Grateful to be alive

Consider the importance of resilience by looking at the example of a solo hike that went wrong.

A woman hikes alone in the desert
11 - 16
Lesson plan
PSHE, Tutor time
Disasters and emergencies, Newsthink

When hiker Claire Nelson went on a solo hike in the desert, she fell and broke her pelvis. She managed to stay alive for four days before being rescued.

This discussion activity looks at what she might have learned from this experience, the importance of resilience and preparation, and how learners can apply this to activities that carry a risk in their own lives.

Resource overview

1. Discussion: “I nearly died this week”

Learners look at the Twitter posts telling the story and discuss how she managed to survive, what she might have learned, and what she might do differently in future.

2. Discussion: Building resilience

Learners consider any activities they do that might carry a risk and think about the importance of resilience and ways of preparing in order to avoid emergencies.


This resource was written by P J White of Alt62 and published in June 2018.

Image of a woman hiking alone in the desert © Dave Parsons/iStock.