12-04-2003, 11:47 PM
Itís late May and when you left the truck, things seemed fine, the
weather clear so you just doned a light jacket and left for your three mile
hike to your hot spot.
The weather began to blow and then the temperature dropped
dramatically when you got to the lake. You said youíd only fish a little
while but the bite was good and it was a ton of fun except you were
shivering like mad from the cold. You decide itís just not worth it and
you head back to the truck. The hike seems to take forever and you canít
wait to get into the cab and start the engine and warm up. It is beginning
to snow and the wind has picked up to 30 or 40 knots.
When you finally make it to the truck, (you have been fighting
sleepiness) to your horror you see that vandals have sacked your engine,
stolen your battery and stolen the stuff you had in the cab. The
sleepingbag in your shell has been left alone. There are some
farmhouses but they are about 2 or 3 miles away and you are shaking
hard and very tired..Thereís no sense in searching, you have no matches.
What to do now?
12-04-2003, 11:53 PM
Gut instinct says that this is one time not to sleep. Wrap the sleeping bag around you and start walking.
12-05-2003, 02:51 PM
Get out of the cold wind and any wet clothes immediately. Then put on dry clothes (if they were left by the vandals) and get in the sleeping bag pronto. If you have a candle, light it so you can get some extra warmth. If the vandals left your Coleman stove, get some water warmed up on it and drink it to help warm up.
You have hypothermia and it is not the time to start walking anywhere unless you have a death wish. You need to get your body temp up as quickly as you can and bundling up in the sleeping bag for a 2 or 3 mile walk is not going to keep you warm. The sleeping bag will allow wind to blow through it and this will further lower your bady temp.
I've been there only once and it is not a fun experience. It happened on a beautiful, sunny and very warm day on Montana's Madison River in mid-July near Varney Bridge. I was about 1 1/2 miles from my pickup when a weather front moved in and dumped a lot of rain in a short time (maybe 40 minute total rain time). I got soaked because I didn't expect it to rain so didn't have rain gear in my vest pouch. The wind came up after the rain stopped and the temp dropped into the mid-60's too. By the time I got to the pickup, I knew I was hypothermic. I got under the pickup shell, out of the wet clothes, put on dry clothes, got in my sleeping bag, and got warm over the course of about 2 hours.
I never want to experience hypothermia again!
12-05-2003, 02:59 PM
Hypothermia & dehydration are your worst enemies in such situations.
A person can normally walk a mile in about 15 minutes, on city streets, drop that off if you are in the backwoods or gravel roads.
1- Get warm with the sleeping ban as John suggests,
2- Drink water, when warm and hydrated, start walking
3- Next time you get a chance to do so, take a one day "Outdoor Survival course" or buy a good book on the subject.
It really pays off to be in the know if you get in this type of situation.... IF you take "basic" precautions/supplies.
The supplies easily fit into a small fishing vest pocket and should never be taken out of there, unless the emergency calls for it. My kit fits in an old plastic fly box, about 5X4X3/4, contains nylon string (30 feet of 80 Lb mono), waterproof matches, 1/2 of a heat blanket (space blanket type stuff),5 aspirin, 5 bandaids, small swiss army style knife. Enough to get me through a night if ever I need to.
It's like the boy scout motto.....
12-05-2003, 03:48 PM
It also doesn't hurt to let someone know the area that you plan to be fishing at.....this way, if you haven't returned by a predetermined time frame people can start to look for you.
12-05-2003, 04:29 PM
well you guys pretty much got it to my knowledge
one quwstion i know a lot of you guys live out in new england
what kind of protection do you guys carry
considering i saw two bears this summer and the second scared the sh*t out of me because i was fishing and was tying a knot and looked up and saw a good size black bear walk right by my car first thing i did was make a spear out of stick of good size with my knife ( i always carry about 5)
my uncle's neighbor hikes a lot up there and he is a retired cop and i asked him why he didn't carry a gun all he said is that he didn't need it all he carries is bear spray i think he is crazy for not carrying a gun
most surprising thing is is that he has not seen a bear while hiking yet