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Enjoy National Park Week and Stay Safe

From: Terrie
Sent on: Monday, April 22, 2019 10:35 PM

Kicking off the summer season, National Park Week again offered free admission on April 20th to all parks that charge a fee. We spent the weekend at starkly beautiful Pinnacles NP, climbing to High Peaks where the condors soar and taking in the 360° views from the Park's high point, North Chalone Peak.

Temps were mild, so despite large numbers of climbers and hikers only one EMS rescue was executed all weekend. Many wilderness emergencies in Pinnacles are due to heat-related illnesses, but not all; last year during our annual trip a woman fell and broke a leg up near High Peaks and had to be evacuated.

Our group fared well and we focused on the incredible rock formations, wild flowers and soon-to-be-gone lush green native grasses. Three of us are trained in WFA and I carried a kit with ACE wrap and SAM splint for the group.

I hope you can get out and explore our National Parks, National Forests and Wilderness  areas soon and often this year. These natural wonders are always best enjoyed when you travel well prepared to handle the unexpected. Good navigation skills, carrying the 10 essentials, and WFA training can give you the confidence you need to really relax and enjoy.

Check out these upcoming offerings:

https://www.meetup.com/maameetupgroup/events/260475713/

https://www.meetup.com/maameetupgroup/events/260845931/

Play Safe,

Terrie

 

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