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When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby balzaccom » Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:25 pm

It really works!

From the Napa Valley Register:


Two 19-year-old teenagers were rescued Wednesday evening from the Oat Hill Mine Trail near Calistoga with the help of the Napa County Search and Rescue team and a California Highway Patrol plane, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Leroy Anderson said.

A CHP plane was dispatched shortly after the hikers used a cell phone to call for help at 5:47 p.m. after getting lost off the trail, Anderson said.

The plane spotted the hikers at 6:50 p.m. and a Napa County Search and Rescue team, knowing the hikers’ GPS coordinates, hiked into the area, he said.

Search and Rescue volunteers found the man and the woman at about 9:30 p.m. and led them out of the area, he said. The teenagers, whose hometown is unknown, were not injured.


(I like the fact that they were 19 year old teenagers. Whatever happened to editors?)
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby rlown » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:09 pm

Cell towers everywhere there. And this is "beyond the Sierra."
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby austex » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:06 am

Yeah, they even try to cleverly disguise them as "trees" :paranoid:
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby 87TT » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:09 am

Lost on a trail? #-o
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby RooPhillip » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:16 am

balzaccom wrote:(I like the fact that they were 19 year old teenagers. Whatever happened to editors?)

No kidding. I hate repetitive redundancy! :)
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby Scouter9 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:28 am

Sometimes, despite our misgivings, the system "works". Good for them.

Of course, based on where they were lost, I imagine at somepoint, "hide the bong!" came into play. :smirk:
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby TehipiteTom » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:37 am

RooPhillip wrote:
balzaccom wrote:(I like the fact that they were 19 year old teenagers. Whatever happened to editors?)

No kidding. I hate repetitive redundancy! :)

Me too. I also hate when people needlessly say the same thing more than once. ;)
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby balzaccom » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:02 am

87TT wrote:Lost on a trail? #-o


This trail is pretty obscure in places. Lots of use trails around
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby rlown » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:12 am

i'm assuming somewhere here?

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And there's a golf course in the valley.. When is downhill not a good idea ever?
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:33 am

One thing bothers me about this. Darkness hit, they called 911. It is not that severely cold in Napa. I think they could have hunkerd down and then found their way out in morning. I hope they get charged for the rescue.
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby Scouter9 » Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:56 am

Wandering Daisy wrote:... not that severely cold in Napa. I think they could have hunkerd down and then found their way out in morning.


Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my! Ha ha!! It gets scary in the dark.

Yeah, well we don't know their particular circumstances and it's possible all they asked for were directions... Who knows? One thing for sure: if they'd had one of these new-fangled smart phones, they could have used Google Maps to navigate out for free.
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Re: When your cellphone has coverage...

Postby balzaccom » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:13 pm

rlown wrote:i'm assuming somewhere here?

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And there's a golf course in the valley.. When is downhill not a good idea ever?


Actually, that's a great map. Because it doesn't show that the Oat Hill Mine Trail goes northwest and connects with the Palisades Trail...And the area between those two trails is pretty rugged.

I am not saying they shouldn't have got lost, or that they were right in calling for help. But I do know that there are no "trail maps" of this area, and lots of people access it. And there are some wild parts of that country. Aside from the sarcasm, there are certainly mountain lions, and probably bears.

No tigers.

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