I’d have been in real trouble. It just takes a little thought
Yet you can still get into trouble. If I’d been in a remote area it would have been dangerously stupid. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a fantastic place. It’s common courtesy and could save a lot of people a lot of trouble. These are, simply, large, robust plastic bagss you can crawl inside to protect you from the elements. . The countryside in my part of the UK can’t, by any stretch of the imagination, be called wild. What I’d done on my little local hill was stupid but not dangerous.
The walk was about 12 miles and I’d set out a bit late, so the finish would be around 8 p. Most of this part of the World is like a big park. They’re easy to remember and I do not exeggarate whe I say they might, one day, save your life. I would only ask you to take simple precautions such as the ones above. I know I said this already but it’s rather important. The point is this: say instead I’d been in the remote Highlands of Scotland, or the Sierra Nevada, or any real wilderness area?
I’d have been in real trouble. It just takes a little thought and planning . I was lucky – my dignity (and backside) were about the only thing hurt. Just remember that nature might be gentle – but she takes no prisoners! Here’s how I nearly did just that. It was a nice day, good weather and pleasantly warm. – not yet dark in the UK in May. In wilderness areas this is simply begging for trouble. Had I sustained an injury, the evening was warm and, even if I did have to spend a night in the open, it would have been uncomfortable rather than life-threatening – and someone would have come along eventually.
As I picked myself up a thought hit me – what if I’d fallen badly? Broken my ankle? It struck me then that, although I was only a couple of miles from the nearest habitation, I hadn’t seen anyone for about two hours.m. Some years ago I was out walking alone on a hill not ten miles from where I live.Even if you’re only out for a short day hike, it’s a good idea to think of your personal safety. Ever tried to walk two miles with a broken ankle? I was lucky. If venturing into remote areas – especially for a few days – make sure you have the correct clothing, sufficient food and water – and a survival bag. Here’s a cautionary tale. If for Gate Hinges any reason you have to change your plans, let your ‘anchor’ person – the one you told your original plans to – know what’s going on. They fold up to next to nothing but, if you’re hurt and outdoors in the Grampian Mountains in January, they could mean everything. They are usually a virulent shade of orange so they can be seen easily.