Re: Ideas needed
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Tue, 30 Jun 1998 17:59:52 -0500
Rob, Try these or variations on them:
Split into two groups and camp in two locations that were within hiking distance
of each other. Using compass and topo maps, each group's objective is to get to
a point on the map that the other group could theoretically observe from a
distance, but does not know the precise location of. Two mountain ridges across
a small valley or one group in a valley with the other group on an overlooking
ridge so that the groups are about 1/2 to 1 mile apart would be ideal. They are
to make contact with fire, smoke, flashlights, flares, heliograph or whatever
means they can. Once spotted, they must try to pin point the exact location of
the other group on their own map by taking bearings and triangulation. Then they
are to proceed to the other group's original campsite. Each map would have four
points to be located one of which is unknown. If there is a river, one group
could be afloat, but this would make it much easier, or would it? Sometimes it
is hard to tell where you are when on the water. The miles slip by without
notice. It tests each group's ability to find their way to a point on a map and
to locate a distant point by using triangulation.
Another challenge is Search and Rescue. One group intentionally gets "lost"
while the other group conducts the search. Find a location that is clearly
bounded by roads so as not to totally "lose" the lost group, but is large enough
so that the "rescuers" can totally miss the lost group. The "lost" group isn't
trying to evade the searchers so they can practice survival techniques and
review "what if" scenarios on how to get found. The searchers, need to
coordinate and communicate so as not to get lost or separated themselves. More
challenging than it sounds, especially in the right location. You might want to
contact military or police professionals to conduct lessons prior to going out.
They learn the need for taking back bearings, sighting in on major geographic
points and taking notes if they lack good maps.
On either of these trips, you might wish to have support staff remain at base
camps with some good hot grub already for the hikers. *S*
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City