Survival preparedness - post crash/emergency landing in a remote area.

Published by: Henry Trikelife on 28th Jun 2016 | View all blogs by Henry Trikelife

I have flown over many remote mountain ranges, big forests with very few access roads, some time over big open water in the last several years. It could become a serious survival situation if anything happens to you or to your trike even during a few hour cross country flight. I decided to carry some emergency survival items in the backpack. What items do you carry in your trike ? Do you have any such experience ? I would like to hear from all other pilots.

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  • white eagle
    by white eagle 1 year ago
    Survival right up my alley Henry. First what is survival. I've seen shows on TV of tough guys climbing cliffs but I usually just laugh. one of the biggest things is to prevent the chance of injury or further complicating a injury. Makes matters worse . Carry a portable ELT locator and for sure you let someone responsible to know where your headed and to know when you'll be back! When snowmobiling I always carry a large bottle of lighter fluid and a good lighter. But true serious survival skills are when you don't rely on anything you have other than you're ingenuity.With creative inginuity you can make find create anything you need in any environment. Sure you can carry in your trike some very eventual survival tools. But don't totally rely on them. Most survival situations have a very bad habit of stripping you naked. After spending the last 23 years very remote in the wilderness of Montana.And 5 years at 7900 ft living in a teepee ,summer and winter living only off the land I feel I am qualified to address this subject. Hone your skills knowledge is the best thing you can put in you're survival bundle. I use to jump up I'm the middle of winter with my family 20 below zero and teach them how to survive a night with nothing but a AA battery and a twisty. Act with dicapline.quickly collect pitch from a few pine trees. You can still find it in winter easily. Hollow the snow out to ground level around a large spruce tree with a piece of bark. Work fast wigleling your face and fingers.keeps blood flowing in your exstremidys and prevents frostbite. Break the inward branches at the base of the tree and pile them up.pull the outward branches down and anchor them into the snow.pile as many for branches around the outside and cover with snow.leave an airspace on top near the trunk. And a small fresh air hole with a snow cubed door built just low enough to crawl in. Take some cotton threads from a place on you're garments. Take the paper off the ends of a twisty and ball up the cotton in the middle mixing it with dried pitch.place the two wire ends on the poss and neg side of the battery . you then can make pitch candles .that small flame placed on a rock near the top vent hole will generate enough heat to keep you from freezing to death. I've done it. In any trike ,plane crash survival scenario you're ability to use ingenuity is your best friend. I am sure there are some really good survival story's out there?
  • Bill Chance
    by Bill Chance 1 year ago
    Because of the wings shape I keep long tie downs on the trike for tying the plane down at airports with tie down rings. If I can stall the trike in heavy trees and don't get skewered by limbs (highly likely with a stick trike) I can let myself down to the ground. A trike with a body would be less likely to have holes poked into you by limbs. There was a story circulating about a pilot of a trike or ultralight that landed in a tree and got killed trying to climb down.

    I don't carry it when flying but I would if flying in remote areas. It's a pack I carry on boat trips and when camping. I keep a pump water filter, some med supplies,a compass, survival blankets, plastic poncho, and one of those Rambo knives with waterproof matches, and usually a couple of MREs. All this fits in a small space. You can go without food for a long time but not water. If flying over a remote area where you can't find it you need to pack some with you.

    I see videos of guys flying in shorts and flip flops. When flying, even on an airliner, I wear nearly 100% cotton and shoes/boots I can walk out in. If you go down in heavy brush/ tall grass even a few miles from the airport you'll regret those shorts and sandals.

    Unless your flying around town, carry any meds you take. I always carry a phone and ID so rescue personnel can notify next of kin if the worst happens.
  • Tom Currier
    by Tom Currier 1 year ago
    Paddle, anchor with a rope (doubles as a lowering/climbing rope), cell phone, straps and covers for my wing, always decent shoes for hiking, and a water bottle.

    I've never had problems flying but am feeling reasonably well prepared. I'll add winter gear when fall creeps up on us.
  • Mark Pansing
    by Mark Pansing 1 year ago
    First Aid kit with trauma bandages. Have been thinking about a survival vest, so I have some of the survival gear on me if I need to abandon the trike. Currently those items are in a camelback that drapes over the front seat.
  • stu sinclair
    by stu sinclair 1 year ago
    def a small first aid kit, a phone charger battery, powerful LED flashlight and a Life Straw!

