Survival of the Fittest in a Climber Emergency

Anyone that is setting out on a climbing adventure does so with a positive attitude. But, that doesn’t mean that don’t assess the potential risks. Nor does it mean that they do not take every means possible for the prevention of any mishap.

New Zealand Mountains are Not to Be Under Estimated

For mountaineers, New Zealand could be classed as the ultimate playground for these climbers. There are many mountains that are ready to put mountaineers of all skill levels through their paces. One that fits into this category is Mt. Aspiring. It is just one of the many mountains where a climber does not want to find themselves stranded.

A Three Day Ordeal

While there have been many requirements for rescue services for Mt. Aspiring one that stands out is the rescue of Lieutenant Terry Harch. This individual managed to survive three days of being stranded on the mountain before being rescued.

Survival is Not Luck

It may be said that when an individual is rescued after being stranded on a mountain, that they are “lucky to be alive”, it should not be assumed that it was luck that kept them this way. It is the skills of the mountaineer that must be relied on at a time like this. Meaning the skills of survival which is a completely different set of skills that are applied to the climb.

Another mountaineer survived simply by knowing that he needed to keep digging his way out of snowdrifts repeatedly. It was not until the fourth day that he was rescued.

Another stranded climber had the sense and expertise to build themselves shelter which consisted of a snow cave. The instinct for protection kicked in along with the knowledge of knowing thiat rationing of supplies was going to be another important element of surviving.