[Cdt-l] out of the hospital

danandgailsc at aol.com danandgailsc at aol.com
Sun Jul 6 18:58:13 CDT 2008

Gutsy is out of the hospital.? We'll be taking Greyhound bus from Missoula to Butte tomorrow and get back on the CDT at Homestake.

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Date: Sat, 05 Jul 2008 20:52:50 -0400
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Subject: [Cdt-l] from Missoula hospital!
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This is turning out to be a real saga.

Our rerouted hike was off to a good start--

Saturday--Budget Inn Express manager shuttled us to Macdonald Pass at noon.? 
Hiked 11+ miles to Telegraph Creek.

Sunday--Walked in snow for the last 2 miles or so.? Stopped at 21.6 in Jim 
Wolfe's book.? Beautiful rock outcropping overlook.? Gail called it the perfect 
place for?tenting.? Light rain overnight.

Monday--Continued to Leadville in snow all the way, and getting deeper and 
higher elevation.? Instead of continuing to 8250' we backtracked .75 mile to 
trail jct. and hiked Rock Creek Trail 227 south to FS road 82.? Took FS 82 west 
to Champion Pass, then camped about a mile south of there.

Tuesday--Hiked south to Four Corners, then did Anaconda cutoff to Warm Springs.? 
With storm brewing and windy conditions, stuck out thumb in Warm Springs and 
immediately got a ride from a nice lady in a large pickup to Anaconda motel near 
Subway, P.O., and library.

Wednesday--Zero day in Anaconda. Hiker and hiker-friendly E.G. Leipheimer, from 
Discovery Buick, took me to the Forest Service office in Butte for more maps.? 
We did the 2-hour Anaconda Tour in the afternoon, then took in a movie in the 

Thursday--Car shuttle from Anaconda to Warms Springs. Hiked Warm Springs via 
Four Corners to Lowland Campground.? Saw 2 large elk and several 
different-looking deer.? Got tent set up at Lowland Cmpgrnd just before a big 
thunderstorm.? Brawny's / Tinman's tent held up like a champ in the wind, rain, 
and hail.

Friday--Lowland Campground to Delmoe Lake drainage.? Because of change in plans, 
we did not have?Jonathan Ley maps or Jim Wolfe's trail guide beyond the I-15 
crossing.? We navigated by Forest Service map and GPS only.? Set up the tent for 
1.5 hours during an afternoon thunderstorm, then continued to Delmoe Lake 
drainage.? Saw a beautiful wolf about 100 yards ahead on the trail.? Set up the 
tent in the woods just west (?) of the drainage, on a high bank above the river.

Saturday--Planned on an early start to get some good miles in before afternoon 
thunderstorms.? 5:30 a.m., going for her early morning hydration, Gutsy grabbed 
the wrong bottle and swallowed a big gulp of Heet (methyl)!? (MISTAKES: 1) Fuel 
bottle was?marked but?was same size and shape as water bottles;?2) fuel bottle 
was with water bottles.)? No cell signal at the campsite. She drank 2 liters of 
water and ate a Clif bar.? Hastily packed everything and started walking to the 
campground entrance up the hill.? Got cell signal near top of hill and called 
911.? Jefferson County sent ambulance and they took us to Butte hospital.? Butte 
hospital treated her with vodka and raised blood alcohol to .1, then?rushed her 
by Life Flight plane to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT because?they 
are?better equipped for this.? They weighed our packs (19.7 lbs. and 23.5 lbs.) 
and asked my weight (145 lbs.)?before deciding we could accompany her on the 
plane.? She has not suffered any bad sympt
 oms, but based on estimated ingestion of 4 oz., "she might not have made it."? 
Symptoms are typically delayed.? She considered choosing hiking over taking 
the?ambulance ride, but at their urging decided to play it safe.

She?is stable and alert, but will?be in the hospital for a few days to get all 
the bad stuff out of her system.? We are so thankful for circumstances and 
people who helped her get quick medical attention--our location, cell phone and 
signal, emergency services, etc.? 
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