Additional Safety & Calling for Help

Additional Safety & Calling for Help

There may come the time when you need to recognise that the situation has degraded too far

Additional Safety & Calling for Help

There could be a situation whereby you are in fact so lost that there is a real danger of degeneration of physical and mental well-being of you and the group, as applicable. If the weather is poor and you are becoming tired, there could also be the possibility that your mis-location is perhaps in itself an early sign of the onset of hypothermia, as mental confusion is a symptom. Be aware of this and seek shelter and take on food as appropriate. A short break in a storm shelter could be enough to make you think straight once more. Have a read of the section on treating hypothermia on the hill.

Make every effort to locate yourself using the a range of techniques, but be prepared to recognise that this could in fact be an emergency situation for which you need to call for help.

Take a read of the section about calling for help.

Mountain Rescue Teams know their areas extremely well, and they may even be able to help over the phone, mobile signal allowing, by passing a description of what you can see. It could also be possible for you to take pictures on your smart phone and text the picture(s) through to the MRT to see if they can locate you.  

Some Mountain Rescue Teams (MRT) now have an additional technological system at their disposal, called SARLOC. More here, but SARLOC essentially gets your smartphone to tell the MRT where you are. Amazing technology. Calling for help does not always mean that mountain rescue will come to find you, as they can sometimes assist remotely.

Always do your utmost to locate yourself and do not use Mountain Rescue as a first fallback option. Likewise, do not wait too long in a desperate situation.