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  • A True Survival Story from a Best Glide A.S.E. Inc. Customer

    From time to time A.S.E. is fortunate enough to hear stories of how our products have helped improve the lives of our customers. Unlike action-packed stories from Hollywood, survival situations are rarely predictable and a happy ending is not guaranteed. The story we present here is a verbatim account of the writer and his spouse as they cope with a dangerous situation using determination and self-awareness. They take through the moment they discovered (as many others have) how quickly things can change and what they did to ensure they survived.

    Personal names and identifiers have been changed, but the story has not been embellished or detracted from truth in any way. Read and learn from someone who has been there... not just because they used our Survival products, but because they had the foresight to prepare for an emergency.

     

    "Dear Best Glide,

    I wanted to email you today to tell you what great survival kits you have! They are truly superb. I've had a lot of different kits in the past, and I really favor yours.

    In fact, one of your kits saved my life and I would like to share the story with you. It's a bit long, so I hope you have the time to read it. I would love to hear back from you, so please read on!

    Okay, here goes... where to start...

    In April 2013, me and my wife set out on what was supposed to be a pleasant weekend stay in a remote cabin, about 20 miles outside the city of Juneau, Alaska. The cabin itself was a good 8 miles from the nearest road, which was seldom driven down at that time of year.

    At that point, we had only lived in Southern Alaska for about a year, and had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.

    Each with about 60 - 70 pounds of gear on our backs, we started the hike through the woods which took us down a winding path up around a mountainside. Although seasoned hikers and both physically fit, we knew almost immediately that we had made the mistake of overpacking for our trip, myself especially, and the extra weight on our backs was feeling heavy and cumbersome.

    Half way through the hike we had worked our way around the side of the wooded mountain. The opposite side was still thick with snowfall from earlier in the month, something we had not anticipated, and as we continued the snow-laden ground seemed to get deeper and deeper. Soon enough, it was almost impossible to make out where the trail was and we were using our map, compass and intuition to guide us to this fabled cabin – a place reportedly far from the trappings of civilization and a great place for a romantic getaway.

    We were wading knee deep in snow with heavy gear. Every other "wade" seemed to land me in a spot off the hidden track and my leg would plummet down into the hardened snow right up to my waist. It was painful. Trying to pull ourselves out of these pits was sapping every ounce of energy from our bodies, and with me being about 80% heavier than my girl, weighting in at a muscular 195 lbs., I was falling deeper, harder and with more regularity into these waist-high ice pits.

    2 hours in to the hike and the going was intensely slow. We had stopped to drink, eat a little, and replenish our energies, but the clouds overhead had darkened considerably and a blizzard was upon us. As the hail and wind thrashed across our already tired faces, the succession of minor leg and knee injuries from my falls was enough to make me want to call the whole thing off.

    It was at that time that I'd remembered the quality of "mental toughness" that the Army had helped instill in me all those years ago, and so, hoping that the worst was soon to be over, we pushed on.

    D, my partner, was looking exhausted but slightly better for wear than I, and surprisingly it was I who found myself relying more on her to pull me through the difficult hike than the other way around.

    Fall after fall, and cut knee after cut knee, we found ourselves questioning our navigation skills. "Surely this has been more than 8 miles?" " This has been the longest 8 miles of my life." "Did we go the wrong way?" "Can you even read a map?" "I'm trusting you." "Maybe I was wrong, maybe my map-reading isn't up to par" "What if we took a wrong turn?" "How far is the cabin from here?" "Didn't we already pass this tree stump a mile back?" "Should we call for a helicopter evacuation?"

    All these questions ran through our minds, some of those thoughts even came out of our mouths as the minus 20-degree wind tightened its grip on our chilled bodies.

    I fell once more into a pit, this particular one was so deep, worse than any trench you can imagine, more of a big hole really. My knee was in a bad way. The only way I could haul myself out was by ditching half the stuff in my pack.

    It was seven hours before we reached the cabin.

    A tiny little hut perched on the edge of a frozen lake, in an open clearing of the colossal Tongass National Forest. The lake was ice, over that, we guessed, perhaps 4 feet of fresh powder snow. Lucky the cabin looked out on the lake and we didn't have to cross the lake to get there.

