In Trouble In The Backcountry: Who Pays For The Rescue?
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In Trouble In The Backcountry: Who Pays For The Rescue?

High avalanche warnings throughout the region, yet we decided to "duck the rope anyway". Some years ago, four young men passed a boundary into closed terrain. They received explicit warnings from ski patrol authorities in the British Columbia Grouse Mountain resort. The four young men stumbled into the hostile weather, where ski patrol lost their scent, and ended up requiring a helicopter to guide them to safety. Oh yeah, the helicopter was unable to land because of terrain - could you imagine? The outdoor enthusiasts ended up being stripped of their passes and banned for life - plus had to pay to cover the cost of the helicopter. The debate in the overland and outdoor communities is: If a person chooses to expose themselves to danger, knowingly or not, who should cover the expense of your rescue? Here's The Deal The United States Federal Government could pay for some of, or all of the rescue mission depending on time, geographical location, and circumstances of a rescue. The National Park Service spends upward of $10 million annually on search and rescue (SAR) missions not taking into account the thousands of hours donated by enthusiasts or special interest groups. If explorers violate any park rule, they are responsible for the search and rescue. For extreme weather decisions - the rule breakers may not be liable for the cost due to “negligence”, and the cost could be partially subsidized from the National Park Service budget. Two-Sided Coin Taxpayers shouldn't be responsible for rescuing a negligent human, but if I'm paying taxes, and I am traveling in a park and stumble into rogue weather, shouldn't it be the responsibility of public services to make the rescue? The circumstances for rescue and reimbursement of costs are heavily weighed for liability in the United States. Other countries' rules are much stricter for citizens who take the risk. The federal backed and local SAR organizations who conduct search and rescue missions do not distinguish based on circumstances, they learn of the threat to people and begin calculating the best response to extract the persons at risk. In the western part of the United States, resorts lease land from the National Forest Service. SAR is a collaboration between the federal or state government, local SAR organizations, and local fire and police/ sheriff departments. The cost to run a helicopter generally starts at $2k / hour of flight time - this varies state to state and by circumstance. Because no defined path for enforcing payment exists, it has the potential to cause long-lasting headaches for negligent or unlucky travelers. “Negligence” The heart of the problem lies in determining what is deemed as "negligence". Is hiking-in during the twilight hour and getting lost without a flashlight different from slipping and breaking a leg around the house?  High costs of SAR have caused injured explorers to attempt to “walk it off”. Oftentimes, they’ll find themselves in a worse position than before:- by injuring themselves further- making the scent harder to track- backtracking or proceeding further from the last point of traceable contact Ok, Get To The Point Is it fair to punish people with unfortunate circumstances because people abuse the system or/ and take bigger risks? The complex debate will live on, but our hat goes off to the men and women who save lives everyday, no matter what.  Purchase Your Outer Limit Supply First Aid Kit Now https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/fy2022-nps-budget-justification.pdf
3 Great Apps To Connect Technology And The Outdoors
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3 Great Apps To Connect Technology And The Outdoors

Technology will likely always going to be part of our lives. Although I encourage people to unplug and turn off devices as much as possible, it doesn't mean there aren't great apps that let you enjoy the outdoors in greater ways than we used to have available. Of course, it's a great feeling to explore and be lost, but sometimes the reality of life means we've got to use our time outdoors to the fullest.
Emergency Preparation: What To Do If You Are Hiking, Out of Water, And Feel Dehydrated
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Emergency Preparation: What To Do If You Are Hiking, Out of Water, And Feel Dehydrated

Emergency preparation and dehydration. Often times overlooked, but when you're lost, you're lost. Dehydration is actually one of the leading causes of death amongst stranded individuals or small groups in the back country.
3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Hiking In The Backcountry
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3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Hiking In The Backcountry

Hiking into the backcountry is no joke, no matter who you are. Don't be fooled by Hollywood reality shows; being out of the reach of Uber can really mess people up if they're not ready for it.  Here's a few pointers from the team at Outer Limit Supply for anyone who's headed out.
Emergency Preparation: Ways to Safely Move A Victim
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Emergency Preparation: Ways to Safely Move A Victim

This article is prepares people on moving someone who has been critically injured. Depending on the severity of an injury, the person tasked with moving a victim must be aware and cautious of certain risks - always ready to move the person if they're in a situation where they could die.
How To Pick The Best Tires For Off-Roading
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How To Pick The Best Tires For Off-Roading

There are so many options when it comes to choosing tires. This article was written to provide insight into the factors that most people may not think about when choosing tires for your overlanding vehicle.
Epic Outdoor Rescue Missions
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Epic Outdoor Rescue Missions

Perseverance is one of the most under-rated traits for humans, and when it comes to defying the rules of our environment, those who persevere through anything are the ones that make the most impact.
The Best 3 Places To Visit In Colorado During The Winter
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The Best 3 Places To Visit In Colorado During The Winter

Colorado has many beautiful places to explore. If it's your first time, make sure you plan to get some of the most picture worthy places out of the way. After all, I've been to some of these places more times than I can count.
The Top 5 Things You Wish You’d Brought Camping While Camping
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The Top 5 Things You Wish You’d Brought Camping While Camping

When you're heading out for a camping trip, there are a lot of options for things you can bring. Now-a-days, there is gear to solve just about every problem. With so many choices on what to bring, the team at Outer Limit Supply wanted to share a few versatile items that, no matter the age or experience level of camper, are considered useful to bring because of just how many useful things they do - or just out of the fact that they increase the quality of the trip.