Crawling Bushwalker

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I’m late! Things have been crazy, so please excuse the late blog.

Sometime last week, there was a news article on about a man who fractured his leg and spent two days crawling to a clearing in hopes of being spotted by other hikers. You would think it was that he wasn’t very good at hiking and was unfamiliar with the area, but nope! Mr. Parker, our hiker in question, is an experienced hiker who climbed the waterfall he’d fallen down many times before. It was the beginning of a series of bad luck that he slipped and fell. He collided with a rock before landing in a creek with a fractured leg and wrist and lost his phone to the water.

Thankfully, our unfortunate hiker had first aid training. Mr. Parker used supplies from his personal first aid kit to splint his leg. Perhaps even more important, Mr. Parker had volunteered for SES for seven years and knew how they go about saving people—which leads us to the painful idea of crawling for two days with two broken limbs. He made it to the clearing where he was found and lifted by helicopter to safety.

There were both right and wrongs done by Mr. Parker that made a difference in his survival. He was calm enough to enact the skills he’d learned from first aid training and SES rescue volunteering. He was even prepared with a first aid kit when he went out for his hike. However, in my opinion, Mr. Parker’s biggest mistake was that he didn’t tell anyone where he was going. He was experienced and knew the trail he was taking, but nobody else knew where he went. It may seem silly, but if you’re going out, you should always tell someone where you’re going, especially if you’re going by yourself. At least someone will have an idea of where to look for you if something happens. It’s better safe than sorry that you tell someone where you’re going, even if you’ve done it a million times.

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