    By the time, we had reached the cabin, it was dusk and all our water supplies had been exhausted. We literally fell in through the front door and collapsed. I awoke an hour later to the sound of my partner trying to get a fire going. Nothing in the cabin seemed to work. There was barely anything substantial inside with which to survive, other than a few small pieces of wood. A log book lay in the corner, with a story from each person who had visited. Mainly nice stories of people who had come in the Summer and had fun. I could tell that this trip wasn't going to be among those pleasant entries.

    I used the survival matches in my Military Scout Survival Tin to ignite some tinder and get the kindling going. We threw on whatever logs we had to get some warmth into the place. We now had shelter, we had fire (for the time being), our next priority was water.

    My partner decided it might be wise to search for water before we went to sleep. We needed to find a water source. My leg had been injured during the trip there, and I could barely walk. I gave her the whistle from my survival kit, along with a battery-powered flashlight and told her not to go too far. I wish I could have gone with her, and staying in the cabin while she ventured out seemed to drain all the manhood and morale from me. But I couldn't risk further injury.

    While she was gone, I checked our phones – of course, needless to say there was no signal all the way out here, and despite one friend back in town who knew where we were heading, we had no way to contact the outside world.

    She came back half an hour later looking pale and weak – no water.

    Our water supplies were out but luckily our food wasn't. We had packed enough for 3 days – all "boil-in-the-bag" type food in those sachets similar to Army rations.

    We slept.

    The next day, my leg felt slightly better after the night's rest. We awoke and made the decision to cut wood from surrounding trees and boil snow for water. It may take three times more energy to break snow down to into water, and then boil it, but we had no choice.

    The blizzard was largely over, but it was still cold. The surrounding snow was muddy, filthy and covered in debris from the trees. The cleanest snow looked to be over the top of the frozen lake, but standing on the iced-over lake would have been a foolhardy idea. So that morning, I edged myself across the lakes' surface, laying flat on my belly, crawling and scooping.

    We had snow, clean snow. Now all we needed was wood.

    I used the wire saw in my Best Glide survival kit to saw low lying branches from nearby evergreens and haul them back to the cabin, where we sawed them into smaller pieces. By lunchtime, my work was done, and we were able to start fire, boil water and eat our food, thanks to a little ingenuity and my survival kit.

    That night the weather calmed to an almost serene stillness. Frozen breath lingered in the air as you spoke like it would stay there for an eternity, and the moon shone down its approval on us. Across the lake, the howling of a small pack of wolves was audible.

    On Sunday, after having taken the time to repair and replenish our bodies, we did a stock take of our equipment and decided that the time was now. The weather was good, and had been so for 12 hours. But it could turn bad again at a moment's notice, so if we wanted to get out of here and back to civilization then we must make haste while we are in good spirits and sound health.

    We knew the trek back would be blisteringly painstaking. But after the challenges we had endured over the previous 48 hours, it did not seem as bad. No blizzard. No wind. Just cold and waist-deep snow, which thinned out to bare soil the closer we were to getting home. The sun was out and shining, telling everyone what a joyous day it was to be alive. Half way down the trail, the snowy section ended and the trail was visible once more.

    It took us 4 hours on the way back, not 7, and as we reached the final mile, 3 ladies hiked towards us, chatting, one of them casually holding a cup of Starbucks and preparing to do a morning hike to a cabin they'd heard about by word of mouth.

    But, little did they know what they were getting themselves into. Would the weather change on them? Just like us 3 days ago... would this hike, for them, be an utterly life-changing experience?

    So, I guess that is the end of story. I really owe it to your kit. I do not know what we would have done without your kit on me – buying and bringing the military scout pocket survival tin on that trip was probably the best decision I ever made.

    As you can imagine, because of this, I am a huge fan of your products and now, one year on, I try to make a habit of learning and practicing general survival skills whenever I have the time, because it's true when they say "you just never know..."

    The only minor grievance I had of my kit was when we traveled south through the U.S. in early 2014, the weather was naturally warmer, and the beeswax candles melted in the tin all over the other equipment and spoiled some of them. Unfortunately, I had to eventually ditch the kit.

    Perhaps, as some constructive advice, you might be able to start packaging the candles in a small plastic baggie or ziploc to prevent this?

    Earlier this year, we relocated from Alaska to the beach town of B Y here in Virginia. Quite a change from the wilds of Alaska, you might say. It's not as beautiful here, much more urban and a bit more polluted than I'd hoped for, but we do still enjoy camping and trekking during our weekends off.

