Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

Surviving the elements


January 30, 2020

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

This was Seeley Lake pilot Dan Woods' first winter survival course. He has been flying primarily in Florida since the early 1970s and started flying helicopters about 10 years ago. While Woods learned many tips for surviving a crash in the winter he also overcame his fear of spending the night in the snow and cold with the help of the other pilots and trainers.

SEELEY LAKE – Pilots train hard for a potential emergency landing. However, having the knowledge to survive after landing the aircraft in mountainous terrain during the winter season is a whole different skill set. More than 20 individuals learned and practiced their survival skills at the Surratt Memorial Winter Survival Course held in Seeley Lake Jan. 24-26. While everyone recalled different parts of the training stood out, the focus was clear - the best chance for survival in an emergency winter situation is to be prepared, with both knowledge and gear.

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