WHAT TO TAKE IN AN EMERGENCY KIT?
As a rule of thumb: as little as possible. The UAE hiking areas are not that remote, usually covered by cellphone network. We wouldn’t advise to go out and buy an emergency pack of the shelve: half of their content can’t be used in the Middle East.
So, what to take ?
Below is our personal list.
A compact lightweight aluminium box which we keep in the car when we don’t hike.
- Thermal Blanket(s)
- Swiss Knife
- Fire stick (I know!)
- Spare Batteries
- Cordelette Rope
- Aluminium box
Did we mention a fully charged cell phone?
How did a 1936 Emergency Kit look like?
EMERGENCY KIT GEORGE MALLORY 1936
British mountaineer George Mallory disappeared on the Mt Everest in 1936. His body was only found in 1999 and till today we still don’t know if he was the first man to reach the world’s highest top.
So, what emergency kit did he carry?
Oxygen tanks, a rope, ice pick, goggles, a watch, matches, a knife, scissors and altimeter.
Times did change but still, Hajar mountains are not Himalayas.
Carry the basics and learn how to use them
COMPASS AND/OR GPS?
A word about compass – GPS
If you carry a GPS, take a set of spare batteries.
Never rely entirely on the GPS but hone your orientation skills.
You don’t see many compasses nowadays and I doubt their use in the Hajar Mountains. It’s quite old school and looks rather snob but if you feel naked without it ……..
Learn how to make a simple diaper sling. With the carabiner it might allow you to evacuate somebody or to lower him/her from a difficult stretch.
While at it: remember the golden rope rule. The rope will be deployed immediately on any request of anybody in the group.
No questions asked !