[at-l] Hiker found dead near Blood Mountain

Art Cloutman Art at crystalacresnh.com
Wed Sep 1 18:09:07 CDT 2010

>Y'all are far too romantic for me.  I'd rather 
>stay on top of my health, recognize warning 
>signs and get help instead of being a dead 54 
>year old who had to be retrieved by SAR.  I plan 
>on doing plenty of post-54 walking.  Perhaps if 
>you're facing a certain, unpleasant near term 
>demise, walking into a winter storm in the 
>Whites might be the way for some to go.

Exactly what Guy Waterman did.

>   Abbey lingered in a hospital, and his death 
>was neither quick, violent nor economical.
>Take Care,
>--- On Wed, 9/1/10, David Addleton <dfaddleton at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  From: David Addleton <dfaddleton at gmail.com>
>>  Subject: Re: [at-l] Hiker found dead near Blood Mountain
>>  To: "Linda Patton" <lpatton at fsu.edu>
>>  Cc: at-l at backcountry.net
>>  Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 5:35 PM
>>  I doubt he suffered long at all:
>>   "Poles in hand, pack still on his back"
>>  I understand heart attack may be painful; I also understand
>>  the
>>  massive one are unusually short.
>>  Maybe Clyde can tell us about the pain difference between
>>  heart attack
>>  and kidney stones?
>>  On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 1:24 PM, Linda Patton <lpatton at fsu.edu>
>>  wrote:
>>  > The best place to be when it happens.  Hope he didn't
>>  suffer long.
>>  > ~~ eArThworm
>>  >
>>  > From: http://www.ajc.com/news/hiker-found-dead-on-603532.html
>>  >
>>  > Hiker found dead on Appalachian Trail
>>  >
>>  > It appeared James J. Dutton had stopped for a rest.
>>  Poles in hand, pack still on his back, the Illinois man's
>>  lifeless body was discovered by local hikers Monday
>>  afternoon on the Appalachian Trail, just west of Blood
>>  Mountain.  "There doesn't appear to be any signs of foul
>>  play," said Darren Martin, an investigator with the Lumpkin
>>  County Sheriff's Office. The county's coroner believes
>>  Dutton, 54, died of natural causes.  "His family has a
>>  history of heart problems, so a heart attack is likely what
>>  happened," said Ronald Fortner, Lumpkin County Coroner's
>>  Office investigator.  Fortner told the AJC Dutton had been
>>  dead 6 to 8 hours earlier. He was not reported missing.
>>  >
>>  > And from: http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=231872
>>  >
>>  > Hiker found dead on AT in Lumpkin County
>>  >
>>  > DAHLONEGA - Hikers on the Appalachian Trail in Lumpkin
>>  County found a man dead Monday afternoon.
>>  > Investigator Darren Martin with the Lumpkin County
>>  Sheriff's Department said 54-year-old James J. Dutton was
>>  found leaning against a rock on the trail. Martin said it
>>  appears he died from natural causes, although an
>>  investigation continues.  "We are talking to the family and
>>  to other medical personnel that have dealt with him," said
>>  Martin.  Authorities received the call from the AT around
>>  1:30 p.m., and Martin said it took over an hour for
>>  authorities to hike to the area where Dutton's body was
>>  discovered.  Dutton, who is from out of state, apparently
>>  had been hiking from Amicalola Falls to Blood Mountain
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  > Visit my website at http://booksforhikers.com
>>  > "Better to be lost in the woods than in a maze of
>>  cubiclesŠ"
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