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Old 06-05-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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Common Sense Safety - Newbies take note

Don't know if anyone else has seen this article from last summer:

Missing man found dead in wreckage | UTSanDiego.com

The dude was driving alone (no passengers, no second jeep) on the rugged trails north of Ramona CA. He went off an edge and rolled down a canyon. He had not told his family where he was going, so when the missing persons
bulletin went out no one knew where to look. He was reported missing on July 15th and only when someone saw an upturned jeep on July 30th near Lake Sutherland was his body found. He was 25 miles from where his wife last saw him, and the location where she reporting him missing.

The sad thing is, I think he died from exposure, not the accident. I can just imagine him lying upside down in the jeep, at the bottom of the canyon, with a few broken ribs and a collapsed lung. He might've lived for a couple days, weakly calling out, eventually dying from dehydration, exposure, and loss of blood.

Newbies take note! Always let someone else know where you're going, so if a search is necessary they can find you. Make sure your wife, girlfriend, or a best friend has emergency numbers so if necessary, they know where to start the search.

My wife has the phone numbers for the BLM, the Cleveland National Forest Ranger Station, the Anza Borrego park ranger, and the Border Patrol. I always email her a map of my intended route before I leave, so if I don't check in she knows where to direct the S&R team to.

If anyone else has advice to provide, feel free to weight in.

Drive safe!

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I understand not taking anyone, usually no one ever wants to go with. And hell its hard to find someone with a capable 4x4.

But jeeze, tell someone where youre going.

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I understand not taking anyone, usually no one ever wants to go with. And hell its hard to find someone with a capable 4x4.

But jeeze, tell someone where youre going.
Tell someone where you're going, give them a check-in time plus 2 hours, and the correct emergency number (state, federal, whatever).
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Newbies take note! Always let someone else know where you're going, so if a search is necessary they can find you. Make sure your wife, girlfriend, or a best friend has emergency numbers so if necessary, they know where to start the search.

My wife has the phone numbers for the BLM, the Cleveland National Forest Ranger Station, the Anza Borrego park ranger, and the Border Patrol. I always email her a map of my intended route before I leave, so if I don't check in she knows where to direct the S&R team to.

If anyone else has advice to provide, feel free to weight in.

Drive safe!

This a million times over I'm on an S&R team for Rock climbers and hikers, Usually if we find someone fast its due to having a map and then being prepared.
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This a million times over I'm on an S&R team for Rock climbers and hikers, Usually if we find someone fast its due to having a map and then being prepared.
Thanks for affirming this. I wheel in some pretty rugged areas in east county San Diego and while I know the roads there could still be an incident someday.

Giving my wife the map of my intended trails will get me rescued much, much more quickly if it's every necessary.

And, not wanting to spin the wheels of the SAR folks, I always give my wife a check-in time and tell her not to worry for another two hours after that. I'm thinking here that if the vehicle broke down and we had to walk out, we wouldn't want to exercise the SAR people over a busted axle.
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Thanks for affirming this. I wheel in some pretty rugged areas in east county San Diego and while I know the roads there could still be an incident someday.

Giving my wife the map of my intended trails will get me rescued much, much more quickly if it's every necessary.

And, not wanting to spin the wheels of the SAR folks, I always give my wife a check-in time and tell her not to worry for another two hours after that. I'm thinking here that if the vehicle broke down and we had to walk out, we wouldn't want to exercise the SAR people over a busted axle.
Trust me we don't mind getting our wheels spun from time to time usually die to some yuppie. You've got a solid plan its identical to mine,

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