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Keep Trying: Never Ever Give Up!!!!!!

S........Size up the situation STOP
U.......Use all your senses.....undue haste ..............................................makes waste
R........Remember where you are
V........Vanquish Fear and Panic
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Tips on cold feet: Before you go to bed make sure you're wearing dry socks. Even if your socks are a little damp, don't just add another layer over them. Change them! Remove your sweaty liners too. Wear a hat! 11Oct10

Call us when you need us: Washoe County Search and Rescue. We are volunteers and can use your donations. "So That Other May Live!!! Any Where! Any Time! NO CHARGE!!!

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god is loveYou do not have to wait 24 hours to report a missing hiker or child. The sooner, the better.

If you believe that someone is missing or overdue, you should report them right away to law enforcement. The 24 hour rule does not apply to search and rescue, however there must be reasonable circumstances for us to justify our response. The determination of whether SAR will respond is left up to the SAR Coordinator. He determines the urgency of the response.

There is no charge for the search and rescue in Nevada. The Washoe County Sheriffs Office utilizes teams of well trained volunteers supervised by professional paid deputies that have been trained in SAR management. These volunteers are dedicated citizens from the community that donate their time, vehicles and equipment to our cause. The teams finance a large portion of their operations with donations from the public and private grants.

If you need them Call Them. They are volunteers under the direction of Washoe County Sheriff Department. 911.
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Cooking: Making soup over a small fire is not as easy as it seems. Cover the pan, block the wind, and keep the fire small and concentrated. Time yourself when you practice. You don’t have to rush normally, but speed can be important in some situations, and it’s always possible your stove will break. 1 Apr 2011
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Compass stick: Learn how to use a watch and the sun to determine direction, or how to use a stick and shadow. Compasses break, and maps get lost. You should know at least one or two ways to determine direction. You should also note the direction most likely to take you out of the wilderness before you start. If you remember that a highway runs along the entire south side of the area you are in, you know which way to go in an emergency. April 2011  

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An oft-stated rule of thumb for walking speed is 2 miles per hour. But that's for a day hiker on an easy trail. It doesn't account for heavier loads, gazing time, rest stops, photos, or lunch breaks. Plan to average about 1.5 miles per hour if you move steadily on a good trail. Heavy loads, rough terrain, rest stops, or water searches slow you down further.
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Take Breaks While Hiking

If you're exhausted, a rest and a snack (see energy bar and gel reviews below) can do wonders to boost morale.
In general, the military adheres to a schedule of 50 minutes of marching to 10 minutes of resting. This is a good pace to start with, although you might find you need more or less rest. When planning your trip remember to keep
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A tip for all of you back country and out of bound skiers. Take along a space blanket.

VALUE OF SPACE AGE BLANKET:

For first-aid in giving reflecting warmth, for fire reflection warmth and light and signals, for rain-proof shelter, signals of all type.

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If Lost Relax!!! (Click here to read what to do!)

If Lost, Stay Put! Make yourself visible! SAR teams will find You.

Survival Tip: If you need to attract attention make a "V" (need immediate assistance) or a large "X" (need immediate medical assistance) on the ground. You can stamp it our or use tree limbs or brush to make the signal more visible This is easier than SOS and requires less material. Also wave with 2 (two) hands and arms (distress). A 1(one) arm wave indicates all is well. (Do not get these confused!!!!!!)

If you have a whistle, give 3 blasts (distress). This can be heard up to 5 miles away under certain conditions. Three (3) signals of any kind mean SOS (Distress). (2 blasts mean "All is well")

Know the Rules Of 3's.

  • You can survival 3 minutes with out air.
  • You can survive 3 hours without proper shelter.
  • You can survive 3 days with out water.
  • You can survive 3 weeks with out food.

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Cold Weather Camping in the Mountains

  • If camping in a valley, find a spot more than 60 feet above valley floor where the overnight low is 5 degrees warmer.
  • Set up camp among trees for more warmth and less dew.
  • Place camp with clear view of eastern horizon to get morning sun.
  • Place boots and clothes under tent fly to prevent dew or condensation.
  • Empty bladder before sleeping.
  • Wear a hat on a cold night.
  • If above the snow line, store water bottles upside down to prevent caps from icing. Ice floats to the top.

