this isnt some walk in the park ... it's a rarely travelled backcountry alpine bushwhack in a westcoast rainforest with glaciers, streams, scrambling, gullies,etc ...
the SAR teams at times couldnt move more than 3 km per day ... and this is in optimal weather conditions in the middle of summer
if you're going out on this kind of endeavor alone make sure you
1. bring what you need
2. bring a bit more in case something happens
3. bring something that will help someone locate you
4. leave a detailed itinerary with someone with exact checkpoints
it's that simple
backpack light ... don't backpack unsafe ... not just for yourself ... but for the SAR teams that need to look for you
getting lost can be survivable .... even getting hurt as well .. with luck, the right skills and the right equipment ...
list of equipment from the family's site ...
A reminder of the items Tyler has with him:
1. white t-shirt
2. green shirt
3. black fleece
4. grey pants
5. black backpack
6. blue puff jacket
7. tarp (color maybe blue?)
8. green toque
9. cook pot
10. trekking poles
11. red nalgene
12. orange socks
13. black sandals
14. black, grey and orange Nike (size 16)
from the Province ...
"The problem for Watt and the dozens of volunteer searchers who have set out daily for more than a week is that the 35-year-old Vancouver man went alone into the mountains without a map or a compass.
Worse still, he had no set plan on where he was going.
"The intent was that he was going to have a four-or-five-day spiritual experience in the forest," said Watt Saturday. "His words were, 'I was looking for God to direct me.' "
Watt said the fact that Wright didn't have a firm idea of where he was going is a big part of the problem for searchers.
"He had a rudimentary concept of the area and the mountain ranges from Google Earth," said Watt.
"His friend tried to convince him, 'Please have a trail to do,' " said Watt. "When they parted, there were three ideas that Tyler had."
One was to go via Boise Ridge and come out in the Pitt River area.
Another was to go on what's called the Fool's Gold Trail, a rough route that comes out at Widgeon Landing, Coquitlam.
The third was to head south and "hit salt water" at Indian Arm, north of Deep Cove.
from the northshore news ...
The major challenge for the teams was not so much the size of the area as it was the nature of the terrain, said Jones. The landscape in that region includes dense, tangled forest, steep canyons, alpine areas and even glaciers. At times, teams were moving as slowly as three km a day, pushing their way through dense vegetation while at the same time trying to keep their eyes open for signs of the hiker's passage. Helicopters leapfrogged volunteers from spot to spot in an effort to establish Wright's route. Adding to the challenge, communications and the movement of aircraft were frequently hindered by low cloud, said Jones.
Wright, an experienced hiker, was well supplied with food and had studied the area before setting out on his excursion. The region has also seen relatively warm weather at lower elevations, said Jones. On the down side, he was wearing relatively light clothing and appears not to have taken a compass or map with him. Also, his garments were green, grey and black, meaning rescuers would have trouble spotting him even if they were nearby.