Emergencies & Cell Phones, etc.
Signe Rogers (midwife@SOUTHWIND.NET)
Mon, 10 Jun 1996 06:54:58 -0500
With all due respect, the one thing that I determined after reading
the article about the death & problems in Grand Canyon was to
really be prepared for wilderness outings. If the information contained
in the newspaper article is correct, the 'recommended' amount of
water per person/per day, was not followed. Now, to be so prepared
would probably have meant caching the water somewhere, which in
itself would have been a chore. I am obviously second-guessing here
and certainly hindsight is 20/20. How many among us have been
tempted to take short-cuts around known wilderness survival issues,
because it just seem too cumbersome & we felt our skills & groups'
skills were top notch?
I don't write this to try to place blame or guilt, but if guidelines were
not followed, *that* was the set-up for disaster, not the lack of a cell
phone or radio.
Before rushing to any conclusion that each unit should carry some kind
of outside communication device, I personally feel we should all take
serious stalk of our abilities, & preparations before heading out into
known serious situations & be doubly certain we are prepared.
If it just seems like too much hassle to take appropriate equipment
or water, just better stay home, because you really aren't ready to be
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