Are You Prepared For An Emergency Situation?
October 06, 2013
Could you survive a forty foot fall and self evacuate for help? This story dissects the recent events in Glacier National Park and our overall general emergency preparedness.
An experienced hiker recently fell forty feet into a crevasse within Glacier National Park, broke his back, crawled three miles out, and survived to tell the story. Watch this short clip for the full story from ABC News.
As you can tell from the story, the hiker developed a fighter mentality and did what it took to self-evacuate over three miles with a broken back. This incredible story reminds us of the real potential for danger during some of the activities we participate in (e.g. cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking, etc.). These human powered pursuits, or our desire to leave civilization, often leaves us in remote places hours, or days away from definitive care (i.e. advanced medical help like a hospital).
The decisions made before even leaving the house can make an impact on your survival rate. Do you have a detailed trail plan with information left for a friend? What are the hazards you expect to encounter during your trip? Where are your emergency exit points located? Do you have any form of wilderness medical training? Are you carrying the ten essentials with you?
If you can answer all of these questions and more, then you are heading in the right direction for being a prepared adventurer. On the other hand, if you didn’t even think about some of these things, then Outdoor Adventures recommends you attend trainings and go with other experienced adventurers.
Did you know that OA offers educational clinics just for this purpose? Whether you are a novice adventurer, or a weekend warrior, OA has a variety of training programs available to you. Offerings include: rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking, and Wilderness Remote First Aid (WRFA). The WRFA course is certified by the American Red Cross and provides the essential tools to teaching key differences between normal first aid care and care for a wounded/sick person in remote settings.
Regardless of your skill level, Outdoor Adventures recommends talking to experienced professionals and seeking advanced training for the sports you do before you leave for your adventure…. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!