Home » Bridger Teton National Forest »Grand Teton National Park »Greater Yellowstone »Jackson Hole »State of Wyoming »Teton County » Currently Reading:

Keep Priorities Straight In Back Country Emergencies

Rescue

Over the past month, there have been several cases in northwestern Wyoming of hikers becoming lost and hence, the subject of searches by local search and rescue groups.  Most were not prepared to spend an extended period of time out.  Michael Jarnevic is an Army Special Forces medic who says TV reality shows have been misleading people when it comes to survival situations – situations that can happen quickly not far from Wyoming’s cities and towns. Jarnevic points out that it doesn’t have to be that far into the backcountry to have something really go south fast. He says, “For instance, you’re out hiking alone and you take a fall and you break your leg. Immediately, you’re in a survival situation.” Jarnevic’s insights: The first priorities are shelter, warmth and fire, followed by finding water and signaling for help. As far as finding food is concerned, Jarnevic says human beings can live upwards to two months without food. However, he points out you could die within hours from hypothermia or lack of water, and so he says those need to be your priorities. Jarnevic says that getting lost is the most common back country survival situation. Other instances include darkness, weather and an injury or illness.  In all instances, it is best for the lost or stranded person to stay put and let help come to them.

Comment on this Article:

LOST CREEK RANCH AND SPA WEBCAM

Quake List

Archive

Weather Alerts

Wyoming News

  • Hunters must be conservationists first - October 20, 2014
    As hunters, it’s our responsibility to take care of the critters we hunt, as well as those we don’t. We have to obey the game laws. Police ourselves to be sure others respect the wildlife. And even offer suggestions to the Game and Fish Commission when we think there are better ways to ensure that […]
  • Quiet & Mainly Settled Weather Expected - October 17, 2014
    High pressure will build over the area today, which will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry.  Winds will also stay light to breezy and no significant gusting is expected.  Temperatures become a touch cooler statewide, but will be closer to average.  Daytime highs will be in the 50′s across the mountain […]
  • Wish list season is upon us again - October 17, 2014
    Late October is a bad time of year for me. If I were independently wealthy, it wouldn’t be so bad. But I’m not. I’m a journalist, so it’s a little painful. It’s rough because this is when the Christmas catalogs start hitting the mailbox, and they’re chock-full of gear I wish I had. From the […]
  • Pleasant Autumn Weather Expected - October 16, 2014
    Temperatures will be noticeably cooler and closer to average today due to a cool front that crossed through the state of Wyoming yesterday.  We can also expect partly to mostly cloudy skies and breezy winds today, but conditions will remain mainly dry.  Winds will gust between 15 to 25 mph.  Daytime highs will reach the […]

National and World News

The Latest RSS Items

  • No items found in feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefaniasBlog?format=xml. You requested 5 items.
  • powered by RSS Just Better 1.3 plugin