Once again, the drama has occurred, with tears for …

Comment on Billen’s family: Make telling hotel where you trek mandatory by Maya.

Once again, the drama has occurred, with tears for some, and high cost for the rescuers and the taxpayer.
I am so sorry for the Billen family for having lost a loved one. Even a familiar bush walker in Germany is no reason to go off the beaten track in Australia.
It seems there is not enough awareness among people “visiting” the outback, that this region is not Europe.
It is attractive but the conditions are so different particularly in Summer time. Heat combined with dry air makes your skin unable to sweat to cool down, and your blood under the skin surface reached temp above the 37o and it actually “boils”, possibly to death!
REMEMBER: (to avoid a drama!)
• Tell where you intend to go and time you’ll be back.
• Do not go anywhere (not even for a walk) if the temperature is in the high 30s, certainly not in the 40s. Read a book, watch TV, plunge in the pool, write a poem, listen to music, but do not exercise.
• Drink 250ml water (a glassful) every hour even in mild weather, even in the winter months – carry at least one litre of water for a four hours trek.
• Keep on the indicated tracks. Rangers have made these tracks in order to show the proper way in and back. The scenery is treacherous, all trees look alike.
• At the beach “swim between the flags”. Beyond the flags you risk your life! In the bush keep on the tracks, outside is suicidal.
• If unwell, sit down and wait. Don’t try to walk back; preserve your energies.
More than pamphlets, make it visual: TV ads, videos running 24/7 to be watched by any new visitor booking in at hotels, hostels and caravan parks.
There are too many deaths that could be avoided. Raise awareness.

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Here in OZ as much as in the US.


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Rome was not built in a day.
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