Jay Angler wrote:Lisa Brunette wrote:Your highly unofficial safety committee here. Wilderness etiquette/hiker responsibility strongly urges *all* hikers, but particularly solo hikers to make sure someone knows where your hike starts, ends, and approximate times. We almost lost a couple of young people recently in BC and in the spring almost lost a permie when they missed a few of the basic safety rules. Cell phones often don't work in wilderness areas, particularly if you're not on the trail because you slipped into a ravine when ground you thought was solid, wasn't.
This second one was 4 miles with rugged elevation gain on a state park trail further afield for me. Next I try for 5-6 miles, and/or solo hike in the snow.
Hiking is awesome, solo hiking is incredibly peaceful, but shit happens. My friend who's in Search and Rescue loves the work, but prefers it to be "rescue" - not "retrieval". That difference can be as simple as how prepared you are, and how quickly you're reported overdue.
This message is for everyone, please keep safe! I get all teary and upset when people get hurt or dead.
Lisa Brunette wrote:
Here's what I still have to do:
4. Repair a seat cushion by hand for the first time.
5. Clean out the basement, setting up shelving for my growing collection of herbs, seeds, and preserved food. Since I've never lived in any one place longer than 3 years until now, this is the first time I've had to clean and reorganize without boxing things up to move. And the seedsaving, herb storing, and food preservation is all new.
Thanks for bringing up this great topic!
Chris Kott wrote:Great idea. I am going to make beer for the first time. I am also going to try to make cheese.
r ranson wrote:My challenge this year is top secret.
It's to complete a very large project that started in the summer.
And alas, you won't be hearing more about it until March.