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Ripper week hiking Karijini National Park. Only the second group to hike the park this season, and I know why. The first group got rescued by SES because they ran out of water. Our group only achieved ⅓ of the distance we initially intended to hike due to lack of water and the ruggedness of the terrain. Our trip did, however, finish with a bang as my mate got a suspected snake bite. 4 park rangers, 2 Ambo’s, 2 police, 20 SES and 9 German backpackers later, he was lifted out of the park and off by air ambulance to port Headland hospital. I did ask for “EPIC”! All ended well and he was back to health by the time we all met back up in Perth.
Here are the top three things that have made a difference in my week.
They might also be useful for you, or not.
1) A course I took...
Level 3 First Aid. 3 days before I went on the hike. For $99 it's a no brainer. It gave me clarity and confidence to apply the compression bandage to my mate's leg after the suspected bite. A bandage that stayed on for over 8 hours as he was assessed in the field by Ambo’s, Doctors at Tom Price Hospital and then later at Post Headland Hospital. It's a great course that gives you the ability to take charge in a situation that might save a life. Highly recommended. So is carrying one of these snake bite bandages if you are walking in the bush.
2) Something we used on the hike...
PLB (Personal Locator Beacon). This amazing device and service provided by governments around the world allows you to be found and rescued when in need. You left the cover and flick the switch this sends a distress signal that is transmitted from the PLB. We used ours when my mate was bitten at the bottom of a gorge. Once pressed the signal is received by the COSPAS SARSAT satellites. The satellites send the signal to the nearest receiving stations on earth known as Local User Terminals (LUTs) ours went to Albany in WA. these guys then forwarded the details to a Mission Control Centre in Perth, and onto the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Canberra. They then contact the Police, SES, Ambulance and in our case the local Park Rangers. This all happens in minutes. About 10 min after we hit the PLB, I had the local Ranger interrupt a CB radio communication I was having to give me advice they had been notified and all Emergency services were on the way. AMAZING!
3) A cool thing I used...
Book Swap. When resting up for a couple of days before heading home, I discovered a book swap library at the Eco Retreat in Karijini. Great idea for travelers to drop off the book they have finished with and pick up another. Rarely do I read fiction but I picked up a great one that I’m finishing off at home.
Ps. My favorite quote this week is “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi
I would love your feedback on what had an impact on you and the lesson in it, moral of the story, or learning you would share.
Have a ripper finish to your week.
Cheers Dr. Ben
Dr. Ben Carvosso
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