PCT Hiker Rescue in Washington - Excellent News Article

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PCT Hiker Rescue in Washington - Excellent News Article

Post by rightstar76 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:24 pm

With all the threads we've been having on thru-hiking and social media I think this article is very relevant:

'I wasn't sure I'd make it': Pacific Crest Trail hiker tells story of her rescue
https://www.seattlepi.com/seattlenews/a ... 351896.php
Groene said she was inspired to hike the Pacific Crest Trail by the movie, "Wild," based on the book by Cheryl Strayed about a woman hiking the trail alone. She also did it for weight loss - which she said she achieved - and to restore her faith in humanity.
Yikes. Very lucky.








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Post by Wandering Daisy » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:22 pm

I am surprised she did not have an In-reach. Most PCT hikers do. My personal opinion is that most thru-hikers are ill prepared for bad weather. Particularly when they are near the end; they have made it so far that they become a bit over-confident and think they can tough out anything. I started hiking in the Washington Cascades. People who do not know the area tend to underestimate its difficulties because of the lower altitude than either the Sierra or the Rockies. Good thing the lady who dropped her off acted on her hunch; she truly was a Trail Angel.

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Post by The Other Tom » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:20 am

That's quite a story. And thankfully has a happy ending. It really shows there are some good people out there.

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Post by rightstar76 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:27 pm

Absolutely. If someone hadn't cared, she wouldn't have made it. This is an example of how important it is to let people know where you are. Also, the right people who will follow up if they think something is wrong. It also helps to have a PLB or Spot device. But I don't think too many PCT hikers have one because of weight issues.

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