+TeamK-9 Posted January 23, 2006 Share Posted January 23, 2006 I helped teach a short course on Wilderness Safety for a local group of boy scouts the other day. I use the phrase "help teach" fairly loosely. My brother is a CPR/First-Aid instructor for the American Red Cross. I went along to help him out by running a powerpoint presentation he had set up, and serving just as his general assistant. The group had several different speakers, along with my brother, they had someone to talk about survival techniques, and a man from one of the local SAR teams to talk specifically about Search & Rescue. I found him really the most interesting. One of the things he started his talk with, that actually really hit home with me was that a large majority of search & rescue incidents start with somone saying one phrase: "You go ahead, I'm just going to take a break for a while.." When people hike in groups, there's always one or two slower people, who not wanting to slow down the group, tell them to just go ahead on, that they'll catch up eventually. In alot of cases, these people miss an important turn in the trail, trying to catch up with the rest of the group. Just being alone is generally a bad idea. I began thinking about how many I had told my geocaching partner to just have a seat and wait, while I bushwacked the last 300 yards or so to the cache. And I remembered specifically one time, when I was bushwacking, and I just got so horribly disoriented that I had to sit down, call my dad on the walkie talkie and ask him to try and find me. (It turns out, I had bushwacked a quarter of a mile through heavy brush, to end up 100 feet from a trail, just outside of my line of sight) Anyway, I began thinking, surely other geocachers have had similar experiences, some possibly even more severe. So, does anyone know of any cachers requiring the assistance of SAR teams, rangers, or firemen to get out of, or even just find their way out of cache locations? Quote Link to comment
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