Es­cape a Tree Well

Backpacker - - The Survival Issue -

Skiers and snow­shoers who fall in of­ten end up head first and can suf­fo­cate within 15 min­utes.

1) When slid­ing into the well, grab the tree’s branches or trunk to re­main up­right. 2) Too late? Move your head slowly from side to side to look for air pock­ets. Avoid slough­ing in more snow. 3) Shout for help. If you’re alone, your chances are slim. Try to pop out of your skis or snow­shoes and slowly and me­thod­i­cally feel for a branch or trunk. Grab on, try to shuf­fle your feet side­ways, and haul your­self up­right.

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