Friday, March 25, 2011

How to spend a miserable night in the bush - Judith and Peter Hawkins

Rating: **

If you would ever like to know what NOT to do while hiking, then this is the story for you.

This article is both an informative, yet scary piece of literature that doesn't exactly talk about the worst case scenarios you may come across while hiking, but rather describes how unfortunate scenarios may become. It shows how one detour from the original path can turn an afternoon hike into a very uncomfortable situation. Judith and Peter wanted to partake in a 4-hour long hike one morning. But as soon as they knew it their plans started to slip away. Peter had run out of water before they reached the halfway mark and before they knew it the sun began to set. Now for any well prepared hiker this wouldn't have been a problem, but they had only brought along 2 bottles of water, a waste pack with a lunch and they were dressed in moisture wicking-shirts and shorts. In the end they eventually made it back to their cars, the next morning.

This story certainly demonstrates the moral "always be prepared" as well as "better safe than sorry".

Hawkins, Judith and Peter. "How to spend a miserable night in the bush". Ottawa Outdoors. Fall/Winter 2009/2010

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