Crossing rivers, creeks and streams safely can be challenging, especially when the water-body is deep with rapid currents. Yet, we must know how to because there’s no way to tick these bodies off our survival skills checklist. Wherever you’re bugging, there’s the likelihood of running into a river or stream to cross. The inability to do so safely may cost you several hours and extra energy (which you do not have) if you choose to look for another route, or at worse, it may even drown you.
3 Tips For Crossing Rivers, Creeks And Streams Safely
Never Cross Deep Waters
Regardless of how it looks, a water-body with rapid, eager currents can be dangerous. There’s always the possibility of getting swept off if you try to cross it. You can’t see the bottom of rivers with treacherous currents and, therefore, may have your feet caught in a poor position while crossing, and that could lead to a fall. Also, take note of the load you’re carrying while crossing a river or stream—the heavier your baggage, the greater the risk of capsizing. Before you wade into a river, make sure you’re taking the shallow part. A trick to measure a river’s depth is to throw a handful of dirt or leaves into it and see how fast it goes.
Keep Your Survival Boots On
While crossing any water-body, keep your survival boots on and tightly worn. The appropriate survival boots would make crossing water much easier. Even if the boots aren’t meant for that terrain, they’ll help you do much better than walking on bare feet. Your survival boots have the traction that keeps your feet firmly planted. I advise that you only buy sturdy boots that are usable in any terrain. This will help maintain your balance while you cross and protect you from cuts or bruises while on other activities.
Maintain Your Balance With Survival Sticks
If you’re familiar with the uses of a survival stick, then you’d surely know that you can use it cross water safely. Although I expect you to carry your survival stick from home, it is still okay if you don’t. A survival stick can be made easily in the wilderness. Make two sticks that you’re sure that they can support you, and then use to determine the river’s depth before wading in. When you do, keep the sticks on the upstream side to see that the sticks are held in place. Rest your weight against your survival stick and shuffle your feet sideways for balance.
If you have to cross fast waters, make sure you’re facing upstream and remain aware of your footing as you cross. At all times, ensure that your two sticks are in contact with the riverbed.
Takeaways From Crossing Rivers, Creeks And Streams Safely
With the few but useful above, crossing rivers, creeks & streams safely is much easier. With the right boots on and a pair of sturdy sticks by your side to maintain balance, you can always cross waters safely by choosing to do so through a shallow spot.