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Carl's appeared on Denver area morning news on June 23, 2010.

Below is the article he referred to about Car Survival Tips.

Also, Carl will send you the wallet sized "Trip Tips" card with
basic survival and planning tips for FREE.

Just send a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to:
Wilderness Medicine Outfitters
Attn: Free Trip Tips
2477 County Road 132
Elizabeth, Colorado  80107

Thank You for your interest.



"preparedness prevents the necessity of requiring rescue"

Most of our outings find us arriving by car. Refilling the gas tank when at 1/2 empty can save problems even in the city. When stranded, short term (24-48 hrs) stay with the vehicle. In case of long term activate a self evacuation, leaving behind a detailed plan / account for rescuers. The winter environ being harsher requires more thought and supplies.


1. 2 sacks cat litter (spread on ice for traction)
2. 6 flares or fuses and 3 reflectors with stands
3. tow (min. chain 5/16" X 10', or a strap which can be tied if broken) heaviest you can afford
4. spare fan or pulley belt
5. gas can empty
6. fuses (tester and pulley*)
7. small tool kit
8. hose repair kit or spare hoses*
9. duct tape, one loop bale wire
10. spare key taped to outside of car
11. 2 pr work gloves
12. 2 pr wool socks
13. wool hats (can substitute Poly pro for wool not cotton)
14. wool blanket
15. sleeping bags ( store them in car not closet)
16. snow suit*
17. matches and liter
18. flashlight with spare bulb and batteries, 3 litestick*, plug in spotlight*
19. metal can with lid filled with paraffin and rolled cardboard or 6 candles
20. 10 food bars and 10 bouillon cubes ( 10 dog biscuits)
21. metal cup or can ( can be used to store supplies)
22. 1st Aid Kit (take a long class {30 to 80 hr.} to learn how to use it)
23. heavy plastic ( fruit juice ) gallon jug 3/4 full H20 with several drops bleach
24. shovel with short, D handle
25. heat packs*
26. snowshoes*
27. snowboots* sign, sunshade, orange roadside trash bag doubles as sleep bag or  poncho
29. unread novel, pen, black marker, tablet
30. signal devices; cell phone *best with roof mount ant.*., I D cell strobelight*, mirror & whistle

Anti freeze
fan belts
Clean battery cables and terminals
all tires including spare (air pressure and wear)
jack &lug wrench or cross bar lug wrench
tire chains(make sure they fit the tires on the car)
Inventory above listed items
Battery cables
*=If you can afford them in space and $. Keep kit covered or hidden from outside view to prevent theft. Buy good quality used toolbox/gearbox, dented, scratched, stained, at garage sale or thrift store.
New toolboxes/gearboxes are a greater invitation to theft.


FOX TV chose Carl of WMO
to share lessons for Memorial weekend 2013
to keep hikers save on their weekend hikes
Viewers may send a self addressed envelope for
Better Back Country Trip Tip card and
Katadyn water purifier tablets
To: WMO, 2477 co rd 132
Elizabeth, Colorado 80107

REMEMBER To tell a friend where you are going to be hiking and when you will be home!

Tell them to call 911 for Search and Rescue if
they don't hear from YOU with in 2 hrs of expected home time
YOU MUST call them on time to prevent
unnecessary effort by working volunteers coming after you
as they do 450 times in a average Colorado year

Take with you

  1. extra water [and MP1 tables if you are in an area with available water]
  2. extra food
  3. extra clothing
  4. fire starter
  5. signal mirror/whistle/cell phone
  6. shelter
  7. first aid kit [Call WMO for training]
  8. knife [locking blade or fixed blade  only]
  9. Map and Compass
  10. Light [led head lamp is great]
  11. Call WMO 303-688-5176 for training with all of these!!

SAM Splint Forearm

Triangle Arm Sling

If you really feel there should be a flow chart for medical care instead of studying, thinking then giving care . (Remember Doctors often spend 16 years in school to start a career life time of practice) Well here is your flow chart.

University Student Evaluation system

5 point grading rubric that students should refer to to grade themselves on class evaluation. Some classes will be asked to write this self evaluation on their 3 questions each 4 hour session. Your class will do more hands on [the most contentious classes maybe get 50 exercises, the cooperative classes get 80+] and have more scenarios [record is 23] . , if there are more true 4 and 5 students in your class.
5- Arrived to class on time making all sessions. Student demonstrated enthusiasm for class. Student volunteered to participate. Student was prepared. Student had completed assignments, reading, prior to class. Student tried as hard as possible. Student politely accepted instructor constructive comments. Student never argued in class. Student researched issues they felt to be different and brought same research privately to instructor. Student never took up class time with private issues. Student helped other students in many ways including keeping class smoothly on schedule. Student rarely shared personal experiences and if doing so asked instructors permission keeping sharing short and on topic. Student does detailed 5 lists asking for instructor review. Student uses all extra resources and asks for more.
4- Arrived to class on time, missing no sessions. Student demonstrated enthusiasm for class, mostly. Student generally volunteered, but occasionally had to be called upon to help or participate. Student was mostly prepared. Student had completed most or all of the assignments outside of class. Student tried hard most of the time. Student occasionally helped other students including occasionally helping class move forward on schedule. Student tried to share a little to often. Student uses all extra resources. Student does detailed 5 lists.
3- Student came to class on time or very close, missing one session. Student was generally cooperative, not necessarily enthusiastic. Student would sometimes volunteer, but generally needed to be called on to participate. Student was somewhat or partially prepared. Student had done most of assignment. Student tried to be cooperative, but didn’t really try hard. Student didn’t bring supplies. Student is asked occasionally to save that discussion for break. Student uses some extra resources. Student does sketchy 5 lists.
2- Student came late to class, more than 10 minutes and missed 2 sessions. Student was pleasant, but not enthusiastic. Student rarely was a volunteer. Student was talking during lecture, demo or when other students were talking to instructor. Student did little of the project. Student was there, but not really cooperative or attentive. Student looked bored or tired. Student didn’t bring supplies. Student often argues. Student uses very few extra resources. Student does not do 5 lists.
1- Student was late for class, more than 15 minutes, missed more than 2 sessions. Student was not pleasant or cooperative. Student did not volunteer and did not respond if called on. Student had a sullen attitude towards class, other students, or teacher. Student was talking during lecture, demo or when other students were talking to instructor. Student reacted poorly when corrected. Students work late or missing. Student fell asleep. Student does not help others. Student often wanted to talk taking class time. Student uses no extra resources. Student does not do 5 lists. (These behaviors could result in student being asked to leave class, temporarily or permanently).
0- Student did not come to class.