    In fact, I'm planning us a weeklong trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in about a month or so. And I would love to be able to take something from Best Glide along with me. I would be a great pleasure to receive something from you, just for kicks.

    I want to wish the Best Glide team all the very best. Keep up the great work, and know that your kits are saving lives out there in some form or another.

    Kind Regards,

    B. (Former Soldier and Survivalist)"

     

    When we received this letter, we felt a great deal of enthusiasm and relief, for many reasons. The writer and his wife had survived a difficult situation with optimism and self-determination. We began our business with the hopes of making sure more people have the survival items they need, when they need them. Although we would like everyone to purchase their survival equipment from Best Glide A.S.E. Inc., simply knowing people have the knowledge and gear they need is our number one goal - no matter where they obtained it.

    We salute P. and D.'s determination and attention to their preparations. This couple took the time to examine their plans and build an adequate survival kit before their adventure. Not only did they prepare themselves with the right equipment, they used their knowledge and creativity to solve problems as they came along. This couple exemplifies the survival mentality: creative survival skills, calm mentality, and knowledge of their equipment. This letter, as well as thousands of other stories, demonstrates the point of the adage "Fortune Favors the Prepared".

    As a side note, we took P.B.'s suggestion to heart and now ALL Best Glide A.S.E. Inc. Survival Kits / Tins that have beeswax candles as part of the kit are now shipped within zip-close type plastic baggies. We encourage anyone who has used our equipment in a time of emergency to let us know about their experiences. Sharing your experiences helps us all learn from each other.

    “Fortuna favet præparaverat”

    This entry was posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2014 by Patrick Carey.

     

  • Cowboy Survival: Using Old-fashioned Practices to Understand Survival Basics.

    Not too long ago, I re-read one of my favorite books - "The Adventures of Bigfoot Wallace". This book, published in 1871, tells the life stories of William "Bigfoot" Wallace. An occasional Texas Ranger and surveyor, Bigfoot Wallace famously survived captivity in Mexico City before returning to Texas. He  spent the remainder of his life hunting, scouting, and living off the land until he died at the age of 77. The book itself is full of in-depth stories of a frontier hero adjusting to life following a devastating war. Each tale offers insight and knowledge into frontier survival while learning the perseverance of an honorable man.

    Of the adventures found in this book, I found myself struck by the simplicity of everything. It amazed me to realize his entire life depended on such few items. Most days he simply carried a musket, bullets, lead, bullet mold, and powder horn. Aside from a fighting knife, skinning knife, and flint with steel striker, he carried little else. Aside from luxuries, such as tobacco or blanket, Bigfoot counted on the land to provide for all of his needs. Considering the luxuries available now, the minimalism of his survival kit is almost shocking.

    Although there are many basic survival kits out there, this particular point may cause some to re-evaluate their own kits.  I found myself evaluating everything from my survival equipment to my own ability to live without comforts. As I peruse the many survival items we distribute, I meditate on the simplicity of what our fore-fathers took into the wilderness.  Our forefathers had the knowledge and confidence to not only survive, but actually thrive!

     

    Knowledge

    It is important to realize that the folks of yesteryear had an intimate knowledge of what the wilderness had to offer. Knowledge then was often passed down through the generations and shared between residents in each area. Modern survivalists have endless options for self-education, including the Internet, local library, or local bookstore. Consider learning more about the climate, terrain, animal life, and edible plant life in your region. You can also contact local hunting or fishing guides for more information.

    Regardless of the era, basic survival has the same essentials – fire, water, shelter, signaling, and food. Impressively, people on the frontier often met all these needs with knife, hatchet, gun, and fire-starter. The vast majority of what they needed was found on the trail, knowledge and experience being their only guide. They frequently built lean-to shelters on the go while the flint and steel provided the heat needed. Knives, snares, and firearms helped gather the meat needed to keep going while water was found in streams. When you consider modern personal survival kits, this makes it seem like we are all over-packers!

     

    Equipment

    Despite how impressive this may seem, I honestly believe that Bigfoot Wallace would've appreciated modern survival equipment. Paracord, fresnel lenses, compasses, and prepared tinder are just a few examples of compact items that would've made frontier life significantly easier. We've gotten used to having “everything” at our fingertips but, honestly, it’s better to have what you need rather than need something and not have it.

