[pct-l] Pct-L Digest, Vol 83, Issue 2

Andrea Dinsmore andrea at dinsmoreshikerhaven.com
Tue Nov 4 02:49:23 CST 2014

The rescues up here in the North Cascades usually involve injury or being
lost and running out of food. We have a few each season. Happens in all
types of weather. I deal with the Snohomish County SAR and their HRT
helicopter team. They are the ones who go out and rescue those in need in
this area.  In their opinion the best bet to be found in a short amount of
time if an emergency or accident happens is to carry a PLB of some kind.
Anything to help the search in 100' dense forests is to the hikers


On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM, <Halmargolis at aol.com> wrote:

>  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 sweater.
>     1. PLBs........you may want to consider. (Andrea Dinsmore)
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> 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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