    http://lifestraw.com/products/lifestraw/
  • Henry Trikelife
    by Henry Trikelife 1 year ago
    I think how we deal with injury is very important. Trauma bandage is a very good item. Life-threatening bleeding has to be stopped immediately, some kind of tourniquet device might be a good item too. If you are injured, it probably attracts bear or other games. How you protect yourself from these animals ? Do we need a gun ? (probably need 44mag for bear) Or bear spray is enough ?
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 1 year ago
    Henry I would carry pepper spray as a defense in griz country. Carrying a weapon my choice would be a 22 long rifle pistol .there light, compact and you can carry a lot of ammo. A well placed shot will bring down a deer. Then you have food , sinus for rope or a bow .lard for cooking, glue etc. 22 can be used for small game and signal to rescue searchers.
    I have encountered many grizzlys on my horse and have been charged by moose and black bears . I have also been up close and personal with lions. Here is some of the facts if you want them on large predaters. I when traversing deep woods particularly at night yell out here bear. A bear moose or lion would rather avoid you.
    Facts on bears a wounded bear is twice as likely to kill you.
    Black bears are more likely to eat you and make sure you are dead! Than griz
    You can outrun a bear if you are on a steep slope and can run downhill (because bears have short legs the go head over heels) but other than that forget it. A griz can run 50yards dash in six seconds.
    12 guage magnum with a slug is an adaquite grizzly defence gun.
    Black bears die fairly easy but don't be deceived by the power of a bear.I once helped the fish and game put a cub in a cage. That cub bent a 3/8 piece of sheet metal in half with its mouth.

    A grizzly or Alaskan brown(ursus horibelus) is like a wild bore pig. Once there adrenaline is pumping the our incredably hard to kill. A grizzly has been known to be able to function with his heart completely destroyed in his chest for 15 minutes. A griz can kill you with one swat .two hunters were killed in radium hot springs BC in a place I use to camp.they were snapping a selfie with an elk they killed.both father and son were killed instantly with there 30-06 rifles less than 10 feet away. Keep you're food catch away from camp tied up in a tree.food smells forget it bears are like sharks they can smell micro traces of food for miles.
    I have ridden my horses for thousands of miles cross country not on roads or trails.with a little knowledge and respect you have more danger from man.
    We had a grizzly fatality on a police officer in glacier who suprized a grid in glacier yesterday. Make noise.

    My fathers hunting partner was killed in a very famous incident in the 50s in the Bob marshal wilderness. He wounded a griz who came close to the pack train . the bear tracked him to there next camp singled him out of his tent. That bear was shot over 20 times with a 30-06 before he died.
    I have shot two bears I didn't like doing it but it was nessasary. I have incredible love and respect for them. I love tracking them on my horse.
    You are much more likely getting murdered or dying in a car crash. With a little knowledge in a survival situation wild animals are no problem.
    I just intertained two trikers from NY(very wonderful people) who went through glacier and Yellowstone.
    Everyone alive must see these places including Banff Canada at least once.
    Please go look at Henrys incredible footage over glacier. My favorite
  • Bill Chance
    by Bill Chance 1 year ago
    Henry, I didn't go into details about my med kit but you can buy Quick Clot powder and a staple gun that is sterile until opened. The gun is faster and hurts less than stitches with a needle and thread and more reliable than super glue.

    Of course not deviating from a known flight path, carrying one of those Sat. locator beacons, and staying with the downed aircraft is the best bet emergency people say. A trike doesn't make a big debris field to see from the air so one might need to enhance the crash site if your able. But if you have broken bones and can't move much the Sat beacon will guide rescue right to you though. The Sat. beacon can be carried in a pocket.
  • wexford air
    by wexford air 1 year ago
    Dont forget to let someone know your gone!
    you could have all the kit in the world but if nobody is looking for you it can get lonely pretty quick
  • Tom Currier
    by Tom Currier 1 year ago
    White Eagle, we have an abundance of black bears here in NH as of late. When not flying I'm usually hiking or biking on our trails up behind the house and recently just surprised a pair of 400lb. black bears just walking around the corner to our garage. Fortunately my dog was with me (a 13lb scary monster but with a shrill bark) so my close encounter simply saw the bear amble off. A bear about 40' away is a bit intimidating.

    I'm usually sporting a 9m Karh "concealed carry" with the intent of making noise with it. I think shooting a bear with that would just piss him off and I'd be a goner. After that experience from a few weeks ago I've held back from my quiet walks in the evening up on the trails and either bring the dog or otherwise make sure we're talking loudly if my wife is along.

