Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Merry Christmas

2016 was a busy year for Canadian Island Activators, and we hope next year will be even better.  There are a lot more islands out there that need to be activated for the first time.

It's that time of year when we spend more time with our families than on the radio.  Most of our islands are snow and ice covered and are rather inhospitable places.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter Safety #3

Winter Safety #2

Going out to activate an island this winter?  Make sure you dress for the weather, and always carry the 10 essentials with you in your backpack.  I always add about 50 feet of paracord to this list and a small 5x7 tarp.

Winter Safety #1

All winter activities require layers of warm, dry cold-weather clothing.

Dress in a minimum of three layers: 

  1. Thin moisture-wicking materials such as polyester should be next to the skin. 
  2. Next is a middle insulating layer of wool or fleece. 
  3. An outer water- and wind-proof layer made of nylon or Gore-Tex. 

An outer layer should be removed just before starting strenuous activity to avoid overheating, which will make you wet from sweat. Layers should go back on during rest to stay warm. Include a toque, mitts, a scarf and waterproof boots.