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Lessons Learned 2012: Last post for the season

November 27, 2012 Posted by: Yosemite Search and Rescue

For our last post for the 2012 season, we decided to highlight five lessons from this year's entries. We will resume posting in early summer 2013.

1. Many surfaces in Yosemite are slippery
--be they water-polished rock, gravelly hiking trails, or uneven surfaces like boulders. Always be aware of what you're walking on, keep focused on it, and be sure to have appropriate footwear.

2. Always be willing to turn around
when you encounter conditions you're not prepared for or other unexpected circumstances. Coincidentally, these three incidents also highlight the importance of good communication (and how it can be hard to come by in Yosemite). Be sure someone reliable knows your itinerary and will let us know if you're overdue--but don't rely on cell phones.

3. Climbers: Be adequately experienced and prepared
for the routes you do and be sure you use your safety gear.

4. Extra focus is required when you're in an exposed position.

Finally, just because you made it to camp doesn't mean you can (completely) relax.


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  1. Kevin - Boulder, CO
    December 07, 2012 at 09:08

    This was a great way to connect with people like myself who constantly need to be reminded that anything can happen and that the "it won't happen to me" attitude isn't smart at all. Great summary and I'll be more prepared the next time I head out thanks to this article.

  2. Dylan - San Francisco, CA
    December 07, 2012 at 03:33

    Informative and interesting. Awesome work, YOSAR and thanks for posting.

  3. Bret - Eustis, FL
    November 30, 2012 at 06:12

    As a casual day hiker who loves hiking in national parks, especially Yosemite, I greatly appreciate these blogs. They are informative and enlightening. I look forward to reading them next year.


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Did You Know?

American Indians use traditional ignition methods on a prescribed fire project

The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.