Winter survival tips for outdoor adventurers
Depending on who you ask, winter can be considered a very fun and exciting time of year.
"Winter time is a great time to get out and experience the outdoors. There's all kinds of fun things to do,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Deputy Public Information Officer, John Pepin.
While you're having fun, Pepin reminds people to be safe and use caution.
"It's like any other time of the year in a sense that you need to be prepared for what you're going to be doing. It's good to know where you're going to go, before you go,” he explained.
Cell phones are handy when it comes to finding your location if you are lost in the woods.
But service can be scattered throughout the U.P., so it's helpful to have a physical map, too, along with food, layers of clothing and even a fire starter just in case you're spending the night.
"Anytime you're in the woods, plan on being there for the night,” said Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt.
It is possible to completely avoid being lost by sticking to the buddy system or even letting someone know where you'll be going before heading out.
"Take someone out there with you if you're going to do things. It helps to have a couple of people with you,” urged Sheriff Zyburt.
It's also helpful to know the forecast for the day or evening before exploring.
But if you do find yourself lost, Sheriff Zyburt encourages people to remain calm. Panicking only leads to greater danger.
"A lot times you'll get hypothermia and then you get confusion and then that's when panic sets in, and then it all goes downhill from there so don't panic.”
Sheriff Zyburt is hosting a survival tips class Saturday, February 1, at the Chocolay Township Hall from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to teach helpful skills to the community.
Zyburt encourages people to come to learn how to have fun, while still being safe.