[at-l] AT hiker versus lost skier... a little education goes a long way...

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Fri Mar 8 12:58:48 CST 2013

Good advice!

Skylander Jack

-----Original Message-----
From: Mara Factor <mfactor at gmail.com>
To: at-l <at-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Fri, Mar 8, 2013 11:34 am
Subject: [at-l] AT hiker versus lost skier... a little education goes a 
long way...

Is it just me or do others get frustrated reading about situations like 
the AT hiker?

Compare the thruhiker who was rescued to this 17-year-old kid who went 
skiing with his father and got separated and lost on Sugarloaf if 
Maine.  He survived two nights with no backpacking gear and walked out 
with a rescuer.  It doesn't appear he suffered from hypothermia or 
frostbite.  He kept his head about him, dug a snow cave which is an 
excellent way to stay warm, found water, and stayed put until he heard 
a snowmobile.  He walked towards the noise, found snowshoe tracks, and 
followed them until he ran into a rescuer.


Folks, you don't have to be a survivalist practitioner, but just 
understanding a little bit about the cold and being outdoors can go a 
long way to surviving a bad situation.  Read a book, take a class, talk 
to experienced people, or even just watch some of those survivalist 
shows (what the kid had done but not really what I would recommend as a 
primary source).  Then, get out there and gain experience with an 
experienced group before going out on your own.

OK.  I'm sorry if this sounded like a rant.  I'm going back to watching 
the snow come down...

Stitches, AT99

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