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8 Blunders for Getting Lost

January 30 2002 at 11:57 PM
roger  (no login)


Outside Magazine has a very good online article on SAR. Here are the eight blunders on getting lost:
1. Fail to pay attention
2. Leave behind the Ten Essentials
3. Don't learn how to read a map and compass
4. Panic
5. Succumb to summit fever
6. Enter a cave without the right equipment
7. Don't tell a responsible person where you're going
8. Move too quickly

Here's the comment on summit fever:

"This is actually a cultural problem," says Daryl Miller, lead climbing ranger at Denali National Park. "The first question everyone, climbers and non-climbers alike, asks after a trip is, 'Did you summit?' Not, 'Did you enjoy the journey?' Weather and other hazards aren't the real problem, they only compound problems that begin with bad decisions that start with pushing for the top."

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