    The tales of Bigfoot Wallace teach us that it's not always what you have with you, but what you're willing to do to ensure your survival. An understanding of the absolute basics of survival can be had by anyone willing to put themselves to the test. Go into the wilderness and learn how to use native materials to construct a shelter. Use wire to set snares and study how to prepare the catch for consumption. Practicing how to identify edible plants and animals in your area is a perfect example of practicing frontier survival.

     

    There is an indescribable satisfaction that comes from sitting by a handmade campfire near a shelter you built, enjoying water you purified and while your catch cooks over the fire. It's the knowledge that, you have what you need to survive. If you can do it today – you can do it whenever you need it.

     

    "Fortuna favet præparaverat  -  Fortune Favors the Prepared!"

    This entry was posted in Uncategorized on March 4, 2013 by Patrick Carey.

  • Survival Accessories: How Paracord and Duct Tape Can Save Lives

    There are a lot of opinions out there about ideal survival equipment and what exactly everyone needs in a disaster. Regardless of preference, every survival kit is made of the same essentials: fire, shelter, water, signaling, and food gathering. Many kits include basic items for these needs yet there are some survival accessories that can make things a lot easier. Few consider duct tape or paracord to be a survival essential despite both items having infinite uses!

     

    Paracord

    Surprisingly, few companies sell military-grade paracord. Although paracord is available on survival websites, few feature paracord with the same strength characteristics used by the military. True paracord has a "breaking strength" of 550 pounds - explaining why the most commonly used paracord is often referred to as "550 Paracord". Here are two simple ways to determine Real US MilSpec Paracord:

    • Genuine MIL-SPEC MIL-C-5040 Type III Paracord can be opened on one end by unraveling an inch or so. Pull back on the outer sheath (the colored nylon covering) to reveal the inner strands. Genuine MilSpec Paracord has exactly seven yarns, each made up of 3 separate strands. One of the yarns will be a different color and there is no other filler or inner core. Inferior "commercial" grade cords have 7 or less yarns made up of two strands and no contrasting yarn colors.
    • You can also ask the paracord supplier for the "Certificate of Compliance". If they are selling real paracord, they'll know exactly what you're asking for. Each Certificate of Compliance will have the manufacturer's name, the type of Paracord, and the date of manufacture for that lot. There's sometimes a statement that certifies that the Paracord was manufactured according to specifications with more detailed information.

    Commercial Paracord may be a useful item for non-critical uses and projects, but military-quality paracord offers infinite survival uses. Genuine MilSpec Paracord is essential when reliability, safety, and quality cannot be questioned. Best Glide A.S.E. Inc. will always proudly provide a current certificate whenever requested.

     

    Duct Tape

    There are many brands of duct tape available but commercial-grade duct tape is essential to any survival kit. Best Glide A.S.E. Inc. offers a few types of duct tape that can be purchased independently or as a part of our many assembled survival kits.

    • Avoid inexpensive or decorative duct tapes as they tend to be less reliable
    • Consider keeping a small roll of mini survival repair tape for survival uses
    • For heavy-duty jobs, consider Tenacious Repair Tape for its super-aggressive stick and clean adhesive technology
    • Survivalists often refer to "100 MPH Tape"; I have no personal experience but many experienced survivalists endorse its use

     

    Both of these items can be extremely helpful while also being compact and extremely versatile. Each has endless uses that are limited only by the imagination. You can use duct tape to repair equipment, mend a shelter, or even treat a medical emergency. Paracord can do everything, including gathering food, building shelter, and assisting with first aid. The tiny fibers can even be used as sewing material! Duct tape is already recognized for its usefulness, try imagining what it can do for you in the field. You can learn more about how paracord can assist survival here.

     

    "Fortuna favet præparaverat  -  Fortune Favors the Prepared!"

    This entry was posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2013 by Patrick Carey.

  • Military Surplus - What is Real, What is Not

    One of the benefits of being involved in the survival industry is access to military surplus equipment. Military surplus is a wide-open market with items in various condition that could be from any decade. This can mean anything from an ammo pouch mixed in with hundreds of canteens to canvas gear bags filled with tiny Tabasco bottles. The vast majority of the items we receive are related to the items we carry. And then, there are the knock-offs.

    The survival industry offers an impressive variety of items to choose from. So much so, it can be difficult to distinguish between genuine items and “knock-offs”. Other companies feature items with descriptions such as "USGI - Type", "GI -Type", or "Military Approved" without any evidence of military endorsement. These items find themselves in our surplus pallets when a serviceman replaces missing issued gear on their own. And Impressively, some are almost indistinguishable from the genuine thing.

