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Preparing for a snowmobile trip
  • Risk exists outdoors whenever you're separated from other human beings or from the comforts of civilization, such as shelter. Trip length does not affect most risks.
  • The risks on short trips can be heightened because they aren't recognized.
  • Overconfidence puts even experienced riders at risk. Anyone can get lost or injured.
  • Without the means to contact someone or to get back, otherwise simple injuries, such as a simple fall over an unnoticed obstacle, can become life-threatening.
  • High-profile rescues have resulted from this short-sightedness, which assumes that everything will go right—an assumption you can't afford in the outdoors.

Whenever you go out, even for a short period:

  • Stop. Tell someone where you're going and when to expect you back.
  • Ask yourself:
    • How well do I know this area and its wildlife?
    • Could the terrain contain hidden drop-offs or obstacles concealed by soft snow?
    • How much fuel do I have?
    • Do I have extra food and water if I can't get back?
    • How will I get back if I'm lost, stranded, or injured?
    • Should I go into new terrain for the first time without more careful planning?
  • Be safe and smart. Always tell someone when you go out, and always take a buddy.
  • Wear your helmet.