A couple of years back I went on a mountain trip, alone. I had
walked the same path before as I intended that beautiful morning
in May. I parked my car on the parking lot and put on my gear.
This particular path was one of the more difficult ones, and I
did not meet anyone else out there in the wilderness. After a
two hour walk uphill I arrived at a cave entrance that I had
passed several times in the past, but never had stopped and
This day was different; I stopped, by coincidence, because my
legs were a bit sore from a trip two days earlier, and I stopped
to stretch out. As I was standing there my eyes caught the cave
entrance; and for some reason I decided to take a closer look
into the cave. Before going in I learned that my flashlight was
missing from my backpack; and that should have stopped me from
going in, but I said to my self that I would only go in as far
as the light from the entrance went.
I remember going in;
and the next minute I woke up on my side, in total darkness and
with pain all over my body. I had gotten a big bump on my head
that gave me a pounding headache. Not anything dangerous. I
tried to get up, but a burning pain from my left leg stopped me
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I found out very quickly that my left leg was
totally wet from a continuing bloodstream from a wound on my
thigh. Now I started to get worried. I found a lighter in my
backpack, and I could inspect my wounds more closely. I didn’t
Luckily I always bring a first aid kit with
me. My wife made me. I was able to stop the bleeding by putting
a pressure bandage around my leg. And for the next two days I
survived with the food and water I also carried with me. I can
tell you that a lot goes on in your mind when you are in a
situation like that. Will I be found? Am I to die here? Will I
ever see my family again?
My wife had called the police
when I did not show up at home at expected time. And luckily I
had told here the location where I went. They found my car and
started a search. The next day I heard someone yell into the
cave. Do I need to say I felt an enormous relief? I yelled back
and can not describe the gratitude I felt for being alive in
Apparently I had taken a step into the
darkness and had fallen 20 feet down. The paramedics told me I
had lost a lot of blood, and that without the pressure bandage I
would have bleed to dead.
I can truly say that a first aid kit saved my life that day.
So if you are in doubt getting a first aid kit or not – don’t
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