The Ten Essentials to carry on every hike.
Southern Californians are fortunate to be able to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year. A walk along a stream in the forest, mountain biking on foothill trails and canyons or hiking or backpacking in our rugged backcountry are some of the most popular activities. However even the shortest of planned outings can lead to a survival situation.
The San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team encourages everyone to include these "Ten Essential" items in your pack as an aid against the unexpected.
The Ten Essentials:
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department even offers a hiking/camping plan that you can download FREE. A hiking or camping plan is crucial to survival in case of an emergency. Before you leave, please fill out Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue - Hiking Plan sheet and provide to a loved one to hold onto just in case something happens to a member of your hiking/camping expedition.
You can download the form by visiting http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_163961.pdf
"Hug-A-Tree", is a program designed to teach children a select few simple survival principals, and may help them to remember one or more facts that will make the search short and successful. It was developed after a search for a nine-year old boy who died in the local mountains of San Diego. A group of those searchers put together an assembly program for children on how not to get lost, how to stay comfortable if they do get lost, and how to be spotted and found.
The program—part of NASAR's Educational efforts—consists of a trained presenter from our Team following a tightly scripted presentation that includes an entertaining video presentation for children, and a few practical suggestions and demonstrations.
Many children are alive today because of their experience with the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program, and the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team is proud to share it with children in our community. To learn more about the Hug-a-Tree Program for your child's group, contact us.
Hiking/Camping is a fun way to get family and friends together to enjoy the outdoors, and to get some physical activity. However, you should always be prepared for the unexpected. You should tell family and friends what your plans are and provide a list of who will be going with you.
That's why the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department would like to remind the residents of Los Angeles County that having a hiking/camping plan is crucial to survival in case of an emergency. Before you leave, please fill out Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue - Hiking Plan sheet and provide to a loved one to hold onto just in case something happens to a member of your hiking/camping expedition.
You can download the form by visiting http://file.lacounty.gov/lasd/cms1_163961.pdf If you would like more information on how to prepare for your hiking / camping trip, please visit the Center for Disease Control's camping website http://www.cdc.gov/family/camping/