There may be instances where you do not require an ambulance or a blood transfusion, but where you are a bit stuck. Possible examples are that you have fallen off and lost your horse. Or that your girth has snapped and you are teetering rather delicately on your horse's back. Or that you are not feeling very well and have run out of lemsip. Or that you have lost your waterproof jacket and the rain is pelting you and you are getting cold and wet, and might not survive the night if things continue.
- Plan A for Adventurist. Here you take the initiative, cast around for any resources which may be called into service, such as locals, a length of rope, er....more locals, your fellow riders, and make good on your own, without any official assistance. This is the stuff that Tales of Adventure are made of.
- Plan B for...Bit defeatist? or Been at it all afternoon? Perhaps you decide that you have wasted quite enough time trying to sort your own mess out and require some assistance from our friendly crews. They will be happy to help but by calling them you agree to take a one-hour time penalty (in addition to any time spent awaiting the crews' arrival on the scene). This is to even things up again between the A planners and the B planners. In the Adventurist annals, we must favour the former.
How to initiate Plan B: press the button labelled HELP on your SPOT tracker. As with the SOS summons, you press and hold the button until the green light shows continuously. DO NOT MOVE! As before, HQ won't know what the specific problem is and will dispatch the NEAREST mobile crew with sat comms to your location. If necessary they will involve other crews when they have arrived and assessed your situation.
The most common Plan B scenario is a lost horse. If this has happened to you, don't despair. Herders catch loose horses all day, every day, and if there are people nearby, you stand a good chance of using sign language and your Mongolian phrasebook, and getting rescued. You may even be able to sneak up on your steed and collar him yourself.
Rules about Plan B - non emergency assistance
1. You cannot get outside assistance of any non-emergency kind without making it official, pressing your HELP button, and taking an hour's penalty. Even if a crew drives past you and you flag them down. Even if you are actually at a horse station, and want a medic to take a look at your saddle sores and maybe dress them for you.
It's not that we don't want to help. It's just that other riders can complain that we are putting some riders at an advantage, where others will take pleasure in managing on their own. You'll all get advice on medical kits to bring, and how to manage your health, and you all know what a gnarly adventure this is. You must prepare to look after yourself day-to-day, and leave the medic crews free to handle catastrophic injuries or illnesses, just as we envisaged.
2. If you are at the horse station and a crew member can note the penalty directly into your rider card, then you do not have to press HELP. Instead, the crew member assigning the penalty will inform HQ. The penalty will be served at the next Penalty Urtuu, as with all other penalties.