BACKWOODS SAFETY IN CURRY COUNTY
Contrary to many regions, most roads in Curry County are located on the ridge tops. If you become lost, you should focus your hike uphill. Traveling downhill into the creek beds can lead to steep and dangerous hiking.
CCSO SAR recommends you take the following items with you on your hike into the woods.
- Clothing appropriate for the weather (including rain gear)
- High Energy food snacks
- drinking water
- G.P.S. (Global Positioning System)
- Cell Phone
- Two-Way radio
- Whistle (voices don't carry far in the woods)
- Map of the area
- Two large plastic garbage bags for emergency shelter. One to step into and the other to go over you. Keep the top one loose enough to allow air flow for you breath.
- Matches or butane lighter in a waterproof container.
Remember to tell someone where you are going and the approximate time of your return. In addition, be sure to notify that person upon your safe return.
In the event you do become lost or disoriented:
- It is always best to stay where you are once you realize you are lost.
- Stop, think and remain calm.
- Backtrack, if necessary. Trust your compass.
- Don't travel more than a short distance unless you know where you are.
- If a search is initiated for you, it will start at the point you were last seen.
- If conditions make travel impractical, seek shelter.
- Make noise. Use your whistle. Three blasts in a row is a recognized distress signal.
- Shelter, warmth and water are the essential for survival.