Carry your ID

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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    When I hike I make sure that if I bonk I have my emergency ID cards in my pack. Beyond the normal first aid and emergency gear. I believe in making it easier for rescuers to deal with me if I am incapacitated.   So I take my Driver’s License. Easy for quick identification and body part donating if you subscribe. Then my Blue Cross card. Heck, if I’m found on the forest floor and am taken to a hospital this will make admission quicker. My credit card is next. Maybe I’ll be healthy but lost and need to hire a cab for a long ride back. Lastly, I bring a $20 bill n case I should end up at a snack bar and am starving. 


    One more item that I wear all the time is a Medic Alert Bracelet. I got it 12 years ago after a really bad ski accident that blew out my left eye socket. (2 operations and a titanium plate later.) I have my blood type and condition on it. Never know if I’ll slip in the shower or glub too much water swimming. $15 a year for first responder access to my medical records worldwide. Even if I had no issues, I think I’d get one. It’s nice to know that if I wipe out I’m making it easier for medics to help me. Think about getting one. Mine is small and tucks neatly under my Ironman watchband. The call center for them is in good old Turlock, CA.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “It’s summertime and the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the cotton is high. Your daddy’s rich and your mama’s good-looking. Hush, little baby don’t you cry.” – Sam Cooke
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


3 Responses to “Carry your ID”

  1. john Says:

    What are the skiing accident details? Bono into a tree?

  2. mrhalfdome Says:

    Xmas 1997 at Heavenly. Too Crowded. Did a 180 turn, crossed skis and fell onto something. Goggles shattered. Concussion. Wacked eye right on the globe. Medivac plane to San Jose. Blind left eye for 2 days…eye pressure skyrocketed. Trabeculectomy to relieve pressure and plastic surgery to replace the missing socket floor. 2 months off work. Sucks. Vision corrected to 20/50 but slipping due to growing cataract due to trauma. If you ski, wear a helmet – I stopped skiing altogether.

  3. john Says:

    This is why I stopped skiing after my first trip. It would lead to trouble!

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