If You’re Thinking Of Hiking Or Camping On Federally Owned Land Then Be Well Prepared And Don’t Get Lost!
Surprisingly there don’t appear to be any statistics that measure the subject, but it’s well known that every year many hundreds (possibly even thousands) of people go missing on federal land across the country. As well as the hikers, hunters and campers that you’d expect, there’s also a lot of workers who disappear.
So what are your chances of being found if this should happen to you? Well, that very much depends on what particular area you are in. Major parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite have well funded and professional search and rescue systems in place, and your chances of being located are quite good.
In other parts though, things are very different. Search and rescue efforts are then left in the hands of local volunteers – people who are dedicated for sure, but who lack the funding and training of the big parks.
What this means is that if you venture out into the wilds, you need to understand the risks – even beyond simply getting lost.
To understand why this is so important, to anyone who enjoys our publicly owned back country, head over the next page.