#route planning….what’s your strategy? Going on a day, multi-day or expedition there’s homework to be done! #weather reports, route cards, gleening local knowledge and a whole lot of #research will mean you’ve adhered to the 7P’s and all your clothing and equipment can be selected accordingly
The 7 p’s stands for Prior, Preparation and Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance. We’re going to talk about a few things you can do before you go on any expeditions.
Getting in to shape– in any survival situation you are likely to be at your best, both physically and mentally, in the moments before the situation occurs. From that point on, through lack of sleep, food and water, your situation will deteriorate until your rescue. Being in a good physical condition will help you overcome the challenges you’ll face in a survival situation. The benefits to exercising include strength gains, mental alertness and stamina – all great attributes to have in a survival situation.
Emergency Plan of Action- is exactly as it sounds. If the worst was to happen to you, someone could look at your EPA (emergency plan of action) and give the information to the rescue services which will massively decrease the search time for you. Below is an example of an EPA which would suffice.
|EMERGENCY PLAN OF ACTION FORM|
|Full name as appears on passport:
|Date of birth:
Weight 14 stone (93kg)
Hair colour: Brown
|Passport number: xxxxxx
|Driving licence number:xxxxxxx
|Distinguishing marks(scars,tattoos): Tribal tattoo left arm||Languages spoken
|Medication– anti-malaria tablets
|Swimmer: Strong swimmer
Military experience working in all kinds of environments.
|Next of Kin 1: Mother
27 fog close
Moray Iv30 9PO
|Next of kin 2: Sister
36 robert drive
Moray IV30 8DS
|Tel: 07xxxxxxxxx||Tel: 07xxxxxxxxx|
Campsite 1 – Grid 1234,5678
Campsite 2 – Grid 1234,5678
Vehicle; Landrover 1 – Black reg- ab1265
Group – Myself, Robert black
Day 1- Park Landrover 1 at campsite 1 and walk to campsite 2 following route card on reverse side.
Day 2- Leave campsite 2 and head back to landrover 1 following same route as day 1.
Day 1- None
Will phone my mum before we leave campsite 1 and will try phone her again half way through the route if I can get signal, If I can’t I have told her not to worry.
Will phone again when we reach campsite 2, should reach campsite 2 NLT 2100. I have phoned campsite 2 and they have told me that mobile service is strong on the site.
|My Mob- 07xxxxxxx
Robert-07xxxxxxx Date 14 Jan 16
Campsite 1- 01xxxxxxx
Campsite 2- 01 xxxxxxx
As mentioned above, a route card can also be made to go hand in hand with your EPA. A route card is a piece of paper usually laminated with all your grid references, bearings, back bearings, distances, timings and description of the route you are planning to take during your trip. You want to make at least two copies of this and leave one with a family member along with your EPA, as this will massively increase your chance of rescue if you do get into a spot of bother on your travels. See below for an example.
|Leg||From Grid||To Grid||Grid bearing||Mag Bearing||Back Bearing||Distance||Timings|
|1||145770||146761||3090 mils||3176 mils||6376 mils||800m||12min|
|2||146761||140756||4050 mils||4126 mils||0926 mils||700m||16min|
|3||140756||148750||2400 mils||2476 mils||5676 mils||1000m||14min|
|4||148750||154739||2625 mils||2701 mils||5901 mils||1400m||10min|
|5||154739||172736||1760 mils||1836 mils||5036 mils||1750m||5min|
|6||172736||176726||2800 mils||2876 mils||6076 mils||1000m||8min|
|7||176736||177722||2880 mils||2956 mils||6156 mils||525m||25min|
|8||177722||176714||3355 mils||3436 mils||0236 mils||800m||6min|
|9||176714||170710||4150 mils||4226 mils||1026 mils||675m||18min|
|10||170710||167713||5450 mils||5526 mils||2326 mils||500m||7min|
|11||167713||147717||4950 mils||5026 mils||0826 mils||2300m||23min|
|12||147717||147724||0030 mils||0106 mils||3306 mils||900m||14min|
|13||147724||146732||6250 mils||6326 mils||3126 mils||800m||15min|
|14||146732||148750||0090 mils||0166 mils||3366 mils||1900m||13min|
|15||148750||140756||5550 mils||5626 mils||2426 mils||1000m||26min|
|16||140756||146761||0850 mils||0926 mils||4126 mils||700m||28min|
|17||146761||145770||6290 mils||6366 mils||3166 mils||800m||15min|
You can also write a description of each leg to remind yourself of what you should see so that you don’t have to constantly get your map out.