In a recent news story, a man fell off a yacht into the ocean near New Zealand. He was in the water for 2 to 4 hours before he was rescued by New Zealand Coast Guard. How did he survive that long in the middle of the ocean? He took off his jeans, tied a knot on one end, then scooped air through his jeans to create a flotation device. I have always heard you could turn your jeans into a flotation device, but have never been in that situation. It’s just amazing that this gentleman survived! A miracle, really.
This had me thinking about survival situations that could come up in our very own backyard… Mt. Diablo.
We have had so much rain this winter that the hills are green and wildflowers are beginning to bloom. You know what that means, hike time! But, are you prepared to take on the trails?
I consulted a friend, who has experience with survival prep, to give you information on how to prepare and what you should bring when you are ready to venture out to see all the wildflowers in bloom:
Have a plan:
Pack a basic pack -or- backpack. Things to include are:
Weather appropriate clothing.
Know your limits. Plan a hike you know you can physically handle.
Above all… have fun! Oh, and bring your camera or you’ll be bummed you didn’t get pictures of those beautiful wildflowers.