sur­vival tips

Australian T3 - - TECH LIFE - Heed this ad­vice and hope­fully you won’t re­quire any help...

1/ It’s para­mount you pack a map, com­pass, torch and enough food for the trip. A mo­bile and GPS can be handy, but don’t rely on them to get you out of trou­ble as sig­nal’s hit and miss. 2/ You may get lost, so re­mem­ber to leave a ba­sic

sketch of your route with some­one at home. 3/ Wa­ter is heavy to carry, but de­hy­dra­tion is a real risk, even on cold days. Take a small bot­tle and re­fill it – streams on hills are drink­able, if they run fast over stony beds (Mmm fil­tered). 4/ Take a whis­tle and learn the sig­nal for res­cue: six good long blasts, stop for one minute, then re­peat. Carry on un­til some­one reaches you and don’t stop be­cause you’ve heard a re­ply – res­cuers may be us­ing your blasts to gauge your lo­ca­tion. At night you can pro­duce the same sig­nal with torch flashes. 5/ Suf­fer­ing from dis­ori­en­ta­tion, shiv­er­ing, pale com­plex­ion, loss of circulation in hands or toes, or dis­card­ing of vi­tal cloth­ing yet nowhere near a pub? It’s hy­pother­mia

not drunk­en­ness, you fool. Act fast!

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