[at-l] Hiker in Snowstorm---

bluetrail at aol.com bluetrail at aol.com
Thu Mar 7 09:17:37 CST 2013

It does sound sketchy, but one of the things that happens with hypothermia is your judgment goes way off.  The person doesn't think clearly.  Maybe it's possible that she was already in the beginning stages of hypothermia?  




-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Looper <nightwalker.at at gmail.com>
To: Leslie Anklebear Booher <lbooher at charter.net>
Cc: cdt-l <cdt-l at backcountry.net>; at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 12:32 am
Subject: Re: [at-l] Hiker in Snowstorm---

I hate to call someone dumb, but that was asking to be Darwinized.
On Mar 7, 2013 12:25 AM, "Leslie Booher" <lbooher at charter.net> wrote:

On tonight's Johnson City, TN, news, they interviewed a female thru-hiker who had spent the night in the snowstorm on Unaka Mountain.  For some reason, she didn't settle down and set up her tent and get in her sleeping bag.  She was hiking alone.  Way in the night, when she fell down in a fetal position on the mountain, she called her mother-in-law, who called for rescue.  They got her down sometime in the morning.  The rescue ATVs bogged down in the snow, and they had to walk her down.  The hospital said that she has signs of beginning hypothermia, but nothing serious.  It's all very odd and sketchy to me.  With cell phone reception being what it is in the mountains around here, it's a miracle she got through to anyone.  
Humankind (be both)


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