Hoping for the Best; Planning for the Worst
It’s finally starting to warm up outside, are you prepared for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities?
It’s more common than you think for something to go wrong while taking a trip to do an outdoor activity. We would like to share this tips with you to make sure you are properly prepared. Also we would like to make sure you take everything you need, and be prepared for something to go wrong.
Examples are the missing son and father that are lost in the Rocky Mountains. Damian McManus and his 19-year-old son, Evan, live in Minnesota and were last heard from Wednesday when they said they were going to "scale a peak," Barwick said. "We are hoping against hope that we find them alive," said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the non-profit Alpine Rescue Team, which has 50 volunteers scouring the area around Echo Lake at the foot of Mount Evans in Colorado. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/search-father-son-hikers-lost-rockies-ramps-n75031
Another example is the story of Aron Lee Ralston, He survived a canyoneering accident in south-eastern Utah in 2003, during which he amputated his own right forearm with a dull multi-tool in order to extricate himself from a dislodged boulder, underneath which he had been trapped for five days and seven hours. After he freed himself, he had to rappel down a 65 foot (20 m) sheer cliff face to reach safety. The incident is documented in Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place and is the subject of the 2010 film 127 Hours. On April 26, 2003, Aron Ralston was hiking through Blue John Canyon, in eastern Wayne County, Utah, just south of the Horseshoe Canyon unit of Canyonlands National Park. While he was descending a slot canyon, a suspended boulder he was climbing down became dislodged, crushing his right hand and pinning it against the canyon wall. Ralston had not informed anybody of his hiking plans, thus no one would be searching for him. Assuming that he would die, he spent five days slowly sipping his small amount of remaining water, approximately 350 ml (12 imp fl oz.) and slowly eating his small amount of food, two burritos, while trying to extricate his arm. His efforts were futile as he could not free his arm from the 800 lb. (360 kg) chockstone. After three days of trying to lift and break the boulder, the dehydrated and delirious Ralston prepared to amputate his trapped right arm at a point on the mid-forearm, in order to escape. He experimented with tourniquets and made some exploratory superficial cuts to his forearm in the first few days. On the fourth day he realized that in order to free his arm he would have to cut through the bones in it, but the tools he had available were insufficient to do so. When he ran out of food and water on the fifth day, he was forced to drink his own urine. He carved his name, date of birth and presumed date of death into the sandstone canyon wall, and videotaped his last goodbyes to his family. He did not expect to survive the night. After waking at dawn the following day (Thursday, May 1) he had an epiphany that he could break his radius and ulna bones using torque against his trapped arm. He did so, then performed the amputation, which took about one hour with his multi-tool, which included a dull two-inch knife. He never named the manufacturer of the tool he used, other than to say it was not a Leatherman but "what you'd get if you bought a $15 flashlight and got a free multi use tool" After freeing himself, Ralston still had to get back to his car. He climbed out of the slot canyon in which he had been trapped, rappelled down a 65-foot (20 m) sheer wall one-handed, then hiked out of the canyon in the hot midday sun. He was 8 miles (13 km) from his vehicle, and had no phone. However, while hiking out of the canyon, he encountered a family on vacation from the Netherlands, Eric and Monique Meijer and their son Andy, who gave him food and water and then hurried to alert the authorities. Ralston had feared he would bleed to death; he lost 40 pounds, including 25% of his blood volume. Fortunately, the rescuers searching for Ralston, alerted by his family that he was missing, had narrowed the search down to Canyonlands and flew by in their helicopter. He was rescued six hours after amputating his arm.
Ralston has said that if he had amputated his arm earlier, he would have bled to death before being found, while if he had not done it he would have been found dead in the slot canyon days later. He believed he was looking forward to the amputation and the freedom it would give. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aron_Ralston
TIPS & HOW TO STAY PREPARED:
-This is why it is always important to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Leave a note in your vehicle of the planned route and when you expect to return. Plans change, but it’s never a good ideal just to wander in a forest or wilderness area. Have a plan.
-Always know the surroundings of the area where you will be traveling. Talk to local business people in the nearest town about their recommendations and knowledge of the wonders and dangers of the area and precautions you should be aware of like recent history of animal attacks, where are the nearest Ranger Stations (always a good source of information) and find out where the nearest hospital or doctor’s office is located. Know the weather conditions for the next few days and know if the weather conditions are prone to change rapidly so you are properly dressed and have proper shelter and supplies for extreme changes in weather.
-Buy good quality survival tools and learn how to use them before a survival alert occurs. Keep knives sharp and watch for expiration dates on survival food and first-aid products or medications. Make sure batteries are fully charged and working. Carry solar rechargers.
-Make sure that you know how to build a fire, make shelter and find food and water for yourself and your group if you have to stay longer than expected.
-Make sure that you have enough lighting to see, even if you have only planned to stay the day. One wrong turn can lead you further and further from your group or camp site and day turns to night. Nights can be much colder than daylight hours. Know the signs of hyperthermia and those of heat stroke, sun poisoning and over exposure. No shelter can kill quicker than no water.
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