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what not to do on your first day

Last year we went on our planned hunting trip to colorado and when we finally got camp set we deciced to put our game cameras up so we hiked to where we hunted last year and decided to meet here in an hour. My buddy and i set my camera up and he wanted to go check out another spot so we did and that was a mistake we inded up hiking for 8 miles. we came to a drop off and decided to get to the the bottom and follow a creek until we got to a way back to camp and on the way down we started slipping and falling  on the rocks and i got thinking here we r after a 12 hour drive hiking back into the mountains are buddies dont know where we r and r hour was now turning into 2 hours and if i fall and break a leg i'm done. well i didn't get hurt but we didn't make to camp until midnight and felt like i was hit by a semi. I had cramps for 2 days after that and thought i just ruined my trip but fortunate that was the only thing that i had to deal with. I guess wat i'm trying to tell a new guy is u can be eager to hunt but just take a moment and think what could happen and have a plan if it does those mountains will still be there tomorrow to hunt and take a day to just re cooperate after a long drive and get used to the air believe me u will thank me

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You were lucky and that goof

You were lucky and that goof could have turned into a disaster!  I read about guys doing these high country solo hunts and wonder if they have thought about what just a simple accident in the backcountry can present.  To me it's a lot better to share a hunt with a partner and for safety reasons alone it makes sense.  If a guy goes out on his own, I would think the minimum to have for safety besides an emergency kit would be one of those SPOT satellite gizmos to contact someone immediately and that gives them your exact coordinates.  However, if it's a real emergency like a cut main artery or something, you may be a goner before personnal can get there to help you! 

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You were lucky on taking that

You were lucky on taking that little bit of a hike.  Usually when I go to a new area I try and get there at least 2 or 3 days early just so that I can relax a little and do a little bit of wandering to check out the area.  Also depending on where you came from it will take a couple of days to get your body acclimated to the altitude of Colorado.  Quite a few hunters come out here from the low country and end up in the hospital with altitude sickness which is nothing to mess with.  Also with you getting leg cramps it sounds like you didn't get yourself into high country hunting shape or didn't do enough of it before coming to the state.  These little hills around here will tax even a native that hikes around in them every week not to mention somebody that isn't used to it. 

I also would go along with the SPOTS locater.  They can be had fairly cheap and the subscription isn't that bad for a safety measure.  That and if you just want to let somebody at home know that you are OK there is a button on them to push to send them a email.  That is unless you want to rely on spotty cell phone service. 

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very lucky

You were very lucky indeed.  Count your blessings.  It is never nevre never a good idea to go into the wilderness without someone knowing where you are going and when to start looking for you.  Remember that guy that had to cut his own arm off to get out from under the rock?  Yikes!

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I havent heard about that if

I havent heard about that if u could tell me about it i would appreciate it

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I believe that he is talking

I believe that he is talking about a man that was hiking in a slot canyon around Moab, Utah a few years ago.  He steeped onto a boulder and it rolled under his feet which caused him to loose his balance and drop down then the bolder or another good size rock came down onto his lower arm or hand.  He was trapped there for a number of days and finally decided that if he was going to live that he had to cut it off, which he did with a pocket knife or a leatherman.  I believe that there is a movie just out about it. 

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The incident mentioned

The incident mentioned happened in 2003 to a very experienced hiker and rock climber. His name is Aron Ralston and the movie just released is called 127 hours.

Goodgle his name and a ton of stuff will come up.

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hunter25 wrote:

The incident mentioned happened in 2003 to a very experienced hiker and rock climber. His name is Aron Ralston and the movie just released is called 127 hours.

Goodgle his name and a ton of stuff will come up.

 

That's exactly it, I just saw an interview with him - trapped for like 6 days and no one knew where to look for him.  So simple to have avoided....

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thanks i will check that out 

thanks i will check that out  and it could happen to anyone expieranced or not

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The mountains here are

The mountains here are beautiful but are very unforgiving if you make a mistake or have an accident. I do sometimes hunt alone but always make sure someone knows where I am going. Even if you know your area well you should never go out without the necessary supplies to survive overnight if something unthinkable happens.

I'm glad everything worked out for you and good luck this year.

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i have been caught up in the

i have been caught up in the majestic and awesome beauty of the mountains myself. and against better judgment, i've spent months at a time solo in the wilderness. it's not impossible, but the reason for my success at living is fully attributed to how i took measures to mitigate my risks. i.e. don't sleep near your food, always hide while you are sleeping, be awake periodically at night and nap in the afternoon. don't walk into loose rocks or talus slopes (take the long way around). even though you might be hungry, cook your food properly, cover and scatter your waste, and don't be in the same place at the same time because a bear can pattern YOU. lots of these little things add up to keep you alive.

my mom used to yell at me and my brothers for running off to go swimming when we were little(6-7 years old). she'd always yell "you can drown in only 1 inch of water"

if it helps, be paranoid. Thumbs up be safe and come back with all your limbs and digits.