Roger Huntington lives year round with his wife Carole at Kokrine's Bible
Camp halfway between Galena and Ruby. He knows more about wilderness
travel than anyone I know. Last year, his nephew Tyler took over one of his
cabins and traplines and Roger put together some notes that all of us should
read and understand. Tyler's preface: I would like to share some information
with everyone that my uncle Roger Huntington shared with me last year,
about being out in the country and survival advice. Some very important info.
I printed out a copy for myself and use it as a checklist before I head out
since I always get in a rush and forget the most important things. I think it
would be very selfish of me not to share. Feel free to add anything as well.
I know that you are very knowledgeable about machines and travel during
winter but here are a few things that I learned over the years; sometimes
after many mistakes. Most of my trapping I did while alone and in that there
is always greater risk.
SAFE operations is a must.
Before you go away from the cabin; be sure there is enough wood for at
least two weeks with kindling always available. Always have a small bundle
with fire starter in easy reach to start a quick fire.
A medical kit. there is one there but it is old. I have one here that I can let
I always have a "5 day antibiotic treatment available" (skinning poopie
marten with a cut is never good; Alcohol rubs can really help avoid
Hand Soap & dish soap.
Soup making supplies, crackers, boxed potato slices, salt, pepper. grease.
tea, coffee, sugar, honey.
Pancake mix, jam, syrup.
meats, bacon, sausage.
****Precooked meats and soups frozen in small containers*** (a lot of the
time you will be too tired to even cook so having ready to eat meals
becomes very important. Carole always prepares a lot of meal before I go. I
really appreciate her hearty oatmeal cookies.)
Energy bars, Dry fish, dry meat (can make dry meat there too).
22 with shells.
At least a dozen work gloves, there may be some there.
A good traveling come-a-long [hand operated winch] with at least 100 foot of
strong rope. (I have rope that I can put with the traps & snares that I have for
At least two boys axes, a machete & file.
A small hand saw, I always have a Stanley 22 inch Sharp tooth with my
A good thermos.
quart can for melting snow over fire. ( i think there is one there)
at least four rolls of baling wire.
A small back pack for walking back after a break down.
Small tarp with cords for building a shelter.
Small traveling bag with mat.
two space blankets.
two pair extra boot liners.
box of heavy duty trash bags.
Strike Anywhere Matches.
at least six Bic lighters.
Toilet paper & HEAT for making emergency fire.
chemical hand warmer packets for inside mitts. they saved me many times.
A couple of head lamps with lots of spare batteries.
Bait bag (or box)
For the machine: extra plugs, fuel filter, belts, transmission oil, anti-freeze, 2
cycle oil if used.
Pre-plan your day and even for the week. I think you know pre-planning well.
Remember that you are always coming back to the cabin in the dark or even
the next day.
Over flow is always around so planning on getting wet from time to time.
(having extra gear in a garbage bag should always be with you. & never wait
to get into something dry on cold days; many times I suffered much by
waiting almost too long)
When I go out further than ten mile this is what I have with me.
On my person: (in pocket, inside parka pouch or small pack:
lighter or good matches
Fire starter. ( in a double zip-lock some cloth soaked with oil or paper towel
socked with bacon grease)
Bottle of water.
Sat-phone or signaling device.
A good & sharp knife.
Small can with wire for hanging. the can can be use to keep food. can may
be used to melt snow. (water is a life saver; especially hot or warm water)
On the machine: no matter how far I go.
a place to dry gloves under the hood.
Come-a-long with ropes.
at least two extra gloves.
Sharp Tooth saw.
On long trips I go overboard on bringing stuff.
Cold weather parka & warm mittens.
sleeping bag, tarp, cord, mat, space blanket.
extra boots, liners,
six pair of gloves
Food to keep me two days.
Anti-cramping pills for walking home.
a medium heavy duty nylon for easy dragging to haul what you cannot carry
22 or pistol.
NEVER cross a lake or creek before checking it out on foot.
NEVER try bust through brush or places where there might be a stump
(beaver cuttings) under the snow. I did a lot of machine damage by being
impatient over the years.
STAY OFF the river when ever possible. the YUKON will always have over
flow; sooner or later.
Keep a log at the cabin and record where you are going that day; with time
you left and time planing to return.
There are NO SKIN STRETCHERS there. I always just skin and put the
skins in zip-locks do them in town. Focus primarily on catching all the while
you are there. Remember too, a trap NOT SET catches nothing. you see a
track, set there.
Tyler, I am glad that you want to try this and I am very willing to help where
& when I can. In conclusion I ask you that you CARE for your self! DO NOT
wait to ask for help. when you are alone one's mind can play games with a
man. solitude can be trying and can lead to feeling of failure & depression;
especially when catches are NOT AS WHAT HOPED FOR.
Turn on the Delorme GPS every time you go out!!!!!!!!!!!
I will let you use my Sat-phone; I want you to be able to talk with your kids
and family from time to time.
Somethings you should always remembers before you go for ride.
Did I forget anything ? Let us all know
Did I forget anything ? Let us all know
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