Being safe in mono county

The vast majority of wilderness travelers in Mono County will not experience emergencies. But it’s also safe to say that everyone who does end up in an emergency didn’t plan on it happening. There are some basic steps you can take to increase your safety when enjoying Mono County.

This is not an exhaustive list and does not make up for a lack of skill or experience.

  • Tell someone where you’re going, any particular things on your must-do list (peaks, valleys, climbs, etc), and when you plan on being out.

  • Carry a satellite communication device (such as the Garmin InReach). You will frequently be outside of cellular data coverage. Your ability to declare an emergency, ask for help, and provide information can be critical. Also, enable tracking and ensure the person you told of your trip has access to your tracking map.

  • If you’re traveling with others, talk to them about any medical conditions you have and medications you take. Or, write that down and put it in your pack if that’s more comfortable for you. If you’re unresponsive it can be very helpful to know this information.

  • Contact the ranger station in advance of your trip and ask for updates on snow coverage, trail closures, and general information.

  • Consider taking a selfie, or otherwise photographing what you plan on wearing, and sending that to the person you told of your trip. If you’re lost, this can help searchers know what to look for.