    Every time we come across these ingenuine items, we realize that less experienced buyers may not be able to tell the difference. We understand that people need to prepare themselves on a budget but this doesn’t mean you have to settle for second-rate equipment. Knowing what to look as you shop for genuine United States Government Issue (USGI) Military Surplus (MilSurp) is very important when you want to ensure you are getting the real thing.

     

    National Stock Numbers

    Look for an obvious set of words and numbers printed directly on the item or on a tag attached to the item. This is known as the National Stock Number (NSN) and indicates the manufacturer. Often using the same numbers for multiple items, this number verifies authenticity.

    Ex. the Genuine Issue US Military Surplus Canteen Coverhas the following NSN printed directly on the nylon cover:

    COVER, WATER CANTEEN, LC-2  1 - QUART

    SP0100-04-d-4220

    NSN 8465-00-860-0256

    REYES INDUSTRIES, INC.

    Other Than MilSpec

    Avoid items that advertise “US-type”, “USGI-type”, “MilSpec-type”, etc. This may seem obvious but these companies are openly advertising the fact that the item is not military quality. Even a small item like a P-39 or P-51 Can Opener will have, at the least a "US" stamped into it. Inspect items closely, if you can. If you are shopping online, ask your supplier directly for the NSN number or a close up image of the stamp.

     

    Best Glide A.S.E. Offers Military Quality!

    When you choose to buy from A.S.E., you can trust that are items are genuine military issue. We proudly feature the NSN directly in the product descriptions. Plus our items are selected by an agent acting for the DRMO - Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office – for the U.S. Department of Defense. We even offer items in various conditions to meet the budgets of all our customers. Items in “Used”, “Very Good” and “Like New” condition often have a "DRMO" stamped or printed onto it. This indicates the military has replaced this item in their inventory and this item is approved for distribution to approved markets.

    We inspect, categorize, and package, usually right out of the crate. Buying military surplus often, we don’t expect items to be new or un-issued unless advertised as such. Many items have small tears, rips, holes, large stains, etc. though all items are very usable. We're sure to be very clear in our descriptions with several levels of description depending on the condition of an item.

    The United States Government equips its troops with some of the finest equipment in the world. A lot of what ends up as MilSurp can still be utilized for many years to come. We are always looking for the best deals on quality MilSurp that we can pass on to you at the lowest prices. One thing we can promise: If we wouldn't use it - we won't sell it. Keep an eye on our site for new items, especially in the MilSurp category - we've got some good stuff on the way!

     

    Remember - " Fortuna favet præparaverat  -  Fortune Favors the Prepared!

    This entry was posted in Uncategorized on October 16, 2012 by Patrick Carey.

  • 6 Questions to Ask When Buying Survival Equipment

    As the survivalist and prepper way of life becomes more popular, the options for survival equipment become more diverse. Amazon alone features over one million results for ‘survival equipment’ and Google produces an impressive 16 million results. When we think of the ideal qualities in survival equipment: simple, effective, low-maintenance, and indestructible is just a start. If the options for fire starters alone could yield thousands, possibly millions, of results, people need a guide to help them decide what qualities they should be looking for.

     

    1. Does It Have Utility?

    The item should obviously perform as advertised but we value survival items that are multi-functional and offers utility for numerous tasks. Ex. is the emergency blanket strong enough to be used as a makeshift shelter?

    2. Does It Do What It's Advertised to Do?

    Many companies advertise items that ‘last forever’ or work ‘rain or shine’ but do they really? Consider buying two items and trying one at home; you gain practice while testing the reliability of essential items.

    3. Is It Durable?

    According to Murphy's Law, the conditions in which you have to use survival equipment will likely be very poor. Will it work under poor conditions? Will it work when it has to? How long will it last you? Does it have an expiration date?

    4. Is It Dependable?

    Survival items should not only work when you need them, they should continue to work regardless of conditions. A fire starter that only works 5 or 6 times will not be very useful.

    5. Can You Carry It?

    This has more to do with how the item will fit in your pack, pocket, or vehicle? Items should be light-weight and compact. Consider how much everything will weight together because food and water rations often make up a lot of weight.

    6. Is It Affordable?

    There are a lot of high quality survival items on the market yet not all truly offer high-quality utility. Fire-starters that cost $80 often feature identical designs compared to more affordable models and tend to be overly complicated. We tend to offer items at various price points in order to help customer chose what works for them.

