An uncertain outcome is a prerequisite for adventure. Adventure cannot exist without it. It is the uncertainty that motivates us to go places where we have not been, experience things that the Jones’s forget about in their race to keep up with their neighbours.
Uncertainty brings the promise of excitement and a refreshing change to our dreary daily routine. It also brings risk, and specifically the type that weekend warriors do not have in their daily life. Yet we continue searching for more, being driven by the promises of the next adventure looming on the horizon.
The great majority of adventurers come home incident free and motivated to get back into nature at the first opportunity, but for some of us adventure turns into disaster. It is at those times that preparedness save lives.
I just completed a five-day swiftwater rescue course with whitewater training because I believe that to remain welcome on organised trips I need the ability to:
- keep myself out of trouble
- rescue myself if possible, thus not endangering my mates
- rescue my mates who may need help
Now you may say that you never come close to dangerous water and that may be true, but how confident are you in your disaster response abilities during a crisis in your beloved mountains, or while trekking through a desert? If there is uncertainty there is risk. You owe it to yourself to know how to stay safe, and how to respond when disaster comes knocking on your door.
If you are the adventurous kind, check out this poll, and make your contribution.
This poll, and will close on Monday 8 July 2013. Please vote before the deadline to avoid disappointment.
Be safe, be prepared and enjoy your time in the great outdoors!
Instructors in emergency preparedness, and adventure safety organizations are welcome to leave their details and hyperlinks to their websites in the comments below. That way future readers of this post know how to get hold of you when needed.
Post by Franz Fuls