterproof container and some flammable material to help aid you in building a fire. There are limited amounts of willows and other brushes along creeks for firewood. A fire will obviously keep you warm, but also acts as a signal to show rescuers where you are. Keep the fire burning until someone finds you or you leave the area to walk for help. (If you leave your snowmachine behind, leave a note telling rescuers where you’re going and what you’re doing.)
Fire starter is provided in your survival kit. You can also dip a rag into your gas tank and let it absorb some gas. Just remember how volatile the gas is and don’t make a bad situation worse by getting any gas on you. In extremely cold temperatures, remember that even though the gas is still liquid it also is the same temperature as the surrounding air and can cause instantaneous frostbite! Your snowmachine seat might also provide fire material.
Moderate exercise can be very helpful in the fight against frostbite. Try not to exert yourself to the point that you start to sweat. As the sweat dries on your body, you’ll really start to cool down. And don’t believe anyone who tells you that at -40°F it is impossible to exert yourself so much that you sweat.
There are products readily available that you can easily store on your snowmachine to help keep your hands warm. Some warmers use chemicals that are activated by squeezing the package, creating a chemical reaction and heating up. Hand warmers are also built into the handlebars on some snowmachines.
Wind chill is the result of the combination of the wind and cold temperatures. The higher the wind speed, the colder the air feels. To avoid exposing yourself to excess wind chill and frostbite situations, check the weather before you ride, and outfit yourself with the correct clothing for your trip.
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