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NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby maverick » Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:48 pm

Which activity accounts for the highest % of rescues in all the NP?

A. Motorized boating

B. Overnight hiking

C. Rock climbing

D. Swimming

E. Mountainerring

F. Day hiking

G. Other

Which activity is the most expensive rescue on average in Yosmite National Park?

A. Climbing

B. Skiing

C. Day Hiking

D. Overnight Hiking

E. Mountaineering

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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby rlown » Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:49 pm

I'd guess Day Hiking for your first question. Inexperience breeds calls for help.

For the second question, you must distinguish between climbing vs. mountaineering. Anything with a helicopter will be expensive. I'd lean towards climbing.
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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby Rockchucker » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:22 pm

Day hiking for both.
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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby markskor » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:28 pm

Agree with above -Day hikers for #1

As for the most expensive (#2)...looking for lost hikers. Thus probably would be day hikers again, with overnight backpackers coming in second.
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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:25 pm

I'll take D on each.
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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby LMBSGV » Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:26 am

F. and E. I assume that one of those El Capitan rescues with the helicopter crew is rather costly.
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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:53 am

I'd have to say F and E.
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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby maverick » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:03 pm

Nope. (One guess per person).
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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby oldranger » Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:06 pm

D

E

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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby maverick » Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:55 pm

F
D
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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby rlown » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:39 pm

would be nice to reveal your source(s) for the answers. I know the Henry 1 here on the coast (Sheriff Helo) runs at ~3k/hr. Still would like to know the difference you make between Mountaineering/Climbing and now overnight hiking.

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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Postby AfterSeven » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:02 am

My instinct was F & Cs...but F & D make perfect sense too. Here's the Yosemite Stats on Rescue Type by hiker/climber/other etc....rescue costs not included. http://is.gd/8omhPF or here http://is.gd/alSg8p (Search by Year).

As I read this, I recalled a YOSAR missing hiker/peakbagger effort that took 100 rescuers, 4 choppers, 6 dog teams and 18 Agencies over a period of 4 days. http://is.gd/4Lqc4s or http://is.gd/EOsQZI or http://is.gd/oiySqg 3 versions of the same search.

With missing hikers, all of your resources go into finding a small needle in a large haystack sometimes for days on end, in a rock climbing accident, you almost always know where needle is, you just need an experienced rescue team, and (rarely) a heli, for a few hours to extract the needle.

Lastly, I also recall that the rescuee was trying to commit suicide in a small stream at the time of his discovery because he had apparently come to realize he was doomed to lose both legs to gangrene, which he did.

This event always reminds me that soloing, even on moderate terrain, can have serious life altering/ending consequences, and...
That its always a series of little mistakes...
    hiking alone...
    climbing at dusk....
    going off route...
    going up something unroped that you are not talented enough to downclimb...
that lead to an epic misfortune. A sad and true tale of a real person, on a real adventure, doing things that many here have done before without hesitation, and that some continue to do. Including me.
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