#21: Every Accident is Avoidable

Wasatch County Search and Rescuer, Rod, joins this episode about being prepared, training, and most important, staying safe. Listen in on what the treacherous back-country of Utah can be like for even the experts.

You can download this episode from your favorite podcast listening app (how?) or listen to it below. Check here for links, photos, and any video we talk about during the show!

Drink of the Day

Ikea’s Apple Cider, Ekologisk, is our drink of the day. Some may get lost in Ikea’s aisles of home decor and staged rooms, but others love every inch of it. Where do you stand?  Most importantly, what do you think of their meatballs?

Guest Spotlight

Our guest, Rod, has been with Search and Rescue for over 12 years in the Wasatch Back. This part of Utah covers Park City, Sundance, Heber City, and Midway near the Rocky Mountains.  Serving in this area, Rod has seen it all. From digging out avalanches to swift water, Rod shares his stories and his tips on how to be smart in all areas.

Being prepared is the number one way to prevent accidents.  Here are Rod’s top 4 recommendations on how to make sure you are fully prepared for your adventure:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the area.
  2. Get a GPS and learn how to use it. Simple geocaching can help give you experience while learning how to use GPS and phones can’t always be relied on.
  3. Hydration. In winter or summer, dehydration can be a serious problem.
  4. Prepare for the worst. Make sure you are prepared for any sudden weather changes.

You can find the Wasatch County Search and Rescue on Facebook or on Instagram. Remember, be smart, not  scared.

Bucket List

Hidden in the Payette National Forest of Idaho, lies Loon Lake.  If you’re willing to make the 10+ mile hike, you can find the hidden B-23 Bomber that crash landed on the frozen lake in the 1940s.

Movie Madness

Our movie referencing has been lacking lately. Here’s this Episode’s mentions:

  • Leatherheads, starring George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, and John Krasinski
  • 127 Hours, starring James Franco and Amber Tamblyn
  • Airplane, starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays, and Julie Hagerty

Random Tidbits

The headless man found in Pompeii may look like a cartoon, but they may finally be piecing together what actually happened.  To see if Ren and Cam were right, read the National Geographic article here.

Here’s the video of DJ Khaled stuck on a jet ski at night.  There is some language, and we definitely do NOT recommend you do this.

The rule about Pilots and Co-pilots eating the same meal isn’t exactly a rule, so much as a safety precaution. This article from Travel + Leisure helps sort out why they do it.

More Listening

Check out our interview with horse trainer, Ali, from Episode 15 and our interview with bicyclist, Alan, from Episode 20.


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