New Zealand deploys art of conversation to save foreign hikers' lives

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New Zealand deploys art of conversation to save foreign hikers' lives

Postby Cheesewheel » Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:46 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... kers-lives

“Tell them that jeans are not acceptable in any hiking situation. Let them know a torch can help save their lives. We have a collective responsibility to help care for our visitors. We need our visitors to thrive in our country not just survive.”

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The cost of emergency rescues is paid by the taxpayer and rescues of hikers in peril are largely undertaken by volunteers.

The most common issues for visitors hiking in New Zealand are underestimating the challenges of the rugged environment, failing to take enough warm or protective clothing, getting lost, and sudden, dramatic changes in weather.
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Re: New Zealand deploys art of conversation to save foreign hikers' lives

Postby Thoglette » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:17 pm

Cheesewheel wrote:“Tell them that jeans are not acceptable in any hiking situation.

Is that just the cotton or the cut?

It's been that long since I "tramped" that the last specialised pants I used were '60s pattern fatigues - they were hemp canvas and lasted forever.
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Re: New Zealand deploys art of conversation to save foreign hikers' lives

Postby Cheesewheel » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:25 pm

Thoglette wrote:
Cheesewheel wrote:“Tell them that jeans are not acceptable in any hiking situation.

Is that just the cotton or the cut?

It's been that long since I "tramped" that the last specialised pants I used were '60s pattern fatigues - they were hemp canvas and lasted forever.

Actually it did cross my mind whether there was a subtle element of sales pitch for the local trekking equipment industry, but I don't think that is a very newzealandry sort of behaviour.
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