Being out in the woods, alone and answering the call of the wild is the ultimate in serene meditation for most outdoorsmen. You enter the woods and hike through the wilderness to find the perfect spot. You pitch your tent and prepare your camp for your stay. Then it’s time to explore your surroundings. You trudge off through the brush carrying only your day pack. You are careful on your trek, but, accidents happen. You fall and feel the snap of the bone at the same time you hear the unnaturally loud cracking sound echo through the forest. Stop! Remember that panic kills. Treating the bone yourself and remaining calm may be the only way to save your own life.
Nylon rope (1/4 inch by 20 feet)
2 sticks (3 inches by 18 inches)
Stick (3 inches by 60 inches)
Personal emergency beacon
Remain calm and remember that panic is your biggest enemy. Evaluate the situation. Determine which bone(s) is (are) broken. Place one hand on each side of the break and push the two pieces back into proper alignment with one quick, sharp move if necessary.
Locate your knife and the ¼-inch nylon rope in your equipment. Cut the rope into 24-inch lengths with your knife. Find two sticks that are at least 18 inches long and 3 inches in diameter. Place one stick on each side of the broken bone. Immobilize the break by tying the sticks to your appendage with the ropes. Do not tie the ropes tightly enough to cut off your circulation. Use enough ropes to ensure complete immobility in the limb.
Locate a stick that is at least 60 inches long and 3 inches in diameter. Lean on this stick while you make your way out of the wilderness. Use it for support if you have a broken leg. Use the walking stick for balance if the break is in another location. Travel at a slow, steady pace. Go directly to your transportation.
Call for help on your cellular phone as son as you have a signal. Use your personal emergency beacon if necessary. Remain calm and focus on escaping from the situation safely. Do not travel at night; wait in your camp until morning if necessary. Forget about your other equipment. Remember that possessions can be replaced and your safety and finding help are your only concerns in an emergency situation.