Winter Overnight Training

Sixteen IMSARU members and a guest from the Idaho Division of Aeronautics spent the weekend training in the snow near Mores Creek WinterSurvival16_2Summit.  The trip began with sunny skies and warm temps, but overnight the weather stepped up the challenge a bit by adding 5″ of new snow. Members used a fWinterSurvival16ull array of structures including trenches (with snow or tarp roof), snow caves, tents, and tree wells. This is an annual training event for IMSARU, giving members a chance to hone their preparation, gear, and tactics for use in a cold and possibly wet environment. The goal is to expose members to conditions seen during a winter search, and prepare them for the possibility of spending a winter night out with a stranded subject, when night-time extraction is not available.

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