Are you really ready for the great outdoors?

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Are you really ready for the great outdoors?

Postby five_alarm » Wed Apr 14, 2004 10:13 am

COQUITLAM - The sun shines, the trails beckon. But are you ready to head for the hills? Likely not, says Ian MacDonald, a physician and search manager for Coquitlam Search and Rescue (SAR), which is hosting a free wilderness safety course this month with HEROS, an emergency preparedness program. Beginner and intermediate hikers make a number of mistakes when they start out, MacDonald says. And in many instances, their errors can have serious - and even fatal - consequences. "What we see all the time are novices completely unprepared," MacDonald says. "They have no [extra] clothing, no water, no flashlight, no compasses, no map - no nothing." It's never one thing that goes wrong but "a series of bad decisions," he says.

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