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  1. #16
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    Stringtyer, it sounds like you go very well prepared. Be safe out there and enjoy!
    You can't get where you want to be if you stay where you're at!

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    I often solo explore and travel around the state. I try to make sure I have some survival supplies in the truck, just in case. Too many of the places I go don't have cell service, and if we are mine exploring a cell phone won't do any good if something happens while we are underground.

    A couple of years ago I invested in a SPOT tracker. Every message sent by the tracker displays the lat/lon of where the device is at the time the message is sent. When we stop to explore, I send a message saying that we are starting to explore at that locaiton. When we come back out, I send an "OK" message. Search and rescue would have a really good starting point if we didn't send an "OK" message as expected. I also use it when I ride my motorcycle since I like to wander without a lot of pre-planning.

    I think a lot of us would prefer to die doing something we love rather than lying in a hospital bed with tubes, lines, and wires attached everywhere. That said, I don't want to die unnecessarily because I didn't take a few reasonable precautions.

    Joanne

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    happened to me once. I was detecting an old Circus site when
    someone walked up to me and told me about an old hermits cabin
    in the woods about a mile away, and that the hermit had recently died.
    he would only walk to town on SS Check day for Groceries.

    so I decided to Hike in and check it out.
    because of Timing, I made a haphazard Search of the Stone wall surrounding the Yard
    and the Yard itself, not finding Anything. Not even Trash that I Remember , I Laid my detector on the Porch and
    entered the cabin. there was no door but there was a board laying across the threshold
    I had to step over. place was starting to fall in. and I started looking up for places things could be stashed or
    set. again absolutely Nothing was left but wood

    on my way out I tripped over the wood laying in the doorway,
    Didn't get my foot high enough, and broke my Wrist.
    Had to carry all my equipment out with it.

    This was at least 10 years ago, Forgot about that place.
    Never did go back there again

    Since then I Carry a First aid kit in my car which includes
    Wire Splints from an old Miners First aid Kit.
    But it only goes as far as My car. So I Still would have had to Hike out before using anything.

    Of course back then I Was a Smoker, So I had by Cigarettes for Mental First aid Treatment
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Jan 22, 2019 at 11:05 PM.
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    Joanne, sounds like a good system, the SPOT.
    You can't get where you want to be if you stay where you're at!

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    Jeff those darn wrist injuries hurt don't they! Too bad you never made it back to further explore that cabin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OreElse View Post
    Jeff those darn wrist injuries hurt don't they! Too bad you never made it back to further explore that cabin.
    yea in my Life I've had 3 wrist & arm Breaks.
    Twice my Arm. once my wrist, once my ankle.
    All after I Bragged that as a Kid I Never broke anything .
    (Just rub Dirt in it to stop the bleeding or Walk it off)

    for a long time Heart issues would have kept me from walking it again.
    Now after my Bypass's I Believe I could Tackle the Walk.
    But would be very unlikely to do it solo, just in case I'm not as Healthy as I Think.


    Of Course I'd need to Check the Trespass issues of Today.
    Back then Only signs there were Paintball Shooting event Signs posted
    advertising a Future or past Event
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    I do a lot of hiking in northern New Mexico I go in about 6 miles at around 10,000 feet I carry all the equipment to stay alive pack is usually at 55# give or take spend about three days out everyone knows were I am at. At home is a map that I have were my location will be with the GPS location on it and I carry a sat phone to check in morning and night.One thing I have learned when by myself it really makes you think about what you are doing and to be smart and not foolish.
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    The mountains have rules.They are harsh rules,but they are there,and if you keep to them you are safe.A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere. The weapons to conquer it exists inside you,inside your soul.

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    A tip for those who are concerned, if you park at a trailhead leave a plastic bag with some type of ID and an article of your clothing you have been wearing, a sock works good. Search and Rescue up here will look for that in your vehicle if you come up missing, and it gives the search dog a scent. As far as I know we still have one missing in the woods from last year, and no telling what was up with that.
    Just like Texas in 1880.

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    Jeff it's good to hear you did well with your bypass, good for you. Aside from the sprained wrist I broke my right arm falling off a ladder while painting my house about 1 years ago. Also broke a finger once. I've been pretty lucky because I've taken some falls and after a few decades in law enforcement I'm still truckin'.
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    Cyzak, it sounds like you know exactly what you're doing and enjoy it immensely. Keep it up!
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    RGINN, good advice, thanks!
    You can't get where you want to be if you stay where you're at!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreElse View Post
    Jeff it's good to hear you did well with your bypass, good for you. Aside from the sprained wrist I broke my right arm falling off a ladder while painting my house about 1 years ago. Also broke a finger once. I've been pretty lucky because I've taken some falls and after a few decades in law enforcement I'm still truckin'.
    I had congestive heart failure.Mar 15, 2018. one of my nurses after the bypass
    was a complete pessimist as to my chances.
    though she did say perhaps the bypass will change things.

    looking online to see what she meant I found this.









    Heart Failure Patients Too Optimistic

    Study Shows Patients Overestimate Their Life Expectancy
    By Jennifer Warner


    From the WebMD Archives June 3, 2008 -- Many people with heart failure may be overly optimistic when it comes to estimating how long they have left to live.

    A new study shows nearly two-thirds of people with congestive heart failure overestimate their remaining life expectancy by an average of 40% compared with what's realistic based on their prognosis.

    Heart failure, which occurs when the heart is too weak to pump enough blood. annually in the U.S. Although there have been recent improvements in congestive heart failure treatment, researchers say the prognosis for people with the disease is still bleak, with about 50% having an average life expectancy of less than five years. For those with advanced forms of heart failure, nearly 90% die within one year.

    So I have less then a Month Yet ?

  13. #28
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    Jeff I have a feeling you'll beat the odds! Best wishes, sincerely! Oh and that broken arm was 10 years ago not 1 year.
    You can't get where you want to be if you stay where you're at!

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    It is nice to be in the wild alone sometimes, there is just something about sitting back and just enjoying the sights and sounds of the outdoors with your own thoughts. If it’s on your mind enough to write about it maybe you should think about the satellite phone like Lunch Bag mentions. Be safe and enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OreElse View Post
    Cyzak, it sounds like you know exactly what you're doing and enjoy it immensely. Keep it up!
    Head on a swivel,also watch out at trail heads for people breaking into your vehicle I was at one were glass was all over the ground drive a beater there and do not have any valuables in it what so ever.When i walked over to the trail head they had a big sign watch out vehicles being broke into the sheriff so the whole time I am out I am wondering is some scum bag breaking into my rig,
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    The mountains have rules.They are harsh rules,but they are there,and if you keep to them you are safe.A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere. The weapons to conquer it exists inside you,inside your soul.

 

 
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