Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Friday, April 15, 2011

Shouldn't Be Alive

Carrying the right gear and being prepared is essential to backcountry survival.

I just found this article in the Boulder Weekly  newspaper about backcountry survival.  The article offers several cases studies of hikers becoming trapped by weather and stranded.  Not all had the right equipment, food and shelter with them.

As Americans, we love stories about surviving against the odds and the elements.

By R. Scott Rappold

Flip through the channels of cable television on any given night, and you’ll probably find a survival-themed reality TV show. I Shouldn’t Be Alive features dramatizations of people who survived injuries or other mishaps in the wilderness. Survivorman follows the travels of a lone outdoorsman living off the land. In Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls conducts a frontal assault on nature, eating insects and climbing down waterfalls with a camera crew in tow.
The trend is even at the movies. The film 127 Hours, about self-amputating Colorado climber Aron Ralston, was nominated for several Academy Awards.

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