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Appalachain trail hikers caught in blizzard
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screaminghollow    Posted 02-19-2003 at 12:04:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A co. that runs visionquest type camp for "troubled youth", in the face of what was supposed to be the storm of the centuty, took a dozen of these kids on an overnight camp trip on the Appalachain trail near here. Instead of hauling butt out of the woods when the snow started they decided to stick it out and pitched camp. After the weight of the snow collapsed the tents, they figured they was in trouble and used a cell phone to call for help. A crew of twenty emergency workers had to fight their way to the top of the mountain and back a few miles of trails, in two foot snows and 30 mph wind, to get these folks out. A few of the kids suffered frost bite. I think the ramrod of that outfit ought to be charged with reckless endangerment.

Les...fortunate    Posted 02-19-2003 at 13:46:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
That kind of thing happens all the time here in the mountains of NH. I used to post the news items once in a while but haven't for quite a while; there's just too many of them. Just last week, (remember how bloody cold it was?) a local who should have known better spent two nights in the woods with his dog. They both survived.

Greg VT    Posted 02-19-2003 at 13:54:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Happens a lot in the Green Mts too.

Mostly at the ski areas.

The flatlanders sometimes forget that ya can't get there from here and get off the trails searching for adventure.

Used to do a lot of back country skiing myself.
Always looked at a map first though.

Most areas attempt to bill the lost parties for the rescue expedition.

Rule #1...    Posted 02-19-2003 at 14:19:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
#1. Know Your Fall Line

#2 Stay Out Of Tree Wells

#3 Never Go Alone

Words to live by...

Or forget about and die...


Well that's the thing...    Posted 02-19-2003 at 16:18:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
The folks who get themselves in trouble don't give any thought to what they could be facing until they're facing it.

Everybody should have to experience the feeling of looking up from the deer track to find yourself
"two mountains" from camp with the sun just about set and your positive your compass is lying to you...

Salmoneye    Posted 02-19-2003 at 16:24:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What's a compass?


Jim Adams    Posted 02-19-2003 at 15:17:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
At least they knew where they were. The ones that caused the most trouble in the Colorado High Country were the ones who went alone and didn't tell anyone where they were going. Or, worse yet, said they were going one place and then went somewhere else without letting anyone know. We
spent two months looking for one guy who did that.

Cindi    Posted 02-19-2003 at 13:23:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
sounds like stupid people in the news again.

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