    Survivor Traits Taken from Real Life Experiences

    All Survivors
    • Had the ability to improvise.
    • Were very adaptable and could make the best of a poor situation.
    • Were usually very patient and remained calm, cool and collected.
    • Were usually prepared physically or mentally or both.
    • Were very aware of their own fears, shortcomings and attributes and tended to control them or use them very will in the situation.
    • Had the ability to weigh the facts and make decisions crucial to survival.
    • Had practiced skills that directly contributed to their survival.
     
    Most decisions are made on an emotional level and not by using logic.
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    13 Essentials for Backpacking at Lake Tahoe (or anywhere for that matter)

    First 10 By Dennis Lewon, BACKPACKER Equipment Editor, Gina DeMillo, BACKPACKER Associate Editor, September 2002

    1. Daypack. The capacity you need depends on weather conditions and what you'd need to survive a night out. Count on extra space for photography equipment or other gear for hobbies like drawing or fishing.

    2. Food and water. Sounds obvious, but many day hikers underestimate how much fuel they'll need for a 12- to 16-hour day. Pack two lunches and a few snacks or energy bars. Check water availability; if you can't refill along the way, carry a few quarts, more in hot weather.

    3. Head lamp. Test it before heading out, and pack extra batteries if you expect to be hiking in the dark.
    Tip: The new LED head lamps last a long time and are very bright. I now use one for search and rescue operations.

    4. Basic first-aid kit. Think about the stuff you'd need to patch injuries long enough to hike out--a few bandages, some antiseptic wipes, and butterfly bandages for wounds, a triangular bandage (also works as a sling, bandanna, and athletic wrap), and tape. Adjust for longer outings and group size.

    5. Map, compass, watch and GPS . Don't take navigation for granted just because it's only a day hike. ( Hikers at Tahoe have been lost only 1 mile from the main road. It can happen.) Ten miles from the car is still 10 miles into the back country. A GPS is of great benefit however, it should not replace a map, compass and an analogue watch. Do not forget extra batteries. Remember in the winter, batteries drain faster.

    6. Water treatment. A bottle of iodine tablets or other chemical treatment adds mere ounces to your pack, but pays off on long days when you're constantly refilling your tanks. Water purification pumps also work well. They are a little heavier and may freeze during the winter.

    7. Rain shell. A lightweight waterproof/breathable shell is ideal. A poncho also works and may take up less room in your pack. Toss in an extra mid layer if the weather is chilly. Garbage bags can also double as a expedient rain suit. Learn how to make a hypothermia suit out of a poncho here on this site.

    8. Emergency shelter. Depending on your preference for pack weight and comfort, all of the following work: bivy sack, emergency blanket, tarp, a waterproof rain suit, garbage bags (min. of 2). Consider carrying a lightweight sleeping bag if nighttime temperatures would kill you.

    9. Warm hat. It won't take much space in your pack, but provides the warmth of an extra sweater if the mercury dips or if you have to sleep out.

    10. Fire. Lighter or matches in a waterproof container along with a candle. Trixoine tables will light with a spark kit even when wet. (Butane does not work in very cold temperatures with out first warming it up.) I prefer a steel and flint striker along with Vaseline and cotton balls. Always carry more than one way to light a fire. I perfer 3 ways.
    20 Feb. 2009

    11. Find Me Spot. This is a must if you want to hike or travel into the back country alone. Cheap insurance. Added 7 Dec. 2007

    12. Knife. A good full tang knife is a must in all survival situations. Pocket knives are OK but do not stand up to the rigors of out door situations.

    13. Cordage. I have added cordage to a survival item. Dental floss is great. This is stong and there is a lot of it in a package. It can be used for sewing up wounds if need be. In addition, it can be used for traps and lashing together cross members for a shelter. I also like to carry paracord. It is very strong and can be carried as a belt is correctly tied. Paracord is another item that I carry around all the time. I have it in a braclet, rifle sling, camera sling and even on my belt. One should carry at least 25 feet of para-cord in their survival gear. The strands in the paracord can be used for traps, sutures, floss, sewing or what ever you can think up.


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