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Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby AlmostThere » Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:16 pm

texan wrote:
oldranger wrote:One of the times a spot locator or similar device would have been helpful.

Mike


You are right old ranger he should have had a spot locator. I could have used a long time when I hurt my knee hking alone but they weren't available then. I hurt my knee so bad I could hardly walk. but luckily I made it out barely.

Texan


I prefer a PLB.

And electronics are no substitute for leaving an itinerary with someone. They fail, they fall into boulders, they may even look like they are working and not work.



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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby maverick » Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:05 pm

AT wrote:
And electronics are no substitute for leaving an itinerary with someone. They fail, they
fall into boulders, they may even look like they are working and not work.

Exactly, which is why everyone should consider using the ReConn Form or at least leave
an itinerary at home as a back-up.
All these electronic devices are antenna based, and require a line of site to one of their
satellites, if your injured in a narrow canyon or heavily wooded area you may have a
problem, if you cannot reach the device because you have injured your back or leg and
your pack is on a ledge 20 yards beneath you, or if you have suffered a heart attack or
stroke, then none of these devices will be able to help you contact SAR unfortunately
because all of them need you to have the ability to activate them.
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby rlown » Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:41 pm

we probably don't need to debate this again on this thread.

Glad he was found. A compound fracture must not be fun.
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby FeetFirst » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:59 pm

I'm glad this one turned out positive. I hope he keeps the leg. Sounds like a man that has a lot to offer.

Hint: don't read the comments by Tom in the linked Fresno Bee article.
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby Jimr » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:43 am

I read that jackwad's comments over the weekend. The same type of comments were posted by some jackwad when my story was reported. I wrote a whole counter-response aimed at him, but I don't have a facebook account and was not about to make one just to reply to idiocy.
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby rpb » Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:34 pm

Glad to see him safe. I did a 5 day trip up in the Sierra's recently and I could only imagine what was going through his head for 6 long days. MSNBC has a small story on him if anyone is interested.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/res ... ys-n157481
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby intrek38 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:28 pm

Just read this,, Great News!!!!
Another great reason to carry a PLB...
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Re: Missing Hiker--Have you seen this person

Postby Jimr » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:45 pm

I spoke with a buddy of mine yesterday. He was at Wanda Lake when the Helicopter came in to Davis. They hiked up to the high spot between the lakes and watched the whole thing. I gave him an update on the incident.
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