Reminder: be wilderness prepared

rescue copter

We do not do any wilderness hiking, but if we did, for sure I would be very prepared….

The three Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centres staffed around the clock by the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Forces each respond to about 3,000 air, marine and humanitarian incidents annually. While there is some overlap, the statistics add up to a huge number of searches every year – not all of them with such happy endings.

A disproportionate number of them take place in the mountainous western province, which has some of the most rugged — and most accessible — terrain.