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8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years
The new movie Arctic , out February 1, opens with the main character already several weeks into a solitary subsistence. The pilot, played by Mads Mikkelsen of Doctor Strange and TV's Hannibal , is the lone survivor of a plane crash in the far north.

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Use Snow For Various Medical Purposes

  • Ice is good for numbing pain, but avoid it when it’s so cold that frostbite can set in in record time.
  • As the film Arctic shows, snow can be used to plug wounds preventing hemo...

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Don’t Let Your Water Bottle Freeze

Arctic explorers would carry their water bottles under their coats, on the ridge between their shoulders, right at the bases of their heads. That would keep it from melting without getting i...

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Don’t Eat Snow, If Possible

Your body takes a lot of energy away from maintaining your core temperature in order to melt snow, so avoid it unless you are dehydrating.

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Build An Effective Snow Shelter

Build An Effective Snow Shelter
  • Dig down and then sideways to keep the shelter from collapsing. Snow is good at supporting itself.
  • Make the shelter slightly bigger than the space you need for your body so your body h...

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Ice Fish Efficiently

In Arctic, the pilot uses wire and a battery from his plane to generate heat and melt through the ice.

To avoid having to sit exposed while waiting for the fish to bite, make a bell...

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In An Arctic Landscape, Get To Sea Ice

In An Arctic Landscape, Get To Sea Ice

In an Arctic landscape, you won’t run out of water. But you will run out of food. Getting to sea ice means you’re over water, which means you’re over fish.

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Visually Signaling For Help

Signal for help in a way that can be seen from the sky, even a mirror will do.

In Arctic, the pilot moves snow to render an "SOS" from the underlying black rock—but then has to spen...

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Signal For Help With A Radio

Radios or transponders, especially those powered by a hand crank, are limited in range and direction. So you should regularly rotate transmission locations around your base camp.

Ar...

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The Movie “Arctic”

Tells the story of the lone survivor of a plane crash in the far north. Living out of the carcass of his plane, he hones a routine for staying fed and attempting to signal potential rescuers...

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