CROSSINGS ARE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS & SHOULD BE AVOIDED ESPECIALLY IF ABOVE THIGH DEEP OR FLOWING FASTER THAN WALKING PACE
DECISIONS TO BE MADE
- whether to cross, where, what method.
- don't fight against river
- use mutual support methods
- anticipate what might go wrong
CHOOSE A PLACE TO CROSS
- run out
- river bed
- entry & exit points
- curves & bends:faster on outside, between 2 bends ideal
- Wear close fitting garments & secure all openings.
- Wear boots with gaiters but remove socks.
- Carry non waterproof items & fire lighting equipment in plastic snap lock bags.
- Waterproof contents of packs, especially sleeping bags.
- Prepare the pack for floating by placing in a large plastic bag or groundsheet & sealing.
- Fording streams Cross diagonally in a downstream direction, with body parallel to current.
- DO NOT use a single rope to cross.
- Safety precautions: Know those who are non-swimmers.
- Strongest or most experienced person to make a test crossing.
- Check personal preparation of each member: boots & gaiters securely laced, waistbands & chest straps on packs undone, no hanging straps or loose clothes.
- Shed pack quickly if swept off feet
- Decide order of crossing so that the strongest are able to help.
- Have person on each bank to catch anyone swept away.
METHODS OF CROSSING
- individual a pole as prop
- linked arms
- arms across shoulders grasping top of pack straps
- thin pole & linked arms
- log, upstream arm over, downstream arm under, lock arms together underneath
- swimming with pack as float need run >4x width
- rope 3x width of river, pulling pack which is used as float
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