Disclaimer-Terms of Use-Accessibility


Matt Fields (Author) is the owner and sole authorized representative of Wilderness Survival and Safety (WSAS).


All content, material, images, layout, and design are copyrighted, all rights reserved, Wilderness Survival and Safety (WSAS), subject to United States of America and International laws and conventions.

Terms of Use

Nothing contained within this website may be reproduced without WSAS consent. Images and photographs are property of WSAS. Content is authored entirely by WSAS, unless credited in text to another source.

External websites may link to this website, provided the link is a direct link to this website’s complete page or pages without alteration.


The WSAS website provides a basic overview for beginning hikers, and as such, is focused on trail hiking and safety in relation to outdoor, wilderness, or back country trail travel.

No claim is made that information contained on this website is a substitute for hands-on, classroom, field, or advanced-level training, including (but not limited to) First Aid, CPR, Navigation, and physical fitness.

Advanced outdoor or backcountry disciplines such as (but not limited to) climbing, cross-country travel, and wilderness foraging are beyond the scope of this website, and no claim is made in that regard.

The Author is not responsible for a reader’s fitness to be in the outdoors, including (but not limited to) medical condition, mental condition, and physical condition.

The Author is not responsible for this website content’s application, use, or interpretation by others.

This website’s content is accurate to the best of the Author’s knowledge, at the time of publication. The Author is not responsible for equipment or procedural updates that may subsequently occur without the Author’s knowledge.


This website is operated as a public service, and is a non-profit venture.

No connection to any official U.S. Government, State Government, Law Enforcement, Rescue, EMS, or Volunteer agency exists or is implied.

WSAS is not affiliated with any Chelan County, Washington, agency or organization.

Accessibility Guidelines and Web Standards

Design and development of the Wilderness Survival and Safety website adheres to the following:

  • U.S. Federal Government Section 508 (1194.22) Accessibility Guidelines
  • W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), Priority 2
  • Web Standards Validation as HTML5, per the W3C Markup Validation Service

Accessibility Features:

  • This website’s layout incorporates Responsive Web Design (RWD), which is designed to display and function similarly in a broad range of devices, to include tablets, smartphones, and PCs. It also meets Google’s Mobile Friendly Test as a “Mobile Friendly” website.
  • Main navigation layout consists of non-JavaScript dependent, CSS-styled unordered lists. First, second, and third-level page items are displayed in response to the current visited page. Such menus are ideally-suited to touch-screen browsers used on smartphones, tablets, and devices.
  • Navigation may be accomplished within pages, and from page to page, using the keyboard TAB key for link focus, and the keyboard ENTER key for link activation. This is necessary if one is unable to use a mouse, or using an alternative web browser.
  • All links are responsive to keyboard, mouse, and touch-screen interaction.
  • Navigation and website elements are not color or motion dependent.
  • External links, marked with this icon open in a new window or tab, as well as document and multimedia links. Link titles notify the user that the link opens in a new window or tab.
  • The website display degrades gracefully to linear text if the website’s stylesheet is disabled. Images (other than the Header logo) are not used to display text. Image titles and alternate descriptions are available for text-only web browsers.

We Would Like to Hear From You

Contact WSAS if you have questions about our website’s accessibility, usability, or why a particular accessibility feature is present (or not present, as the case may be).

Additional information about general website accessibility, usability, and standards compliance may be found on the Web Accessibility Initiative website.