Greg Enright wrote:Your big adventure comes to a grinding halt. You busted your leg, or whatever, and you can't move. You need rescue.
So, what do you expect? Does your buddy go get help? Do you whip out your sat phone and call for the next available helicopter? Did you go solo, and crawl out?
It would be interesting to hear what you all think is going to happen next, and how long it's going to take. Rescue response varies around the world, so give you story the local perspective.
Interesting topic...I'm sure you have lots of perspective from your own SAR experiences.
Of course what occurs is unique to each situation. My first instinct, were I traveling alone, would be to try and get my own sorry arse out. Crawl, hop, anything to take personal responsibility. Obviously I'd leave word with someone that if not home by a certain time (after providing detailed route information), start worrying. I don't have a sat phone, so that's not a solution. Were I traveling with someone else I think I'd still want to try and get myself out as long as it didn't put partner in danger. Beyond that, I suspect we'd figure out a rescue plan and I'd hunker down for however long it took. And if I'm not prepared for any of this it's my own stupidity and I'm even more likely not to involve a rescue team.
Mind you, I've never found myself seriously injured in the backcountry, at least nothing I couldn't walk out from, so if this did occur (knock on wood) I'd probably be whining for my Mama.
We have awesome SAR teams here in Colorado - given how busy they are with unprepared and/or inexperienced tourons (mostly), they are quick to respond as long as conditions don't jeopardize their safety. And if they're unavailable, calls usually go out immediately to other services for assistance.