What I need to consider before spending 3-5 days in SoCal mountains/desert/brush
June 5, 2011 1:25 AM Subscribe
Trying to spend 3-4 days in the woods/hills of Southern California
posted by sawyerrrr to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The area I live in is very rich surrounded by mountains, valleys, woods, etc, and I want to go spend some time there. My plan is basically to just hike in a direction that has large mountains surrounding it so I can keep my bearings and not get lost. Set up a tent, and just spend some time. I'm pretty sure this is illegal, but I'm okay with that.
I've got 2 48oz Nalgene Bottles, a freestanding solo tent, first aid, and a sleeping bag, and I've read up on how to treat Rattlesnake bites (though there seems to be some disagreement on how to do this).
I'm not too worried about food, I'll probably bring some with me, but I've done 10 day water fasts, albeit not in the summer heat and not in the wilderness but I think I'll be fine on whatever limited food I do bring.
I guess what I'm a bit worried about is getting lost, water, rattlesnakes, and anything else that I'm probably definitely forgetting.
As for the rattlesnakes, besides in my encampment area I plan on wearing Timberlands and jeans at all times as there is ALOT of rockface and tallgrass in this area and from what I've heard that's rattlesnake territory.
Anything that can prolong the amount of time I could remain out there is also helpful as that is ultimately the goal to just spend time outside.
I will be bringing my cellphone with the battery removed in case I need to pull it out to make an emergency phone call or look at a GPS map but by the time I can get service, I'll probably just have easily have climbed a mountain/hill and gotten my bearings straight.
any help is appreciated.