Prepared for staying safe?
As a senior member of Auckland Police Search and Rescue, and one of your local community constables, we’re called to hundreds of missing and overdue trampers/ walkers a year.
The majority of the time, better planning could have made all the difference or assisted in a far quicker resolution in finding those missing people.
Summer is coming, with many families and friends planning outdoor adventures. If tramping/ walking, think ahead about how to make your trip safe and prevent it from ending in misery.
Every trip needs a plan, even a short day walk. It doesn’t take much to turn a short tramp into an unexpected night out in the bush. This is what happened to a group of five on a day walk in the Hunua Ranges about a month ago. The group’s intention was to complete a day walk loop track from Waharau Regional Park.
They had no equipment for any length of stay in the bush: no map, no outdoor experience, and no plan for the unexpected. You guessed it, the proverbial happened: The group got lost and went off track.
With good collaborative work by Auckland Police Search and Rescue, the police Eagle helicopter, local police, Auckland Land Search and Rescue volunteers, and the council’s Hunua Park Rangers, the group was located in the early hours of the following day, right in the middle of the ranges near Kokukohunui Trig and nowhere near any track.
They were cold, wet, a little embarrassed and able to walk out, but weren’t expecting that unexpected night out in the bush. To help you plan and to do your best to avoid the above situation, www.adventuresmart.org.nz provides tips, links and advice to plan and prepare any activity safely, for any level and ability.
AdventureSmart has broken down the trip-planning process into five key steps that make up the Outdoor Safety Code. The steps can help you be prepared for what you might encounter in the outdoors. If you’ve planned before you hit the track using the Outdoor Safety Code as a guide, there’s a good chance you’ll be prepared to handle an unexpected turn of events.