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Searchers off to busy start for year

Volunteers have been called 7 times in 6 days to begin 2010

Darrel’s Survival Pack

Plan to head out into the backcountry? Local experts urge you to be prepared. Routt County Search and Rescue veteran and spokesman Darrel Levingston suggests the following kit:

■ 1. Waterproof/windproof matches and lighter.

■ 2. Various fire starters: Vaseline-soaked cotton balls, hand sanitizer, liquid gel.

■ 3. Small folding saw.

■ 4. Map and compass, and (optionally) a GPS device.

■ 5. Basic first aid kit (including antiseptic wipes, 2-inch-by-2-inch sterile pads, medical tape, Benadryl tablets).

■ 6. Water bottle and water purification tablets or water filter system.

■ 7. Two reflective emergency blankets or reflective tarps.

■ 8. Energy bars, trail mix, power gels, cacao packets.

■ 9. Tin cup with insulated handle for warming snow or water.

■ 10. Warm hat and gloves, wool socks, fleece vest, rain coat and pants.

■ 11. Multi-tool (Leatherman type), duct tape (small amount), 15 to 20 feet of lightweight rope.

■ 12. Headlamp with extra batteries.

■ 13. Sunscreen.

■ 14. Two days’ supply of essential prescribed medications.

■ 15. Cell phone (keep this close to your body to keep the battery warm).

Also: Always tell someone where you are going and when you’ll return and/or leave an itinerary on the front seat of your car.