    Good advice given......thanks.
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 1 year ago
    Thanks tom that's one thing I forgot to mention. Dogs are one of the best bear deterrents. They bark and most bears are afraid of them. If you do get in a scrape your dog will tie the best up long enough for you to find a solution. That 9m would take down a charging black bear. But would be insufficient for a grizzly.usually a black bear will give you a bluff charge . clicking his jaws ,pounding the ground with his front paws with a grunt or bark. At that point you don't want to make eye contact and try to vacate his territory.A grid will do the same thing but they tend to shake there heads more. If you do have to shoot a bear you want to do it when they are pointed away from your direction.Most bears are generally pretty dociel to there reputation. A 400 lb black bear is a good size . I bet tom you find it an exillerating life awakening experience. New Hampshire woods I bet are beautiful.
    I think the most underestimated animal in the woods are moose. I've been chased over 3-1/2 miles by a cow moose. Terrifying . they are so determine to get you ,they don't give up. And they also can be very hard to kill when their adrenaline is pumping. My mom was born and raised in Yellowstone . she was known for chasing after grizzlys when the use to have the old dump there.pilots trikers flying xc over uninhabited areas really should hone there survival skills.I
    I think its garret spetter who fly's up there pretty north in Alaska. Polar bears are known to stalk humans for food. Got to be pretty challenging staring down a polar bear?
  • Henry Trikelife
    by Henry Trikelife 1 year ago
    white eagle, I found the report from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They investigated the grizzly attack cases since 1992. The report says that 50% of people used firearms suffered injury, against ,most of people used bear spray escaped uninjured. Very interesting.

    https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/grizzly/bear%20spray.pdf
  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 1 year ago
    I feel the best option for any back woods, remote landing/crash is a modern ELT with satellite coverage. You actuate it if you know you are going down, it actuates if you have a hard landing from the G forces, it is designed exactly for such an event.

    In addition to immediate first aid, get an immediate rescue. I use a SPOT for my trike and a modern ELT for the airplane, but I think I am going to put in an ELT, in addition to the SPOT in the new trike I will be flying.

    It is required in airplanes but not in trikes.
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 1 year ago
    Paul I agree that spot or ELT is great for having transversing the wilds of nature but like all man made things don't totally rely on it. Even with ELT help may not come for a while.nature has a way of removing the things you rely on most! Hone your survival inginuity skills.I can make you oyster stew deep in the wilderness or the high desert. 1000 miles from the sea. Find the plant yellow goatsbeard cut the tap roots into oyster size bites boil in a little water in a paper or styrafoam cup by setting it directly on the coals . bam oyster stew.You've crashed 50 miles in the rugged wilderness doing a 100 mile xc.you got out of you're trike and your ELT is smashed .you're OK but a nasty cut prevents you from walking out. The question is not can you survive but how long can you survive.
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 1 year ago
    Henry if Sonya and I are riding our horses .as you know everywhere we go is grizzly country . I carry pepper spray and in my scabber is my Mossberg 12 gauge magnum that shoots a 3-1/2 inch shell with a slug.
    BTW everyone henry who has never ridden a horse before came up to my cabin and rode on a 10 mile ride crossed a river and up to the cedar forest . he was a real trooper but driving back to LA sitting on a big pillow I started to feel bad. He hee
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 1 year ago
    a credit card.
  • Thomas Nielsen
    by Thomas Nielsen 1 year ago
    How about some water distributed over several bottles to make sure some survive impact. A filtering kit, wont get you far if there is no water or you cant walk. An ELT is a must, but if you are stranded for a while in a hot desert environment, dehydration will quickly become your biggest problem. Well before dehydration kills you, it leaves you confused and lethargic. Also a hydrated body can sustain and heal injury far better, especially if there is blood loss. We lost 3 hikers in Tucson last weekend. They all died the same day they went onto the trails.
  • Henry Trikelife
    by Henry Trikelife 1 year ago
    Engine quit is always my concern and most probable cause of an emergency/forced landing. Rotax 912 is very reliable and proven engine as far as you properly take care of it. But we never can say it is 100 % safe. I traveled to the northwest states (Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado etc.) and flew over many wilderness areas in the last four years. I flew over big mountain ranges alone few times. Preparing for survival in emergency event is very important. I really appreciated your inputs here. I think personal locator/beacon (Spot or 406MHz device is the "MUST" item in these kind of flights. I strongly agree with Paul. I should have multiple devises. If you have injury, the first 72 hours will be critical. I have to depend on these devices to be found and rescued quickly.
  • Henry Trikelife
    by Henry Trikelife 1 year ago
    monty, yeah, credit card is another must item. I can dig some eatable plant roots with it. And if you have many of them, you can make black smoke for signaling.
  • Henry Trikelife
    by Henry Trikelife 1 year ago
    Thomas, I agree we should have water for few days in our trike. we can survive for a week or more without food but not water. Even in northern states, it is very dry in summer and water source could be miles away.
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 1 year ago
    Henry Thomas for water why not do what monty does he carries a bag of powdered water. Mixed with a little imagination, made mostly of salt and walla . you can see water everywhere
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