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People may already have seen this, but for those who haven't—current listing of parks that are open as of this weekend, along with basic FAQs and what to expect if you go. Each state park has its own guidelines, so good to check the site before you head out. http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/knowbeforeyougo.html?fbclid=IwAR28Jamm74Ns2BZkf0ntUtoEtopEWDwxcO9aqcWrEwpkzXbcLvsgVGjO7Ew
Safety Notes: Heat. Heat Illness can be deadly. How to avoid: Exercise in morning, afternoon, avoid midday sun. Drink a lot. Drink electrolytes/sports drinks/ORS for extended exercise. Drinking too much plain H2O while sweating can cause loss of electrolytes and death (hyponatremia). Use ice or H2O to stay cool. It takes 80 calories to melt 1 gram of ice. It then takes 539 cal to evaporate that g of water for 619 cal to evaporate 1 g of ice. Using H2O and ice to stay cool reduces your need to sweat, helping you stay hydrated. I drink a liter at the start of a long hike to start hydrated. I carry lots of H2O and electrolytes. Your life may depend on carrying a realistic amount of H2O.
Safety thoughts: Being found in an emergency. Did you tell somebody where you are going? Use a GPS emergency locator beacon. Have a light; it can be seen for miles at night. Use a whistle. Know SOS with a whistle or light: short short short long long long short short short, repeat. Use a signal mirror. Mine is in a compass. Carry fluorescent cloth to waive on a stick. KNOW THE ABILITIES OF YOUR EQUIPMENT BEFORE YOU GO. Understand the limits of your phone (lack of service, heat, cold, battery charge). Does your GPS send an emergency signal? Does your phone use cell towers or satellites? Remote NM and TX areas have no reception. Did you pack extra water and gear? Be rescued, not recovered.
Thanks for the donations, Samar and Reana!
Peter Mitchell, thanks for the donation!
If you know anyone who found a backpack full of climbing gear in Rabbit Ears Canyon, please ask them to message me. The climber who had to abandon it (temporarily) is willing to believe it was carried out by someone who was hoping to find the owner. Remember, if you find gear or water in a cache in the mountains, the owner will be back for it. Please share this message with anyone who may help us find the gear. Thanks,Kevin Smith
Ev, thanks for the donation!
Eileen, thanks for the donation!
Thank you for the donation, Lucilla!
Meetup Fees: we are paid up through June 2020 and have $23 for the next year. All donations received will go into an account for the following year. If anyone else wishes to donate you can send money via PayPal: PayPal.me/jornadameetup or message me and I’ll give you my address. Thank you!