Tom Stienstra, the outdoors columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, recently wrote an important piece on how to decrease the chances of something nasty happening to you when you’re exploring outdoors. You all need to read this article; I know I’ve violated more than one these commandments several times in my life–luckily I’m still here.
Here’s how “Ten Commandments to Stay Alive in the Wild” opens:
You ever face a life-or-death predicament in the outdoors? Yes? Then you already know to never assume you’ll rise to the challenge. And “If you live on the edge,” as the late Waylon Jennings said, then you know “you can be subject to a fall.”
Here’s the brief list. Tom elaborates on each.
1. Never hope.
2. Get your ego out of the way.
3. Know the danger.
4. Learn your lessons.
5. Get it right.
6. Have a plan.
7. Be decisive.
8. Trust yourself.
9. Leave yourself an out.
10. Pay attention.
What are your thoughts on Tom’s article? Do you agree with these ten commandments? What would you add?