Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Day 324- Nutrition Bite

Essentials for Hiking
  • Bring plenty of water (one quart for short hikes-more for longer hikes).
  • A water pack is preferable for you to keep your hands free while hiking.
  • Wear appropriate footwear, preferably hiking boots.
  • Wear light-colored, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring a hat and sunblock (SPF 15 minimum).
  • Basic first aid supplies.
  • Cell phone.

Sugar Preacher's Experience

After surviving a eight hours on the red cliffs in Southern Utah, I treated myself to a slice of key lime pie at Cafe Rio yesterday. My boyfriend and I went to Southern Utah over President's Day. We were planning on going up the canyon trail for a mile or so. We had food, water, and a map. However, we weren't prepared with a flashlight, first aid kit, or cell phone. This day hike turned into an overnight hike. When we made it to the peak, we could see our car in the parking lot below. We estimated about an hour to reach our car. To our surprise, the hour became a hike into the night. We hiked one small peak and came across cliffs, and then were surrounded by more cliffs. We continued hiking well into the dark. When we started injuring ourselves because of the lack of depth perception, we found a tree and a small overhang for shelter from the rain. 

We were staying with my brother and family, who questioned our return. By 11 p.m., my brother drove to the trail head where he saw our car in the lot. He called 911 for help, and the sheriff came immediately. Secondly, the local search and rescue came about 40 minutes later. We were about three football fields from the car. We could see the spotlights and car lights below. We then heard a voice over a loud megaphone, "If you can hear us yell. If you are injured don't yell.  If you have your cell phone call 911." The search and rescue team reached us on the cliff at approximately 2:45 a.m. We were embarrassed that we were not prepared with a cell phone, flashlight, and first aid kit. We could have avoided the problem, if we had been prepared. We were very grateful to the search and rescue team, who were so gracious with their time and service, and to family members who were concerned for our safety. I would have to say this experience was one of the most memorable experiences in my personal history. The theme of the trip is be prepared, and you will avoid being in a pickle.

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