Sharing An Outdoor Gear You Might Need When Trapped in Mountain

Life never goes smoothly with unexpected ups and downs, especially for inexperienced mountain climbers. When climbing mountains, you never know what’s waiting ahead — the splendid scenery of nature or the unconquerable dangers, such as impassable cliffs, avalanches, blizzards, landslides, and unprepared encounters with wildlife. The last mishap experience in the mountain had taught me that before embarking on a natural quest, it’s better to spend extra time preparing the right gears. And it also made me realize how useful my rugged phone, Blackview BV6600 Pro.

Not long ago, my friend drove me to her hometown, a backcountry with fewer civilizations. We stayed there for half a month to keep us away from the fast-paced city life and breathe the calmness. One day after lunch, my friend hit upon the idea that we could go on a hike at a nearby mountain to walk through nature closely. We packed some sandwiches, snacks, and several bottles of water, which proved to be wise afterward. However, we couldn’t foresee that we would experience an unplanned sleepover outdoors. At about 12:40 pm, selecting a mountain that was 30 mins of walking away as our hiking spot, we set off with a dog after charging our smartphones fully, and 40mins later, we arrived at the foot of the mountain. Warm sunlight, blowing breeze, and natural wildness enraptured us to take photos with my BV6600 Pro. 8MP front and 16MP rear cameras captured stunning portraits and sceneries. At 3:20 pm, we went uphill to explore more, which was not in our plan. As the mountain was neither tall nor steep, the climb seemed well within our abilities.

At first, we walked briskly, talking and laughing loudly. As time went by, walking up the rugged trails became difficult. We had to get through low-hanging branches or stony roads. With no sunlight shining through thick canopies, some lands were wet and slippery with moss, and our muddy boots gave poor grips, so it was inevitable we fell at times, mucking up and tearing our clothes and backpacks. More unfortunately for smartphones, they tumbled around, dropped heavily against the rocks, and even plunged into puddles, resulting in severe display scratches and even malfunctions to my friend’s phone. However, my BV6600 Pro, built rugged and waterproof with a military-grade structure from the inside out, was fine.

At 5:30 pm, we reached the hillside, with the mountain getting dark and foggy. Dragging the heavy paces, we wanted to climb a bit upward and capture the spectacular sunset on the mountain. Again the misfortune befell. Missing the steps on a stone, my friend rolled down from the slope, spraining her hands and ankle and destroying her smartphone. Stay in a mountain with injuries could be very dangerous, so we returned. It was 6:10 pm then. My friend’s smartphone cannot work anymore, but mine still worked with 81% of the power left. While worrying that we couldn’t go downhill before it got completely dark, the pitch darkness and fog covered the mountain faster than expected, blurring the path ahead. Packing no electric torch, I opened the smartphone flashlight to light up the way and supported my friend to walk arduously.

I thought that we would recall the walking ways but failed. The trees and trails looked so similar in the foggy dark that we couldn’t recognize the route. With no signals and poor mobile navigation, we just aimlessly walked. 15 mins later, I realized we had gotten stranded in the wilderness. It was 7:25 pm, and we had no energy to move on. Finding a shelter to spend the night would be a better choice. Without much wilderness survival knowledge, my friend advised me to turn on the FLIR® thermal imaging camera on my BV6600 Pro to find a leeward side of the brushes and thickets nearby with relatively higher temperatures, which was easier than searching for a cave.

To make things worse, hours of trudging couldn’t tire our dog, and he ran into the darkness. Shouting him back and in vain, we had no idea but to follow the direction where he disappeared. Compared with opening the flashlight, thermal imaging helped more by penetrating the fog and darkness, detecting heat sources even behind obstacles, and providing more distance visibility. We walked more carefully than ever to avoid another injury while searching for the naughty guy with the camera. 20 mins later (at 8:11 pm), we heard the barking sound and finally found him. Thanks very much for the thermal camera, without which we may lose our best friend.

Extremely exhausted, we sat on the ground. It was getting cold as the night fell, but fortunately, we had clothes, food, and water to avoid hypothermia or dehydration. Surroundings became quiet, magnifying the sound of rustle in the undergrowth, birds’ chirping, or squeaking of small animals. Everything to appreciate by daylight panicked and scared us at night. Our dog barked sometimes, with his eyes looking out into the distance. We couldn’t resist imagining that some things far away were eyeing us. I reopened the thermal camera to check whether dangers, such as wildlife, were approaching without our knowledge with the darkness as a cover to remain undetected.

I kept looking around and found nothing, which gave us a sense of security, especially when there were no lighter to ignite bonfires or protection tools to fight. It would be almost the end of the world if running across the foraging beasts. Then we took turns to nap a while, replenish ourselves with a few mouthfuls of food and water, and observe the surroundings with the thermal imaging camera. I was grateful that the BV6600 Pro had an 8580mAh battery supporting super long service life as hours of use consumed only 30% battery, powerful enough to last for two days.

Seconds after seconds, in the eager waiting, the first beam of morning glow finally came upon us at 5:48 am. Hurts, tiredness, and over 8 hours of anxiety caused my friend to feel awfully sick and got a slight fever checked by the thermal camera and required treatment before getting worse. With 60% of phone power and little food left, I had to find signals and call for help before it ran out of electricity and food. As the fog began to disperse, I moved uphill alone, and my friend and the dog stayed put. I tried to mark down the route with leaves, branches, and stones and took some photos to help navigate me back. The more we went up, the sparser the trees, conducive to leaving marks and orientating.

Two hours later (at 8:44 am), reaching closer to the summit, the signals worked, so I quickly called for help, and the outdoor search and rescue team took us out of the mountain successfully by noon and transported us to the hospital. It wasn’t a real life-threatening wilderness survival experience but impressive enough to remind us of getting well prepared for each trip instead of adventuring impulsively. If we had insufficient food, no thermal imaging function, less battery power to support long-time use, or my BV6600 Pro rugged phone broke, it would be another story — a frightening journey of seeking survival.

Now Blackview BV6600 Pro has become one of my requisite travel partners. The tried-and-tested ruggedness, 8580mAh gigantic battery, and leading-edge thermal imaging technology come in handy for any outdoor adventure.

Statement: The opinions expressed in the article are those of the guest posts’ author and not the opinion of eurorugged.com. Not represent Eurorugged’s official stance.

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