13th of December and how to do a river crossing…

Today we open door thirteen and learn how to cross a river lean…

First of all, river crossing is one of the most serious things within the outdoors. Avoid it to be a happening, the more planned the better for the safety. So read the map, and foresee were or when it can be relevant. So, ground role one; a river that goes faster then your hiking speed you should avoid to cross. And the lowest layer of water will move the slowest, meaning that your feet will be able to maintain good traction in the water. Role two; avoid river crossing were the water is higher then your thighs. Rule three use a pole when crossing it will help to keep the balance. Rule four, read the river. This is more complex than it sound like. Look for a broad place, this means till probably will be more shallow there. Also look were the water has dug out, there the water can be more flowing. You can also look for tracks from big animals. They often cross at more safe places, but dont take anything for granted though. Rule five, now its time to prepare for the crossing. Keep your boots/shoes on. Yes, you will get wet, but you need to have good grip and you dont want to hurt you feet. Rule six, unclip the waist and sternum straps. Rule seven, now its time for the crossing. Move slowly over to the other side. You go with 45 degrees up streams. Rule eight, if you are a group, line up and grab each other around the back and hold on the hip, or even better to the back-pack. A stable person in the front as well as in the back. The leader can commend a step by step movement. This will be safe and stable way to go. Rule nine, and maybe the most important. Avoid river crossing and find a bridge:-), that is the safest way of river crossing….What happens if you fall into the river than? First of all dont panic, as always in dangerous situations dont panic…Float on your back, and point your feet downstream. Paddle with your arms towards the shore. Let the back pack go, it will be replaceable – You will not…

How to Cross a River Safely | Expedition Episode 20 | MSC Get Outdoors Series – YouTube

And today’s book suggestion; UIAA Alpine Summer – BMC Shop (thebmc.co.uk)

See ya tomorrow…

 

 

2 reaktion på “13th of December and how to do a river crossing…”

  1. Great advises Bergman. This can never be emphasised enough.last summer I was on my way to be taken away by the water.
    It has much more power than emeginable.

  2. Good advice. I remember when we crossed the river barefoot without a stick. Despite that the water was low and slow (but very cold) it was a challenge

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