Category: Safety & Security (Page 1 of 2)

Popular hiking app HiiKER has made 27,000 trail maps available for download for free in a bid to increase hiker safety

Used by over 600,000 hikers worldwide.

Hiiker app now offers offline maps for free

Hiiker app makes offline maps available for free

From the Hiiker blog »

One of the most staggering things we noticed over the past few years, is the number of rescues that are carried out by emergency services, that could have been avoided if the hiker had a good quality map. While we are developing an app to help more people get into the outdoors, there are still many that are exploring without the adequate gear/equipment to do so.

So by making offline maps free, we are breaking the status quo of all hiking apps, charging for this service and saying that safety shouldn’t require a subscription!

Offline maps means you have the freedom to us them while in the outdoors. Once you download the map to your device, you don’t need signal while hiking. So you can save that essential battery life!


Dick Proenneke thriving alone in the wilderness of Alaska

Dick Proenneke in “Alone in the Wilderness” is the story of Dick Proenneke living at Twin Lakes in the Alaska wilderness.

Dick retired at age 50 in 1967 and decided to build his own cabin on the shore of Twin Lakes. He filmed his adventures so he could show his relatives in the lower 48 states what life was like in Alaska, building his cabin, hunting for food, and exploring the area.

Bob Swerer has used some of the footage from Dick’s films and created 4 videos about Dick, “Alone in the Wilderness”, “Alone in the Wilderness part 2”, “Alaska, Silence and Solitude” and “The Frozen North”. They can purchase from Bob Swerer Productions at the website.

Below are some excepts from these films.

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Life expectancy at birth

Life expectancy at birth is one measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages.

Life expectancy at birth compares the estimated average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future.

  1. Monaco » 89.64 years
  2. Singapore 86.51
  3. Macau 85.16
  4. Japan 85.00
  5. San Marino 84.05
  6. Canada 83.99
  7. Iceland 83.83
  8. Hong Kong 83.80
  9. Andorra 83.61
  10. Israel 83.54
  11. Guernsey 83.42
  12. Switzerland 83.42
  13. Malta 83.39
  14. Australia 83.28
  15. South Korea 83.17
  16. Luxembourg 83.17
  17. Jersey 82.83
  18. Sweden 82.80
  19. France 82.79
  20. Italy 82.79
  21. Spain 82.78
  22. Liechtenstein 82.76
  23. Norway 82.75
  24. New Zealand 82.74
  25. Austria 82.48
  26. Anguilla 82.41
  27. Netherlands 82.36
  28. Bermuda 82.25
  29. Cayman Islands 82.25
  30. Isle of Man 82.25
  31. Belgium 82.06
  32. United Kingdom 82.05
  33. Slovenia 82.02
  34. Finland 81.96
  35. Puerto Rico 81.89
  36. Denmark 81.87
  37. Ireland 81.87
  38. Germany 81.72
  39. Greece 81.71
  40. Portugal 81.71
  41. Saint Pierre and Miquelon 81.62
  42. Faroe Islands 81.47
  43. Taiwan 81.38
  44. Turks and Caicos Islands 81.04
  45. Wallis and Futuna 80.89
  46. Saint-Barthélemy 80.80
  47. Saint-Martin 80.80
  48. United States 80.75
  49. Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 80.70
  50. Gibraltar 80.65

HS4A » Human Security For All

A global campaign to raise awareness on human security. Human Security depends on the security of all beings and life on the planet. It includes the whole biosphere and all life on earth. The Human Security approach recognizes the interlinkages between peace, development, and human rights, and equally considers civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.

How to survive in the wilderness

Increasing numbers of people are taking to woodlands and wildernesses to learn ancient survival skills and rekindle a lost connection with the natural world.


Human beings are extinct in the wild. The majority of us would be clueless in a true survival situation, having been coddled and cosseted by the comforts of civilisation. Cloistered away in our homes and offices, with fresh water at the turn of a tap, warmth at the touch of a button and food delivered to our doors, we have lost touch with the natural rhythms and resources that keep us alive. The acquisition and practice of survival skills seeks to redress this imbalance, and it has a name: bushcraft.

“With camping, you’re just existing in an outdoor environment,” Prideaux said, as we set off into the woods in search of edible mushrooms. “Bushcraft is about interacting with it in a meaningful way; knowing where your break points are with the environment.”

Ash Routen » How to keep yourself safe when adventuring outdoors

Ash Routen, The Guardian »

Self-reliance is not about being able to crawl alone to safety with a broken leg like Joe Simpson, the climber of Touching the Void fame. It’s making sure you have the basic skills, equipment and plan to be able to paddle that river, or take on that hike without needing to bump into a friendly soul to ask for directions, or worse, call the cavalry in.

It’s knowing what to do when the weather changes. It’s being able to fix a collapsed tent when a pole snaps. It’s knowing where you are on a map. Being self-reliant means taking ownership of your safety and not assuming there will be someone to bail you out when things take a turn for the worse.

It’s not just farming out your safety to others that can be an issue, but also a reliance on technology. Online guidebooks and apps have caused problems on popular long-distance trails in the United States, with hikers depending on their phones for details on where to eat, sleep, and even walk – according to amusing cases of people walking five feet from the trail because their GPS said that’s where the path is. Less amusing are reports of walkers following Google Maps along potentially fatal terrain in Scotland.

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Video » Is it safe to cycle across Mexico?

In this video Alee lets us in on the precautions he takes when he cycles though dangerous areas.

32-year old Australian Alee Denham has cycled over 120,000km across 100 countries spanning five continents. He has been cycling the Americas since 2017.

Find out more about Alee at his website CyclingAbout.

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