Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
Motivated by the loss of her brother in the backcountry of Yosemite in 2005, PACK6 owner Honor Boone hopes to use her new company – PACK6 – to educate the public while offering compact, pre-assembled kits of essential tools for hikers. Just a few days ago, Utah hiker Daniel Samuelsen was found with a broken leg after spending four days in a drainage tunnel. A $3 whistle would have alerted any of the other hikers passing over him. “It still amazes me,” says Boone, “how many people walk off into the wilderness without being prepared.” It’s a mistake that can turn a bad day into a tragedy.
Boone’s brother – Santa Barbara resident Michael Ficery – was hiking alone in the Tiltill Valley region of Yosemite in June 2005 when he failed to return on schedule. In spite of what became the most expensive in the park’s history ($452,000), Ficery’s remains were never found. While most lost or injured hikers are eventually located, thousands of search and rescue incidents play out in wilderness areas around the country every year. Most, says Boone, result from errors in judgment, and many are very preventable. Somewhat surprisingly, the most “at risk” group is males, age 20-29, according to a 15-year study of U.S. National Parks.
Each PACK6 kit will contain a headlamp, compass, knife/multi-tool, fire starter, signal mirror, and whistle, all in a waterproof, roll-top fanny pack. “Many hikers discard their belongings when they get into trouble,” says Boone. “With the kit, a hiker can always strap on what he needs most, even if he has to leave a backpack behind.”
The “ten essentials” of hiking is an idea that originated with the Mountaineers, and continues on today with the Boy Scout pack list, among others. “This is not a survival kit,” says Boone. “These are items that – along with food, water, and extra clothing - every hiker should carry on every hike.” Ten percent of all net sales will go to Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue and the National Association for Search and Rescue.
In anticipation of the company launch, PACK6 begins a “crowdfunding” campaign today on Indiegogo.com. As part of that campaign, Boone will be making herself available for Hug-A-Tree presentations for children’s groups around Southern California. Details can be found at http://www.indiegogo.com/pack6. The "Hiking Essentials Kit" will be available later this year at http://www.pack6.biz.