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Hiker on AT lost for 26 days before dying
#46442 05/26/16 01:34 PM
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Lost for what appears 26 days and found 2 miles off trail.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/...ys-before-dying

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Fishmonger #46453 05/27/16 05:23 PM
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Truly sad story. Much discussed in other fora. Story is worth reading in detail. Many lessons.


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Fishmonger #46466 05/29/16 05:41 AM
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I've not hiked any of the northern AT, but if it's anything like the southern sections venturing too far off trail can get you in trouble quickly. It's not called the Green Tunnel for nothing. I've often said that, at least in the Blue Ridge, Bozo the Clown could be 100 yards off trail, holding a neon sign while riding a pink elephant, and would be unseen by hikers on the trail. Even with strong map and compass skills, you have to be able to see a landmark or reference point to obtain an accurate bearing, and that is much easier said than done in these forests.

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Fishmonger #46467 05/29/16 08:19 AM
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That was a terribly depressing read. Poor lady, and her husband.

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Bulldog34 #46474 05/29/16 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted By: Bulldog34
I've not hiked any of the northern AT, but if it's anything like the southern sections venturing too far off trail can get you in trouble quickly. It's not called the Green Tunnel for nothing. I've often said that, at least in the Blue Ridge, Bozo the Clown could be 100 yards off trail, holding a neon sign while riding a pink elephant, and would be unseen by hikers on the trail. Even with strong map and compass skills, you have to be able to see a landmark or reference point to obtain an accurate bearing, and that is much easier said than done in these forests.


Or you would have to know which side of the trail you are on.

Actually, the poor lady was very near a 3000 + peak with a 900 foot prominence. And she wrote that she was somewhere north of Woods Road. She had all her gear with her, including a whistle on her shoulder. Something very wrong going on here. One of many ironies is that she was on a Navy SERE training site, and managed to survive for a month and evade for 2 years.


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saltydog #46513 05/31/16 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted By: saltydog
Originally Posted By: Bulldog34
I've not hiked any of the northern AT, but if it's anything like the southern sections venturing too far off trail can get you in trouble quickly. It's not called the Green Tunnel for nothing. I've often said that, at least in the Blue Ridge, Bozo the Clown could be 100 yards off trail, holding a neon sign while riding a pink elephant, and would be unseen by hikers on the trail. Even with strong map and compass skills, you have to be able to see a landmark or reference point to obtain an accurate bearing, and that is much easier said than done in these forests.


Or you would have to know which side of the trail you are on.

Actually, the poor lady was very near a 3000 + peak with a 900 foot prominence. And she wrote that she was somewhere north of Woods Road. She had all her gear with her, including a whistle on her shoulder. Something very wrong going on here. One of many ironies is that she was on a Navy SERE training site, and managed to survive for a month and evade for 2 years.


Yup, something is amiss.

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rusty #46515 05/31/16 07:03 PM
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agree with you guys

maybe we are speculating on the syndrome of "the old Eskimo who went out on an ice floe"

In hiking lore, the end of Guy Waterman comes to mind.


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