I spend a lot of time in the back-country of many places seen as risky. Yosemite National Park in California has spectacular scenery and very remote wilderness that can put you in dangerous circumstances without even realizing it until after the fact.
Case in point. When backpacking in the high camp areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you must stash you food securely from bears and other creatures. Food items go in bear canisters and every consideration of food scents and smells is taken into effect for these types of dangers.
Recently, on a trip to Yosemite. We were camping out at a remote lake for 2 days. We awoke one morning to find one of our groups backpacks completely missing. No where in sight and no signs of it leading off anywhere. A search was organised and the backpack was found approximately a half of mile away from our camp, nearly 3 hours later. Obviously taken by a bear, gingerly unzipped (yes, can you believe that?) and fully searched and emptied of its contents. Strange things were noticed.
1 – It was determined that a small stash of food WAS forgotten in the backpack which contained beef jerkey, salami and cashews.
2 – The beef jerkey was all gone. Completely eaten.
3 – The dried salami was left behind. Wet from slobber, but for some reason was not eaten, not even a nibble.
4 – Cashews… gone. We didn’t realize bears liked nuts! THIS was nuts!
5 – ALL pockets on the backpack were UNZIPPED, no tear marks, no bite marks, just completely wet from slobber we think… OR piss.
6 – Within 3 feet of the backpack there was a pile of bear shit the size of a dinner plate. We laughed at this and it was great that he didn’t shit all over the pack.
We found and retrieved the pack, most all of the contents, some clothes was missing we found out later. Our friends pack and most ALL of his stuff could have been gone forever, in the middle of our hike, far from civilization. This could have been very bad news if we weren’t such a large group to help one another out with plenty of supplies between us all. If our friend had been alone and unable to find his pack, he would have been in some serious trouble.
Moral of the story. ‘Always Be Prepared!’ If our friend was alone, and had a F.I.R.E. Survival Bracelet on or The Ultimate Survival Belt with him, he would find that he had the ability to do a few basic things of survival in extreme situations.
Just to name a few, he’d be able to cut wood, fish for food, start a fire for warmth, cooking and sanitizing water and most importantly, signal for help.
Since that incident, everyone on our team carries a F.I.R.E. Survival Bracelet, The Ultimate Survival Belt and different Survival Keychains and zip pulls for our packs. It’s important to ‘Always Be Prepared!’ There is absolutely no excuse not to be.
Some of the inspiration for our Survival Expedition Gear product line came from many trips throughout the back-country of Yosemite National Parks. These are some of our pictures from a recent backpacking trip to the high camps. This one is near Vogelsang Peak.