posted on Nov, 7 2008 @ 04:14 AM
I guess it depends on why you need to be there. No matter if your on an adventure holiday or the so called Situation-X you need to be prepared.
Overseas visitors come for the adventure but wherever the reason, you do need a good reason to be in the outback. Somewhere around 40 people a year
die in the outback. Sure some are simply the result of bad driving, some due to vehicle brake down but mostly they are bad decisions.
Headlines, radio and television regularly report of massive searches in bushland or in remote Outback regions for one or more people who have been
lost or stranded. Most of the time, these searches end in success. Sometimes they don't. So before leaving on a journey through remote areas always
notify someone of your estimated time of departure, your proposed and alternate routes and your estimated time of arrival and don't forget to notify
those concerned once you have safely completed the journey. The outback can be so remote that you may need to take an emergency beacon with you. If
Australians, who should know their country better, can get stranded, get lost, starve, die in the Australian Outback, non-Australians should really
take heed of the real dangers that exist in the country's desolate inland reaches.
If we could just start with three rules
1) The single most important thing, the only one that really matters in the outback is water. Don't calculate two or three litres per day, take ten
hell take as much as possible. As long as you have water you will live if you don't have water you will die. You can never have too much water, you
can't survive without water. Any bush skills you have like catching a wild pig or finding witchety grubs won't do you any good if you run out of
water. You will DIE - Got it now
2) If you brake down a vehicle is much easier to find in the bush than a person. More people are found dead only a few clicks away from there vehicle.
All the water you can carry will last a few hours, and that's the end of of you. You will DIE - Stay with your vehicle got it.
3) Know your vehicle and know what it can and can't do. There are real four wheel drives, and then there are the toy four wheel drives for city
slickers. Most farmers who live on the outback stations (ranch) will use the faithful Toyota Landcruiser. Choose a vehicle with real chassis, real
axles and levers that select gears forget the autos. If your vehicle doesn't brake down or run out of fuel and you have water you can stay alive