[pct-l] Pct-L Digest, Vol 83, Issue 2
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Re: ....you may want to consider (Andrea Dinsmore)
Being helped or rescued, participating in a rescue, or watching one in
progress, as you know, is an experience that cannot be forgotten. Along my
PCT trek (1999-2004) I was involved with several rescues. Something can be
learned from such accounts.
The first occurred in the Sierra (north of Mount Alancha and south of Gomez
Canyon). Upon finding a hiker was dizzy and could not maintain balance,
two hikers went north and down Mulky Pass in Horseshoe Meadows to seek help.
Another climbed up a ridge overlooking Owens Valley where might arrange a
rescue operation. Another stayed with the stricken hiker. I was behind
the group about five miles, unaware of what was going on. As I rounded the
shoulder of Mt. Alancha, I heard what sounded like a helicopter climbing
out. After lunch at Gomez Canyon I headed northbound. Cruising up the
rather steep trail, panting, are the two hikers that went northbound out of
their way to seek help. They tell me he was picked up already by helicopter.
He had some kind of ear infection, perhaps cause by insect bite and after
getting it treated he soon got back on the trail.
The second one was at the USFS CG north of Old Station. A woman car
camper, out with her family, was panicked; she lost her son. I just went off
looking. I headed for a local stream, soon found him and led him back to a
very relieved mom.
The third occurred well into Section O. I passed a hard working trail
crew flattening out the trail tread on a steep slope. About a mile later, I
see a back packer laying in the shade of tree with the dry heaves. I head
back to the work crew. One of them with a radio follows me back. After a
call, the trail leader explains help will soon arrive and advises me to
continue my trek northbound. A few days later I see this same hiker being
followed and supplied by a van.
The fourth incident occurred at dusk when I cruised onto Scotts Pass at the
summit of Hwy 3 (half way from I5 to Seid Valley). A man, not attired
well for cool weather, was standing by the only vehicle at the trail head.
He tells me his wife had left for a hike with their dog and not returned.
He explained she was lightly dressed. At that moment, a Sheriff’s Deputy
appears. He tells that a search is being planned. He and I catch her
footprints and follow them, calling out along the way. The foot prints reveals
she walked off somewhat easterly off the path with leaving a trace at night
in the duff. Finding no other clues we head back. I spend the night at
the trailhead as more searchers arrive. I hear good news that she was found
in the early morning with her dog, who kept her warm. And she did have a
1. PLBs........you may want to consider. (Andrea Dinsmore)
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Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:25:33 -0800
From: Andrea Dinsmore <andrea at dinsmoreshikerhaven.com>
Subject: [pct-l] PLBs........you may want to consider.
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Please read this article in the Herald newspaper from our area. These are
the crew that go out and rescue hurt or missing hikers. Also, watch the on
scene video of the rescue.
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