Outside Magazine has a very good online article on SAR. Here are the eight blunders on getting lost:
1. Fail to pay attention
2. Leave behind the Ten Essentials
3. Don't learn how to read a map and compass
5. Succumb to summit fever
6. Enter a cave without the right equipment
7. Don't tell a responsible person where you're going
8. Move too quickly
Here's the comment on summit fever:
"This is actually a cultural problem," says Daryl Miller, lead climbing ranger at Denali National Park. "The first question everyone, climbers and non-climbers alike, asks after a trip is, 'Did you summit?' Not, 'Did you enjoy the journey?' Weather and other hazards aren't the real problem, they only compound problems that begin with bad decisions that start with pushing for the top."
http://outside.away.com/outside/adventu ... ters_9.adp
In the Outside SAR profile is a wonderful article on dogs:
There are more than 2,000 trained SAR dogs in North America, and they often prove invaluable during desperate, time-limited searches. At Fernie, despite ten rescuers frantically thrusting eight-foot probes into the debris pile, they'd turned up nothing by the time Keno arrived 18 minutes later. The dog immediately bolted 30 feet below the probe line and emerged with a leather glove in his teeth. "He's trained to dig like crazy when he finds a person," says Siggers.
http://outside.away.com/outside/adventu ... ters_5.adp