Health & Safety

 

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

- Benjamin Franklin

Three main points to remember in regards to staying healthy and safe in the wilderness:

  • Prevention
  • Awareness
  • Adaptation

Prevention is better than cure. It is difficult to overstate the importance of this age-old truism, however, if you happen to read through the entire Health & Safety section, you will notice I give it a very good try. In short, do your research, prepare as best you can and don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Awareness: Always be conscious of changes in the weather, terrain and your own physical and mental state.

Adaptation: Adapt to the conditions at hand. Mother Nature may not have a copy of your trip itinerary. Example: If you are facing an exposed ridge walk and a huge mass of black storm clouds is heading in your direction, it may be wiser to hunker down until the storm has passed or alternatively find a sheltered campsite and call it a day. The same principle applies to your own well being. Learn to differentiate between reasonable levels of discomfort and serious pain which may lead to debilitating injury.