Map, Compass & GPS

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

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Hiker's Trip Plan

Leave a Trip Plan with a responsible person when you head out. Consider this to be the hiker's flight plan.  As a minimum The Trip Plan is your backcountry itinerary.  

I started my version of the of the Hiker's Trip plan back in 2006 after James Kim and his family became lost in step terrain of the Oregon coastal range.

I have learned that when people fail to return from a trip those calling for Search and Rescue (SAR) assistance generally have little knowledge  of the details of the hiking party's plan.  The Trip Plan gives the searchers more information.  The Trip Plan provides the specifics.  The Trip plan provides the details to begin an effective search.

To use the plan down load the document here.  Write in as much information as possible.  Attach a topo or Forest Service map of the planned route and identify the area to be traveled.

Do make sure your responsible person knows what you expect from them.  Importantly as soon as the hiking  party fails to return or check in - 911 is called.

To read another post on your personal outdoor plan go here.

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