January 17, 2018 by James C. Storie
It is the golden rule to every outdoor activity to prepare all the pivotal equipment and knowledge beforehand to ensure the utmost safety for everyone in your family, friends or colleagues.
This winter, a lot of enthusiastic individuals would like to face the challenge of snowy mountains as part of their holiday celebration. Irwin Consulting Services supports this passion of many people, but the group’s only requirement for everyone is to be dedicated to their own safety and to the people around them with this kind of venture.
Aside from climbing mountains, you and your friends, colleagues or family members can enjoy other activities as well such as snowshoeing, skiing or other related activities. But before gearing up in climbing a snowy mountain, Irwin Consulting Services requires you to have the appropriate equipment and skills first in preparation for unwanted accidents or emergencies in the mountain.
Learn if the place is safe and is available to perform the activities you prefer. Ensure that your health can also endure the venture you’re planning to do on the mountain. It would be safer and better to tell your relatives and close friends about your desire to climb a mountain. Once you’ve prepared everything, contact and inform them about the location of your trip, the expected date of your return and the circumstances when they should definitely call for help.
Local authorities of a certain mountain place often advise mountain climbers to form a group that is composed of two or more people to better ensure the safety of everyone involved. In case of an emergency, the other person can take care of the injured and look after his or her wellbeing. On the other hand, going alone can be quite risky so better carry every item that is crucial for one’s survival on the mountain with you. You must also be knowledgeable about the place so a little bit of research won’t hurt.
Bring light sources as well even if it is not part of your plan to stay the night on the mountain since emergencies could happen anytime which might require you to camp for a night or two, so be prepared to face the dark mountain at night.
Don’t let negative thoughts fill your mind that can cause you to panic when you are lost in the mountain. Try your best to remain calm and keep yourself warm. Call for help at once and rescuers riding a plane can quickly find you if you’re visible from the sky so try to expose yourself as much as possible and keep away from the huge shades of the trees. Urgent emergencies need to be called to authorities right away so that rescuers can find you when there’s still sunlight.
In other countries like the United States, you can still contact their emergency hotline numbers even without any signal on your phone since the system will activate any cell tower. Emergencies or accidents are unpredictable and such can happen anytime, so it’s best to always have your phone with you and make sure that it is fully charged before leaving your home or bring with you high-quality power banks. Another crucial tip involves carrying with you a satellite phone to acquire help even if you end up in an area with no cell service at all.
We don’t want to encounter an avalanche but simply include it on one of the possibilities of unfortunate events that could happen to your mountain trip. Invest on avalanche safety equipment that might include a transceiver, probe, shovel and the sufficient knowledge on how to use them to be fully prepared in case of such emergency. To help you mitigate an avalanche exposure, determine how to navigate through the terrain.
Irwin Consulting Services would like to remind you that climbing a mountain includes a responsibility to yourself and to others and that is to assure the safety of every individual concerned.