Something I encountered this past weekend can not be understated. My friend had slipped and fell on a rock and we didn't know how severe the injury was. Not wanting to risk calling 911 and incur the costs of a medivac helicopter, we call our friend who has been a nurse for the past fifteen years. He told us that unless certain circumstances arose, my friend's ankle was fine (aka not broken). So confident my friend did not have any serious injury (I'm assuming that a twisted ankle is not a serious injury in this context), we hobbled out of the forest and back to my car.
The cell phone is something that wasn't as readily available 100, 20, or even 10 years ago. I know that many hikers "frown" upon using technological devices in the outdoors, but when it comes to safety it's a price worth paying. As long as you're not constantly texting or playing games on your smart phone, you will be okay. I keep my phone on silent or I turn it off entirely when I go camping. Why? Because I don't want to deal with the constant hassles of life. Work, friends, and even family can wait when I go for a hike. My cell phone should be a tool I only use in emergencies. I don't treat my mobile device as something to be used. I treat it as a convenience that I can use only in an emergency.
First aid kits are nice to have, even for shorter day hikes, but nothing can beat the usefulness and security of having an instant connection to anyone in the world. Obviously there are exceptions to this. Mainly when you can get a signal. But besides that, it can never hurt to have an additional layer of security when you go hiking. Even on the safest trails there can be dangers.
The weekend is here and I'm excited to try out some new hikes. I think I'm going to try out the Charleston Lake Provincial Park trail. I've been here before and I love the park for its versatility. There are a few hikes less than 3 miles, and there are some that are up to 8 miles. The best part is that all of these hikes are loops so there's no dealing with the boredom of seeing the same scenery more than once.
I will hopefully get a chance to see this trail. If not, I will figure out some way to establish contact with the rangers at another park to find the best loops in the area. The best part about Canada is that it's sparsely populated. That means more room for nature, and nature means more hiking!
In in my own mind I have a lot of random ideas and unusual thoughts. Because of that, I have decided to keep some entries friends only. I'm always looking for friends though! So if you love backpacking, hiking, or camping, please friends me! Actually if you are just looking for a friend to blog with, leave a comment or friend me and I'll try to reciprocate!
Think of it this way: Personal entries on my life, family, and mind will be friends only.
But entries relating to general outdoors stuff, hiking, and everything else will be public. I just want to share what I can!
A long weekend filled with great hikes! My employer has many American employees, so we were able to get off for THREE DAYS! WHOOHOO!!
We went down to the surprisingly beautiful Nodark Canyon. The waters were a beautiful aqua and the forest was verdant. While we were there we saw a lot of lush vegetation. The recent rainfall followed by a nice heaping of sun must have spurred their growth. I know it's the end of May already, but I was surprised to see so many things in bloom so far up North. My friends and I had a great time and I hope to go back there soon.
I'm also hoping to do a hiking gear list soon. Some of my favorite brands are Marmot and Columbia. I will post in detail about their different products later. Obviously I love being in nature and the outdoors, but I also love the protection modern technology can provide.
Also, I want to update my Appalachian Mountain Club membership. They do annual drives and I'm hoping to get my new card to take advantage of their offers. It's good to be part of a club where people share your values.
Until next time!