What would I do if things go wrong...

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 20:36

Baz - The Landy

All too frequently we hear and read about people lost in the Australian bush and outback, people ranging from foreign tourists, station workers, and even experienced bushmen.

There is a thread running currently regarding a man that was lost near Laverton and thankfully found to be reunited with his family. It is not my intention to develop another thread on that specific incident, comments on it should be added directly to it.
But it prompted me to give some broader thought to “what would I do if things go wrong”.

I have written on the topic previously in a blog titled Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face! which you can view and add your thoughts to directly – it is interesting to get other people’s perspective on planning…

But when an incident occurs there is usually speculation over the how, the why, the when, and even questions raised about who should foot the bill for searches, and rescues – a topic that will polarise people regularly.

Being an avid student of “risk management” I read and analyse these incidents with the information that is publically available. The conclusion that is often easy to draw is in many cases and with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight those involved may have done things differently, or they may have planned the excursion differently.

We can all learn from these events, some of which have a better ending than others…In the least events like the recent one is a timely reminder that we should all be reviewing and refining our strategy for survival in the Bush and Outback should things not go the way we planned.

After all, it is easy to have a view on what one will do whilst sitting in the arm-chair with a cup of tea in hand – it is another thing altogether to enact or develop a plan when the proverbial " bleep " hits the fan and your body and mind is not functioning as normal, which is frequently the case once dehydration sets in, the onset of which can be very quick.

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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