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#240323 - 01/31/12 07:09 AM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: TeacherRO]
CANOEDOGS Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1807
Loc: MINNESOTA
Google map with the trip route marked out,great idea.i just leave the lakes i'll pass thru or plan on camping at.some are big and would take some looking around.

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#240369 - 02/01/12 04:14 AM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: Blast]
Aussie Offline
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Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 205
Loc: Australia
Originally Posted By: Blast
I give DW that information whenever I'm going out on an adventure. I also include:
-what time to start worrying if I don't call.
-what time to call the cops/rescue people if I haven't returned.
-google map with directions to where I'm going and location of trailhead where I'm parked.
-phone number of park ranger's office (if there is one).
-copy of my trail map with direction of travel marked.

She gets both a printout and e-mail with all this info. It gives her much comfort.

-Blast


That's great extra info to include.
Put yourself in the position of Mrs Blast at home:
- Blast said he'd be back on Sunday evening. Its 10:30 pm now and he's not back. What should I do ?

- Monday morning - he's still not back ! I don't want to seem a fool and call SAR if he's just running a bit late or decided to stay an extra night because he was too tired to drive.

-Oh look ! The note says to call the local ranger on "555 123 456" on Monday morning if he's not back. I'll call now ...

Writing some fairly specific instructions, even escalation instructions gives your family psychological "permission" to take action and to know what and when to do it.
If you are travelling with several people, give a home contact for each person, better than Mrs Blast saying to the SAR “He was travelling with someone called Aussie he met on the internet …”

Provide the phone numbers of the relevant authorities and contact details of the other people you are travelling with to make it as easy as possible for people to raise the alarm, or at least start the process.

If necessary nominate one person to be the primary point for coordination: Mrs Blast to check with Mrs Aussie, then call the Ranger …

I also include details such as the car description and rego; this means that a Ranger or SAR can quickly spot it if they need to, and Mrs Blast has the info to hand.
If there are possible alternative routes or plans, include them too eg “we may divert via big mountain if we’re ahead of scheule”, or “if the weather is bad, we’ll try and head to the town” … you get the picture.

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#241173 - 02/15/12 01:02 AM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2122
"When to worry" Such a great idea. Also include you hiking buddy's cell and home numbers -- in case yours is out...

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#241189 - 02/15/12 03:16 AM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: TeacherRO]
unimogbert Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 08/10/06
Posts: 839
Loc: Colorado
Mine includes car description and plate, driving route to/from TH, important pack contents, personal description and GPS waypoints if I have a specific route in mind.

Call the Sheriff time (with some margin for my own delays) is the most important.

I've gotten MUCH better about this in recent years.

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#241193 - 02/15/12 03:40 AM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: TeacherRO]
BruceZed Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 289
Loc: Canada
A Basic Route Cards is one of the best things you can do. I don't leave home without taking a few minutes to ensure I will really be searched for in the right place, when I really need the help.

Link to Basic Route Card PDF
_________________________
Bruce Zawalsky
Chief Instructor
Boreal Wilderness Institute
boreal.net

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#241206 - 02/15/12 04:35 AM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: TeacherRO]
Snake_Doctor
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Does anyone still do the boot print on foil trick? I used to but got out of the habit.

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#241214 - 02/15/12 06:15 AM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: TeacherRO]
CANOEDOGS Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1807
Loc: MINNESOTA
no boot print here,that's more for the hiking gang.

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#241289 - 02/16/12 04:13 PM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: TeacherRO]
Outdoor_Quest Offline
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Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 304
Loc: Central Oregon
Leaving a note is a great idea.

For an over night trip or a long backpack trip I tend to leave more info. For example, if my buddy has a medical condition that is important for SAR to know.

To take a look at a recommended form, please see the link below.

http://outdoorquest.biz/TripPlanV2.pdf

Blake


Edited by Outdoor_Quest (02/16/12 07:02 PM)

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#247040 - 06/13/12 11:27 PM Re: The 11th essential item - leave mom a note [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2122
Very useful form - Thanks Blake.

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