Our Roadtreking friend Mary Z recently shared a fascinating article from Outdoor magazine that notes 1,600 people go missing from our public lands each year.
They’re doing stuff like hiking, jogging, exploring – you know, the kind of stuff many of us are doing or plan to be doing soon.
Many who go missing are never seen again.
Mary, who used to work for the Forest Service posted this on our Roadtreking Facebook Group, earlier this year but it seems appropriate to share, not matter the time of year.
“I am retired Forest Service and I have seen this happen so many times people disappear without a trace. If you are solo make sure people know where you are headed. I witnessed people disappear on Forest Service roads, and no one had an inkling they where they were. We found several dead in unexpected locations. Let your family know your plans and if you hike solo, as I do, take less risk and sign in to those trail head logs, your life may depend on it.”
Mary’s post brought some good responses and even more tips:
“Always carry a little, but loud, whistle. I include one in my first aid kit, camera bag and glove compartment,” said Rick.
“My husband always lets me know which trail he is taking and what time he should be back by,” wrote another Facebook reader.
And Connie added: “Be very cautious following your GPS. More than once we have been directed to forest service or township roads totally unsuitable for a vehicle, especially a Roadtrek. Keep road maps up front (along with common sense).”
For an in-depth discussion on hiking safety and how NOT to get lost, listen to the interview we did with hiking expert Douglas Scott of the Wilderness Society on a recent episode of the podcast. You can hear it at http://roadtreking.com/152
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