With the end of the year come the inevitable “top 10” countdowns – and North Shore Rescue is getting in on the action.
After the busies year in the organization’s history, the volunteer-run search and rescue team has put out it’s list of “10 ways to get yourself killed this winter.”
NSR says it’s launching the list in a bid to save lives, as the freshly-snow dusted mountains begin to lure skiers, hikers, and snowshoers into the back country.
“This transition comes with a drastic change in consequences when something goes wrong. No longer can one call 911 on their cellphone and expect an ambulance at their side in a matter of minutes. In fact, sometimes one might be lucky to get a cell signal at all! Even a simple injury, like a sprained ankle on a cold day, can become rapidly fatal once away from the comforts of the city.”
North Shore Rescue’s 10 ways to get yourself killed this winter:
- Do not tell anyone where you are going or when to expect you back
- Travel by yourself
- Do not stay in bounds or on established trails
- If you get lost, just keep going and going and going …
- Do not plan your route or check the Avalanche.ca Forecast
- Do not carry a avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
- Do not wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the environment
- Do not pay attention to sunset time and definitely do not carry a light
- Do not carry the 10 essentials, ever
- Never turn around or alter plans when conditions change
“I do not encourage anyone to challenge me on these points,” writes NSR’s Curtis Jones, “as you will quickly find that these points come from hard learned lessons of those before you.”
Instead, rescuers urge hikers and back country users education themselves about backcountry safety, and to ensure they’re heading into the wilderness well equipped and prepared.