It’s the age of the selfie – we’ve all done it. There’s no one else there take to you’re your photo, so you snap a quick shot with a little bit of scenery behind. What if someone told you a selfie could save your life? Search and rescue teams are now asking hikers, bikers, skiers, and all other outdoor enthusiasts to post a selfie.
Search-and-rescue squads’ main work is out of doors. These altruistic individuals risk life and limb to aid fellow outdoor enthusiasts, but many are turning to the value of social media. Not as a marketing tool, but as a new innovative rescue strategy. Search-and-rescue volunteers across the country are asking people to take what they call a “Trailhead Selfie” and post it on your social media platforms using #trailheadselfie.
A few things to think of when taking your trailhead selfie:
- If you know you won’t have service at the trailhead, post before you go.
- Don’t be afraid to use several platforms, particularly Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
- After posting your photo, shut off your phone to conserve battery – this also reduces technical distractions during your wilderness time.
- Make sure the selfie shows what you’re wearing, the trailhead location, and anyone with you. If this doesn’t fit in your photo, add it to your description.
It can be a bit intimidating setting off in a new location, especially if your new to an area or enjoy hiking alone. While snapping a #trailheadselfie does not ensure your safety, it is a useful application for our phones and social media. Just remember to be smart, be safe, and most importantly ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS!
“The mountains are calling and I must go…”