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#8689 - 10/26/10 07:42 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Steve C]
Harvey Lankford Offline


Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 989
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
Originally Posted By: Steve C
Don Bowie's helmet cam video of the helicopter rescue...

Steve, thanks. Did I really hear the first rescued guy say, " Can you put that camera away?" Ingrate.
see video at 3' 22"


Edited by Harvey Lankford (10/26/10 07:44 PM)

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#8692 - 10/26/10 07:55 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Harvey Lankford]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Actually Harvey, I think is was Don who asked the rescuee to put his camera away. That section grabbed my attention as well, and I watched it several times to clarify; the rescuee has a camera in his right hand and is switching it to his left (with the trekking poles) as Don approaches him. It's small and red, with a wrist-strap.


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#8694 - 10/26/10 08:13 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Bulldog34]
Bee Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1261
Loc: Northern California
You are correct, Bulldog; Don asked the rescuee to put his camera away.
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#8701 - 10/26/10 11:03 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Bee]
tdtz Offline


Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 511
Loc: CA
"You are correct, Bulldog; Don asked the rescuee to put his camera away."

If I was the rescuer dood, I would be thinking something along the lines of "Does this guy not understand the seriousness of the situation? We had to fly a big ole chinook up here to save their dumb asses, not to mention the ground rescue teams who risked their lives to save them and they can't put their camera down long enough to make the extraction quick and safe?"

I saw it as a total lack of respect.

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#8702 - 10/26/10 11:25 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: tdtz]
BenAv8r Offline


Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 2
Loc: California
Whitney SAR 21-22OCT2010

Pics from the cockpit on 21-22OCT10.

Going to make this a hat-trick and call us again next October? See ya then.

Don said I could keep my camera out wink

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#8703 - 10/26/10 11:28 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Bee]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7233
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: Bee
You are correct, Bulldog; Don asked the rescuee to put his camera away.

And the video taken by that camera below. At least he was a bit humbled by the rescuers' presence.


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#8704 - 10/26/10 11:50 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: BenAv8r]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7233
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: BenAv8r
Whitney SAR 21-22OCT2010

Pics from the cockpit on 21-22OCT10.

Going to make this a hat-trick and call us again next October? See ya then.

Don said I could keep my camera out wink

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THANKS!!! Ben! There are some spectacular pictures in that album.

Did you drop/pick up a rescue crew on the west side of Whitney, in that meadow? (Picture #48)

This picture (#36) is such a great view of the Whitney from the east.

(full-size view)

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#8705 - 10/26/10 11:51 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Steve C]
Ken Offline


Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 742
Loc: Los Angeles
I think the issue is not with the camera, per se, but rather, with having a loose "thing" as one approaches a helicopter with blades turning. If a person has not been near one, the wind is unbelievable. On an unstable surface, it would be easy to fall, and to lose the camera, which could end up in the air, and in an engine, disabling the copter.

When I've been involved in air operations, they are careful to orient us to not have loose "things" on our bodies.

On the other hand, it could have to do with stopping the fun filming, and getting into gear and onto the helicoptor. At a thousand dollars a minute or more, 20 seconds of filming is pretty expensive.

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#8706 - 10/27/10 12:19 AM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Steve C]
BenAv8r Offline


Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 2
Loc: California
Steve C-

Yeah the only fun we got to have on Friday was picking up the SK NPS team from the westside, and bring them back to Lone Pine.

I swear next time I land on top I'm going to sign the book. Too bad the weather was enigmatic on Thursday, I was pretty apprehensive and wanted to get off the top ASAP.

Now back to work in the central valley, wa wa waaaaaahhhhhh.

BB


Edited by BenAv8r (10/27/10 12:28 AM)

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#8709 - 10/27/10 05:36 AM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Ken]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
That makes a lot of sense Ken. I've flown in a Blackhawk and a Chinook in recent years, and the rotor wash is pretty incredible at just a grounded idle. Each time we were cautioned about firmly securing loose items before nearing the aircraft - especially items we might not consider "loose", like hats, sunglasses and cameras.

I'm really enjoying all this video and photo documentation of the operation. Great insight - and just fascinating to watch.

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#8710 - 10/27/10 07:34 AM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Bulldog34]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 804
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
FOD...

Foreign object damage...

FOD walks on the flight deck...

Pricelesss...


Have fun...
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#8712 - 10/27/10 08:32 AM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Bulldog34]
DUG Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 367
Loc: Wildomar
I used to be a LSE (Landing Signalman Enlisted) on an Amphib Transport Dock (LPD) and the is no rotor wash like the H-53E. Almost sent me over the side a few times. The Chinook is a bad mofo though. Saw an old family friend on a Discovery Channel show once use one to move a bridge in Iowa. Army Reserve must be a fun gig........................................DUG


Edited by DUG (10/27/10 08:35 AM)

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#8714 - 10/27/10 08:56 AM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: Ken]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
Ken's "loose thing" near a helicopter sounds very on point, esp. when combined with the same resucer's request to the other rescuee to point his hiking poles down. It sounded to me like he was preparing them for boarding the helicopter rather than a reprimand.

CaT
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#8716 - 10/27/10 09:32 AM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: + @ti2d]
George Offline
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Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 202
Loc: California
That's an outstanding video. Great editing and really nice you id'd all the crew. I sent it to all the SEKI people who were involved.

There was some discussion when ordering it whether a Chinook could land there. I guess so... .

Thanks,

g.
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#8727 - 10/27/10 04:36 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: George]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Incredible video and great shots from the chinook. Steve you are right that is a fantastic shot from the eastside.

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#8765 - 10/28/10 08:11 PM Re: Hikers FOUND!!! -- SAR on Whitney [Re: George]
Mike Condron Offline


Registered: 11/05/09
Posts: 215
Loc: Now Manteca, CA
Ask Charlie Hench:

http://www.rd.com/your-america-inspiring-people-and-stories/lost-in-the-mountains/article96247.html

Published in RD. Interesting read about testosterone poisoning.

This caught my eye last night when I woke up to his story playing on "I Shouldn't Be Alive" airing on the Animal Planet.

Look at the bottom of page four.


Edited by Mike Condron (10/28/10 08:12 PM)
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