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The Heart of the
The Township of West Milford has many hiking
trails. Click on the thumbnails to the left and you will find the
Appalachian Trail, Highlands Trail and many other marked and unmarked
Hiking throughout the Township, you will encounter
beautiful and unique fauna. The area has many lakes and streams,
as well as wildlife, birds, squirrels, deer, fox, coyotes and black
Make your hike a safe and enjoyable experience, follow our hiking
safety tips, bear country, camping
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Last modified: Saturday, December 13, 2003
in the Woods
The 9 Rules for Survival
Stay Together, DO NOT Separate - if
with a friend or pet.
for this rule is body heat. Cuddling up to a large dog or friend will
help keep you warm. If with a dog, do not let it run loose, it can help
you more by staying close and providing heat and companionship.
Stay in one place or area. DO NOT
This is the
MOST important rule of them all. If you wander - We Can not Find You.
One reason is that people looking for you move very slowly while
searching for clues. If you are out front running along, we won't be
able to catch up. Another reason for not wandering is the possibility of
falling and hurting yourself while traveling. Being lost and hurt could
means to keep warm with the clothes you are wearing. NEVER take any
clothes off. Cover up all the exposed skin you can. If you are wearing a
sweater or jacket, do it up. Watch out for your shoe laces. Branches
have a tricky way of undoing them. The most important part of your
clothing is a hat or something that covers your head. Over 70% of all
your body heat escapes through your head.
Find a Cozy Waiting Place, Not a
waiting place means, a warm place out of the wind and rain but not a
place where searchers can not see you. Under a large tree is a good
Put Out Something Bright.
something bright or make something to tell people searching for you
where you are. Make a flag using what you have, but Do Not Take Off Any
Clothes to do so. Some suggestions are white paper, money, hair ribbons,
a strip from an orange garbage bag, etc. Spell the word "HELP"
or "SOS" on the ground using rocks and sticks or make a large
arrow with them, pointing to where you are. Do anything to attract
Look Bigger For Searchers.
possible, your waiting place should be near an open space. When you hear
someone coming, move to the middle of the clearing and call. Do Not Run
in the direction of the noise. If it is an aircraft you heard, lie down
so the pilot has a bigger target to look at. Then wave with both your
arms and legs, like making an angel in the snow. Stand up immediately
after the aircraft has passed, as the ground can be very cold.
Do Not Lie on the Bare Ground.
The only exception to
this rule is the one above. Laying on the cold ground for a very short
period of time, attracting attention, is OK. Being in direct contact with
the ground for any length of time is dangerous. The cold ground can rob
precious body heat from you. Build a mattress using available materials
such as branches, moss, leaves, etc. This mattress should be as thick as
the mattress you sleep on at home! After the mattress is completed, gather
the same amount or more, of the same material and use it for the blankets.
This is called a survival bed.
Do Not Eat Anything you are not sure of.
Do Not eat any berries,
mushrooms or anything else unless you are 100% sure what they are. Being
hungry is not too bad of a feeling compared with being violently sick. And
remember, there won't be anyone there to look after you. You can go without
food for a long time, but you cannot go without water.
Stay Away from Large Rivers and Lakes.
You must have drinking water to
survive, but be careful where you get it from. Do Not go near any large bodies
of water. Instead, drink from a water supply that is smaller than you are, so
you can not fall in. Another source of water can be found on leaves in the
form of dew.