Winter isn't just coming, winter is imminent. Once again, all the joys of turkey and Christmas and ski season are about to clash with all the nuisances (and sometimes horrors, right Boston?) of extended darkness, frigid temperatures, and piles of snow. As part of its ongoing series of how to do to and how to get through it, the editors of Outdoor Life, in partnership with survival expert Tim MacWelch, have released The Winter Survival Handbook: 157 Ways to Beat the Cold.
The Winter Survival Handbook outlines tips for conquering, or just making it through, 56 potential cold-weather scenarios. Practical advice on dealing with small annoyances, such as sitting in the car for 20 minutes waiting from your windows to defrost, is there. So are lists of emergency uses for common wintery items, such as oil and snow. Preparedness ranges from the simple tasks of dressing for cold weather and keeping your house warm, to the moderate trials of driving on black ice and building a fire in a snowstorm, to the grand efforts of constructing a snow cave and surviving a fall through ice into freezing water.