This week’s blog is a tip on keeping yourself and others safe in the outdoors…
Whether you are going for a casual stroll along the beach, a day walk with family at your local Regional Park or a multi-day hike in the Waitakere Ranges, there are a few simple things you should always tell someone before your trip that will help to keep you safe while in the outdoors. This “someone” should be a person who you know you can trust, maybe a parent, an aunty or uncle, an older sibling or a friend.
Below are 4 simple pieces of information you should tell this trusted person, even better, write it down and stick it on the fridge.
1. Where are you going? Let someone know where you plan to go, the name of the Park, Range, Forest etc. Tell them which tracks you plan to take, even better..show them on a map!
2. What are you doing? Tell them whether you are just going for a casual walk along a marked trail or whether you are spending the next few days bush bashing your way through the Kaimai’s.
3. Who are you going with? Let your trusted person know how many people are in your group and who they are.
4. When are you due back? This is vital! Tell them a date and a time and make sure you stick to it or let them know if you are going to be late.
Telling a trusted person these 4 pieces of info could save your life!! Make sure you remember all 4. If you tell someone all but where you are going.. it can be very difficult for a Search and Rescue team to find you. Or all but when you are due back.. your trusted person will have no idea when to start worrying about you.
If you haven’t seen the movie “127 Hours”, watch it! There are huge lessons to be learnt from this. Let’s try to avoid being the next person they make a movie about!!