A magical force has taken control of the Coquitlam Search and Rescue social media feeds for the holidays!
It appears that Prusik, An “Elf on the Shelf” has been posting every night, but instead of watching little girls and boys to make sure they are good, this elf has been posting about backcountry safety!
Try as we might, we haven’t been able to figure out how the elf is doing this – perhaps this elf lives in the home of one of our volunteers who let’s their computer logged in each night?
Prusik has been working through the 10 Essentials, and we’re very curious about what he or she is going to post next – will the posts continue posting Christmas? What is the elf going to write about next? Follow along with us and we’ll see!
All elves should know what to do if they find themselves lost in the woods. Does your little elf know how to hug-a-tree? #SARelf
Every elf knows it gets dark early in December. When the sun goes down on your adventure a flashlight can mean the difference between following the trail or getting lost. Carry a flashlight + spare batteries every time you go outside, even on a “day hike.” It’s one of the #10essentials. #SARelf
If an elf gets stranded or injured, they know an emergency shelter can be critical. An foil blanket or heavy duty garbage bag can help keep an elf insulated and dry. #SARelf #10essentials
Prusik loves his GPS and even uses his smartphone map around town, but an elf always carries a map & compass as a battery free backup. Learning how to read a map is an important skill that has kept many an elf from getting lost. #SARelf #10essentials
Nothing can warm an elf up faster than a fire. Elves always carry fire starter every time they go into the woods. Fire provides heat and comfort, plus it can help rescuers find them if they are lost. #SARelf #10essentials
Elves can subsist on hot chocolate and candy canes. But you should carry extra food and water. #SARelf #10essentials
As part of their mandatory polar survival training, elves regularly re-certify in first aid. By carrying a first aid kit and knowing how to use it, an elf is well prepared if an injury does occur.
Elves always carry signal devices appropriate for their recreational activity. Elf lungs aren’t very loud, so a whistle can attract attention of rescuers from a much further distance in the forest. #SARelf #10essentials
Even when it’s warm, an elf always carries a jacket. If the weather turns, if they become injured or find themselves benighted and elf is always happy to find an extra jacket, toque and mitts in their pack. #SARelf #10essentials
Once an elf is old enough to use one safely, an elf always carries a knife. It has 1 million +1 uses! #SARelf #10essentials
Elves never underestimate the effect of the sun in the mountains. They carry a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses every trip. Especially when they are on the snow or on the water! #SARelf #10essentials
Even though they are always prepared by carrying the #10essentials, elves know the ability to call for help can save a life in the wilderness. Carry a cellphone, radio, or satellite communicator. Know your device limitations and conserve your batteries. Most importantly, if you need help call early! #SARelf
Elves are experts at winter mountain travel. Before you head out this winter, make sure you possess avalanche travel skills, check the avalanche forecast & carry avalanche companion rescue equipment. #SARelf