How To Deal With River Crossings
Crossing rivers can be treacherous -- unless you know what you're doing.
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When planning a Tordrillos odyssey, there’s no guesswork up front about whether you’ll have to cross swiftly moving water. You will. Here are some considerations:
- Locate the safest crossing point; wide and slow is better than deep, narrow, and swift.
- Put must-stay-dry items like food, sleeping bag, and camera in waterproof bags.
- Strip down to clothes you can afford to get wet, like your skivvies. Once across, hang them from your pack to dry and slip on dry duds.
- Undo your pack’s hipbelt and loosen its shoulder straps so you can get it off quickly if you slip.
- If you’re in a group, form a line parallel to the stream’s course.
- Cross facing up-current with the tallest/strongest person upstream. Hang onto his or her pack.
- Use a hiking staff to brace yourself when the current tries to push you over. Better still are a pair of trekking poles because four “legs” are more secure than three.
- Move deliberately, making sure each foothold is secure before taking the next step.
- When you get out, start walking to warm up