This was an interesting story showing that no matter what your outdoor skill set is, panic can set in and cloud your judgment. Two hikers, Suzanne Turell and Connie Yang who design outdoor equipment for NEMO, were hiking Long’s Peak when bad weather set in and stranded them. Terrified, they called for help, resorting to Twitter after they succumbed to the fear of hypothermia. Unfortunately, all of the rain in the Rocky Mountain National Park has damaged important roadways, so assistance wasn’t as forthcoming as they had hoped. But, don’t worry, it has a happy ending. The conditions weren’t as dire as they feared and they survived their 24 hours in the wilderness, hiking out to safety. Ground the helicopters, they’re coming home.
The lesson is that you should always be prepared. Warm clothing, extra food, and knowledge are very important, but not as important as keeping your calm. I suspect that they weren’t used to bad weather like this, and grim pictures of freezing to death more than likely filled their minds and prompted them to call for bailing out. Many of us though are more self reliant, and are smart enough to mentally prepare ourselves for the worst case scenarios, or at least we should be. We live in a society where help is a phone call away, and that has prompted us to make less conservative decisions, but also made us less judicial when it comes to calling upon these services.
I am not calling for "toughing it out", but more for being smarter about how we enjoy the outdoors.
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