Safety is No Accident

Before every big hiking adventure comes the most important part; the planning and the packing.

What you put in your pack (or don't) can be the difference between a safe or dangerous trip. Our marketing manager, Mary, had a textbook experience when she and a friend set out on an over night hike to Earnslaw Burn in Glenorchy, NZ. The first aid kit was accidently left in the car, neither of them carried a PLB (Personal Locater Beacon) and they were walking into an area without reception. 

A New Zealand based outdoor magazine, Wilderness, recently ran a competition to win a PLB, an essential item for adventure enthusiasts! Mary entered her story and while she didn't win, she had since gone out and purchased her own. Read on to find out why... 

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(The stunning walk into Earnslaw Burn & epic tent spot for the night) 

 

Here at Pure Exploration our goal is to not only help you experience the great outdoors but experience them safety and confidently! On all of our 12 week programs we run modules on Safety Management and Emergency Procedures.

 

By the end of your course you will demonstrate:

• Use of a Safety management system and Activity Management Plan for given hike

• Advantages and limitations of communication devices used in a remote setting (Cell-phone, In Reach device, PLB, Satellite phone, VHF, 2 Way Radio)

• Construction of an emergency shelter using equipment carried and natural features and materials

• Survival skills and how to help searchers / rescue locate their position

• Emergency evacuation skills (stretchers and assisted carries)

• Use of a first aid kit to deal with common first aid situations (sprains, blisters, asthma)

• Knowledge of mountain hypothermia, its symptoms and treatment in the field and at base

• Cold related injuries (frost nip, frost bite)

• Heat related conditions (sun burn, heat exhaustion, hyperthermia)

 

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(Students practicing safe river crossing on the Queenstown AGP) 

 

Moral of the story, pack light and pack right... you never know when you'll need to carry two!

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(Mary carrying both packs leaving Earnslaw Burn) 


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2021-05-16

We are sliding Slovenia and Italy into our Program lineup from Summer 2022. We are super excited to announce this one as for 12 weeks the Dolomites and the Alps will be your playground but also your classroom! . . . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-15

What is PHEC? An advanced, progressive and innovative course, it provides you with the knowledge and skills required to provide immediate and advanced first aid assistance. We either cover this course or Wilderness First Aid on our Programs. These courses give you the best preparation for all circumstances. . . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-14

Who is inspiring us this week? Chrisburkard has recently cycled across Iceland with a few of his mates. See him battle snow storms, freezing temperatures all on bikes! Amazing and worth a follow! Did we mention we have a Program that explores Iceland in 2022! . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-05-12

On our Patagonia Program students will be climbing and hiking around the Fitz Roy peak. This peak is famous for Jim Reynolds free soloing! Can you even imagine that! . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-11

TOP TIP Tuesday! Always take a spare pair of socks on your hikes. You never know when you are going to need them! A wrong step into a stream, snow on the ground or a downpour. It's great to have a dry pair to keep your feet warm! . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-10

Patagonia - One of our most popular Programs. We can see why! Our group pre COVID in front of their hiking and climbing terrain for the Program! Bookings are open now for our Adventure Guide Programs across Nepal, Patagonia and New Zealand! . . . .. . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-09

Our Programs bring the group close together as everyone has their differing strengths. There will be no shortage of high fives and celebrations as we push each other to achieve! . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-08

Swift Water Rescue Qualification - Students will gain this qualification on most Programs and will focus on the RESCUE CURVE! Prevention, self rescue, rescue by others in your group, rescue by others in another group and finally injury or loss. Learning techniques will keep you safe out there exploring! . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-05-07

We love following other explorers and this week we are loving elinasborne and all of her thru hiking. She has recently completed the New Zealand Te Araroa trail and vlogged the whole 3000km of it! . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-05-04

Jump into some great adventures this year with 12 weeks of our Adventure Guide Program in Nepal . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-03

Views from your bedroom like this are common place on our Programs. We run completely accessible courses that balance exploration and learning perfectly. Our destinations include Patagonia, New Zealand and Nepal. . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-02

River crossings are just pat and parcel of our Adventure Guide Programs. Our Nepal Program is in the midst of learning how to cross safely using teamwork (I can confirm the rivers are icy cold) . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-01

Our Nepal Program is in full swing at the moment. Exploring in the foothills of the Himalayas is a bucket list trip! . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-30

Always been thinking about a bit of time out from your career? Just finished university, school or wanting a bit of a challenge. We have 12 week Adventure Guide Programs running throughout the year in some awesome locations . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-26

Tip Tuesday - When packing make sure you pack you clothes in a liner inside your backpack. This will ensure dry clothes whatever the weather! If you don't have a liner just use a binbag. You will thank us! . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-25

Our Programs make sure you are ready for any adventure and also for taking that step into the Outdoor Guide Industry. Our Adventure Guide Programs provide Rock Leader Qualifications. . . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-24

Just a short drive away from our basecamp for the Patagonia Adventure Guide Program, the Perito Moreno is one of the biggest Glaciers you will ever see. It stands at an impressive 30km long! . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-23

The weekends are for exploring and if you aren't on one of our Programs get yourself an adventure booked! We are going to kick off this weekend with a hike near our HQ. This hike takes in Arrowtown, Brow Peak, and ends at Coronet Peak. It's a long one but the views are magical! Where are you adventuring this weekend? . . . . . #newzealand #nz #travel #auckland #nature #photography #queenstown #nzmustdo #wanderlust #love #travelphotography #adventure #southisland #roadtrip #instagood #mountains #landscape #travelgram #photooftheday #beautiful #purenewzealand #instatravel #explore #wellington #beach #naturephotography #hiking #picoftheday #sunset #newzealandguide

2021-04-22

Throwing it back to our Adventure Guide Program getting involved in some epic water adventures in Milford Sound, New Zealand. Our Programs will push you out of your comfort zone but we will always be laughing! . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nzmustdo #patagonia #Nepal #peru #nz #personaldevelopment #hikingculture #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-04-20

Australia - You might have kangaroos, koalas and a whole lot of other cool wildlife but we have Keas.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These cheeky birds can be found on both the Kepler and Routeburn tracks. Did we mention that our new 2 week Expeditions take in these routes? Spaces are limited with Expeditions running from mid May!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #travelaustralia #australia #seeaustralia #travel #exploreaustralia #visitaustralia #sydney #travelphotography #australiagram #newzealand #discoveraustralia #travelgram #x #nsw #nature #australiatravel #roadtrip #queensland #adventure #queenstown #downunder #wanderlust #travelaus #westernaustralia #visitnsw #travellingaustralia #beach #explore #travelnsw