The 10 essentials get a lot of press, but what about safety gear for your vehicle? Lots of scenarios can leave you stranded unexpectedly—a blown tire, inclement weather, challenging terrain, or simply bad directions. Check out this list of vehicle safety items that can make a big difference when the unexpected happens.
What would happen if you were stranded overnight on your next hike or trail run? Would you be adequately prepared? It happened recently to many hikers in the Gorge when they found themselves unexpectedly trapped overnight only a few miles from the trailhead by a fast moving fire. Carrying essential gear, even on a short outing, increases your safety margin and can sometimes even make the difference between life and death.
If you were caught outside in a lightning storm, would you know what to do? In my past Indiana life I volunteered as a SkyWarn Storm Spotter and my training came in handy this week when I made two big mistakes and got myself stuck on an exposed ridge near Alpine Lookout during a thunderstorm. Read how to reduce your lightning risks while adventuring outdoors.
I think it’s easy for most of us to support our local search and rescue teams, but it’s tough to grasp the level of effort required for a rescue. Last weekend some friends and I played mock victims for a large avalanche training exercise and witnessed firsthand the amazing skills and dedication of these volunteers.
Over Labor Day weekend my dad and stepmom Diana were hiking down a peak in the Sierras when a boulder rolled loose and crushed Diana’s foot and ankle. They were assisted by good samaritans and a SAR team: a reminder that trail angels exist and you can never be too prepared in the wilderness.