Posted: Jun 14, 2010 3:38 AM by John Romero
Updated: Jun 14, 2010 3:36 AM
With the summer weather comes tourists and locals alike hitting trails across Colorado. But before you head out, there's a few things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you need to let someone know where you're going to be. "Let someone know where you are. Let them know when you're leaving and when you'll be back." explains Lt. Kevin Bird with Colorado Springs Fire, "That way they can expect you and if you're late they can call the authorities and get some help if needed."
If you do get lost don't wonder around too much. Try to get help and stay where you are. It makes it a lot easier for rescue teams to track you down. "We want to wonder around until we see something familiar." says Bird, "Often times that complicates our rescue eventually."
Finally, it's important to stay calm. Lt. Bird says during a panic, your own mind could become your worst enemy. "Psychology starts to play in and you get really intimidated. Your survivability goes downhill quickly." he says. Also not to be understated is the importance of always taking a water bottle with you. A person can go around 3 weeks without food but without water you only have a couple of days at best.