In our training, we spend lots of time and thought on how to make a forced landing, but less so on what to do after things quit banging and crashing. Especially this time of year, we would all do well to inventory what assets we have on board for staying warm and then finding our way back to civilization after coming down in the boonies. It starts with what we're wearing. Personally, I love flying comfortably in shirt sleeves and looking down on snow-covered terrain. But I heed the advice of veteran pilots who remind me to consider that I'm a burnt piston away from taking a hike across miles of that miserable terrain that looks so majestic from 8,000 feet up. I wear boots or sensible shoes; thermal underwear; and I keep my winter outerwear within easy reach.