If you become stranded with a snowmobile. Snowmobiling usually happens in remote locations, it is important to know what to do if you become stranded. How to keep warm in changing landscapes and weather conditions? You should know how to care for snowmobile injuries that may happen on the trail with Stcuck Snowmobile.
Anyone can become stranded with a snowmobile but the most necessary thing is to stay calm and evaluate your situation. Whenever you or anyone in your group is injured, assessing and treating those injuries are a top priority.
If you are stranded due to wind, snow, or blizzard conditions your best option is to stay right there. Until or unless weather conditions get better. If no one in the group is capable to ride or walk. You must prepare to save energy and seek shelter. Use items from your emergency kit to assist you.
Aspect to Consider
Your decisions should evaluate all aspects including:
- Your location
- How far away help is?
- Where you are located in relation to the trail
- You are alone or with someone
- You or someone else is injured
So Always be equipped for your ride by carrying the proper personal items, safety equipment, tools, and an emergency first aid kit which can be critical in the event of an emergency.
If you have properly pre-planned for an emergency. You will have packed food, water, warming materials, and other items to help you through the emergency. Staying warm is extremely important because it helps you to think clearly enough to determine your next move. Always carry a space blanket, fire-starting materials, and dry, spare clothing.
Find a Shelter Quickly
Seek shelter instantly from wind and other winter elements because these elements quickly contribute to your becoming cold. Shelter comes in the following forms:
- In a cave
- Under a tree
- A trail shelter
- Under a shelf
- Under a rock outcropping
- In an old abandoned building
The second option is to make a snow cave by digging into a snowdrift line. You can use whatever material you can find to help stay dry.
Use matches from your emergency kit to help start a fire. Since the warmth will become more important the longer you are stranded.
Determine Your Location
After being stranded with a snowmobile you should have a cell phone with the service try calling 911 for help. Many cell phones have enabled GPS which may help the 911 operator to determine your actual location. Stay on the line to allow them to determine coordinates.
Remember the importance of keeping your phone battery charged, as well as warm by carrying the phone in an inside pocket, and either turned off or to airplane mode to prevent ‘roaming’ or ‘searching for service’ from draining the battery.
You can also use your map, as well as a compass or GPS unit, to help determine your location and how to potentially get back on the trail or pointed in the right general direction.
If you’re still not entirely certain of your location, begin working through a checklist to help pinpoint where you may be stranded.
Did you notice trail marks, road signs, rivers, creeks, or any other landmarks that might help determine where you are?
Are there any geological features that may help point you back onto the trail or in the right general direction?
If you’re unable to determine your exact location or where you need to go for safety or assistance, simply stay put until conditions improve or rescuers arrive.
Determine Distance to Help
If you or somebody else in your group chooses to start walking for help. It should be done only if the person is completely sure of your location, where help may be found, and that help is within a reasonable walking distance in your current snow conditions. If it is close to nightfall or at night. It is best to wait until daylight and instead spend the night by your snowmobile. You have to build a shelter and try to stay warm while saving everyone’s energy through the night.
As we all know snowmobiling is a winter and outdoor sport which offers a lot of physical and mental challenges. If you are stranded with a snowmobile you should be prepared for the worst because anything can happen on trails. So make sure you have the proper tools and equipment to deal with different emergencies. Whenever you plan to go out on trails always tell somebody and never ride alone.