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Excerpt — Get-Outside Guide to Winter Activities

Planning and Preparation

Planning and preparation (P&P) creates an outdoor foundation in the schoolyard, at the local park, or as part of a camp experience. The bottom line is that you must maintain a consistent, solid P&P practice: A poorly planned winter excursion is a reflection of its leaders.

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Hypothermia

Being exposed to cold with proper preparation, dress, monitoring, and maintenance can be a comfortable, enjoyable, and rewarding experience. Failure to monitor and address the hazards of exposure to cold can kill.

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Yeti Tag and Sherpa Winter Walk

Yetis (also called abominable snowmen) are mythological creatures thought by some to inhabit the Himalaya Mountains, crossing glaciers and high mountain passes. They are often depicted as large white furry creatures that leave big footprints in the snow.

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Ultimate Challenge Course (UCC)

This activity fosters imagination and provides a challenge. Be creative and work with what you have; this is about making junk worthwhile. And because it’s junk, you don’t have to worry about leaving it out between groups.

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