I often run across stories about hikers getting into dicey situations and needing rescue, or worse, having perished. Here are some links to articles about incidents that have occurred recently on Arizona trails. If you’re so inclined, read an article (or 2 or 3; most are very short), and start a discussion by making a comment below. What are some common themes? What are some of the most important lessons in trail safety to be gained from these stories? What might the hikers have done differently to avoid having to be rescued?
Superstitions Proving Dangerous for Hikers
Sycamore Canyon Rescue is Long Haul
Alive & Healing After Serious Fall in Oak Creek Canyon
Two Injured in Separate Falls in Oak Creek Canyon
Hiker’s Rescue Device Aids Rescue After Injury
Hiker Rescued from Camelback Mountain
Stranded Hiker Rescued from Superstition Mountains
Difficult Rescue on Thunder Mountain
Lost Hikers in Sedona saved by Cell Phones
Search Called Off For Missing Hiker Near Sedona
Out Alive: Hammered by Falling Rocks
Video: I Made it Out Alive
For more stories of survival, visit www.backpacker.com and search “Out Alive”
Search & Rescue Operations cost NPS millions: interesting article
Some of you may be familiar with the story of Aron Ralston, a hiker/canyoneer/climber who had to amputate his own hand in order to escape from being trapped in a slot canyon. The movie 127 Hours and the book Between A Rock and a Hard Place tell his story. Check out his story here. What are the most important things to keep in mind if you find yourself in a situation where self-rescue is your only out? How far are you willing to go to self-rescue? Something to ponder…..