Join Date: May 2008
Location: Forbidden Plateau, BC, Canada.
IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION IN REMOTE AREAS
Thought this deserved its own thread:
COMMUNICATION is ESSENTIAL on any wilderness trip!
I always carry a SAT phone, fully charged, in a water proof and shock protected pelican case, programmed with important phone numbers (i.e. 911, Weather Hotlines, BC Parks, BC Conservation Officer, your buddy's cell you left your route plan with in case there are changes on route, etc.)
On any coastal route I also carry a VHF radio (for emergencies and weather reports).
This is VERY IMPORTANT, like having shelter, or food, or water, or a first aid kit, or extra warm clothes!
I would also HIGHLY recommend taking a wilderness 1st aid course before heading on any backcountry trip (or have at least one member in your party that is a 1st aider!), ESPECIALLY if going into REMOTE terrain like the NCT or the mountains of Strathcona Park.
Its ALOT easier to get a rescue if someone in your party can call for help when the incident happens, and having someone that can administer 1st aid right then and there will make a traumatic experience ALOT more comfortable then not!
REDUCING RISK IS KEY!! HAVING THE MEANS TO DEAL WITH AN EMERGENCY IS IMPERATIVE!!!!!