     

    Depending on the item in question, there are likely other things to consider (customer reviews, child-friendly, etc.). However, the above questions apply to all of the items we consider for inventory. We pride ourselves on the methods and standards we use in choosing our products. We’ve spent years collecting and purchasing equipment based on our own survival adventure experiences. A.S.E. was founded following our own experiences trying to gather equipment for a series of wilderness treks. Our products are chosen based on personal experience, military knowledge, consistent research, and customer feedback in order to update and maintain our products. If you are looking for survival gear that meets all of the criteria and more, A.S.E. features kits, gear, and accessories for any need.

     

    This entry was originally posted in Uncategorized on August 11, 2012 by Brian Greenlee

  • Survival Equipment Requirements for Alaskan and Canadian Air Travel

    As survival and adventure enthusiasts, not too long ago we choose to plan several flights from the southern United States, through Canada, and into Alaska. As we packed our Cessna, we had to make sure we packed for every possible circumstance. Both Alaska and Canada require specific survival equipment before flying in their airspace, according to government regulations. Before our trip we gathered everything, we needed, plus a few extras, but we found ourselves struggling to find exactly what we needed.

    Through a great deal of shopping and research we finally had everything required: the equipment, the airplane, and our adventurous spirit. We found ourselves completely mystified by the beauty of the “Great Alaskan Wilderness”. As we few over 3,000 miles, we were shocked by how truly wild the Alaskan and Canadian wilderness truly was! After seeing the wilderness below, counted ourselves lucky for the survival equipment they required.

     

    Flying Through Canada

    Think of survival equipment as a secondary insurance policy. Although flying this terrain is considered safe, there is always a possibility of something serious happening, especially in areas where help is far away. Due to the vast expanse of unpopulated and wild terrain, Canadian authorities used to be extremely thorough in their approach to required survival equipment; however, deregulation has left rules undefined and vague. Canadian statues require the means for starting a fire; providing shelter; purifying water; and signaling distress. More information can be found at http://www.equipped.com/ak_cnda.htm

    The former regulations can be considered a guideline for all DIY survival kits. The items required were specific in terms of value and quality, for example acceptable rations are “Food having a caloric value of at least 10,000 calories per person”. They also required: cooking utensils, matches, compass, axe, flexible saw, a stove and fuel (certain conditions apply), 30 feet of snare wire, fishing equipment, a gill net, mosquito nets, tent, sleeping bags (conditions apply), snow shoes (when expecting snow), signal mirror, pyrotechnic distress signals, knife, survival manual, and a conspicuity panel (Signal Panel).

    Although Canada is known for its aggressive bear population, we DO NOT recommend carrying a firearm into Canada on your trip. Canadian Customs have strict regulations regarding firearms which may cause problems for you in the future; handguns are prohibited and all long rifles must be registered. Consider carrying an airhorn or other loud noise making device instead.

     

    Flying Through Alaskan Glacier Fields

    The Alaskan state laws are more lenient and less specific compared to former Canadian regulations. Found in the AS 02.35.110 section of the Alaskan statutes, air travelers are required to carry: rations for each occupant to sustain life for one week, an axe, first aid kit, a survival fishing kit, knife, fire starter, mosquito head nets (much needed!), and two signaling devices.  They also require a set of snowshoes, a sleeping bag, and one wool blanket per occupant during winter months. There is no longer a requirement to carry a “survival” firearm. More information can be found at http://www.equipped.com/ak_cnda.htm

     

    Preparing to Travel

    Any prudent traveler should carry at least the minimal survival equipment; enough to take care of immediate needs when rescue is far away. Although regulations are vague, it is essential to prepare for any possibility. For minimal expense, you can have a basic survival kit that could save your life.  Adventure survival equipment offers their own Alaska Aviation Survival Kit that was created in conjunction with Let’s Fly Alaska. Whether you purchase a premade survival it or make your own, remember:

    • First aid items can save your life
    • Always carry at least two signaling devices
    • Clothing, shelter, and fire provide essential heat
    • People can survive without food but water is an immediate need
    • Include a small, inexpensive survival manual, regardless of skill or knowledge

     

    Fortune Favors the Prepared!

    Information from this article was published in a copy of Cessna Owner Magazine and Piper Owner Magazine.  It is reprinted here with permission from the author.

     

    This entry was posted on August 9, 2012 by Brian Greenlee.

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