[at-l] AT hiker versus lost skier... a little education goes a long way...
mfactor at gmail.com
Fri Mar 8 10:33:47 CST 2013
Is it just me or do others get frustrated reading about situations like the
Compare the thruhiker who was rescued to this 17-year-old kid who went
skiing with his father and got separated and lost on Sugarloaf if Maine.
He survived two nights with no backpacking gear and walked out with a
rescuer. It doesn't appear he suffered from hypothermia or frostbite. He
kept his head about him, dug a snow cave which is an excellent way to stay
warm, found water, and stayed put until he heard a snowmobile. He walked
towards the noise, found snowshoe tracks, and followed them until he ran
into a rescuer.
Folks, you don't have to be a survivalist practitioner, but just
understanding a little bit about the cold and being outdoors can go a long
way to surviving a bad situation. Read a book, take a class, talk to
experienced people, or even just watch some of those survivalist shows
(what the kid had done but not really what I would recommend as a primary
source). Then, get out there and gain experience with an experienced group
before going out on your own.
OK. I'm sorry if this sounded like a rant. I'm going back to watching the
snow come down...
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