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INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1: Living with Ice and Snow A. Advantages of Winter Travel B. Disadvantages of Winter Travel CHAPTER 2: Ice to Know -- The Ice Formation Process Types of Ice Ice Identification and Metamorphosis Bearing Strength of Ice Ice Deflection Table Overflow Potentially Dangerous Areas To Do and to Carry - Travel Procedures Ice Prod and Makeshift Chisel A Handy Ice Tool Ice Daggers Ice-cutting Tools Needle Bar Swedish Ice Drill Motorized Ice Drills Chainsaw Swedish Ice Saw CHAPTER 3: Snow A. Travel on snow Snowshoes Skis Sleds B. Snow as a Shelter-building Material Four basic designs Common features C. Snow Tools Military Snow Saw Lightweight Snow Saw D. Avalanches Safety Tips for Travel in Avalanche Country CHAPTER 4: Trip Planning and Preparation A. Preparation B. Essential Gear The Personal Survival Kit and the YuCan stove C. Day Pack CHAPTER 5: Living with Cold A. The Body's Protective Mechanisms B. Windchill C. Hypothermia Treatment D. Frostbite CHAPTER 6: Keeping Us Warm (Clothing and Food) A. Clothing Essentials The Dress Code The Proper Materials Footwear Protect Your Skin and Eyes B. Food Essentials Food Value Ease of Preparation Snacks Winter Trail Cooking Kit CHAPTER 7: A Survival Scenario A. This Could Happen to You B. Signals International Distress Signals Signal Mirrors Radios, Beacons and Phones C. Fires Recommended Firestarters Fire Tips D. Survival Food Plants Fish Animals Fall E. Summary: Rules for Survival Appendix A A Reference for Travellers Appendix B Snow Terminology Suggested Reading

About the Author

Monty Alford is a retired federal hydrographer who spent 35 years measuring and studying northern lakes and rivers. He is an experienced instructor of winter survival techniques and safe travel in snow and ice and a mountain guide who has made several ascents of northern peaks Yukon, Alaska, and beyond. He is the author of five books and numerous articles in outdoor, northern, and geographical magazines. He lives in the Yukon.

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