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Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby lasvegaswraith » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:20 am

Regardless of which side of the SAR/Hiking Solo debate people take, there always seem to be some headscratching moments in stories like these. Good to hear she's safe, but let it begin.....

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-hiker-rescued-mt-hood-20130401,0,7230749.story
http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/headlines/recovering-hiker-endured-doubt-while-stranded-on-mount-hood/article_d097a22c-669d-5c79-9a0a-ccbff39bba9e.html
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby mfox79 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:51 pm

I'm glad she is safe but I thought one person in the group was required to carry a plb or cell phone? maybe i'm wrong though.
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby bscott » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:00 pm

darwin swings and misses.
Don't try to argue with idiots. You aren't the dumbass whisperer.
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby bananachips » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:21 pm

mfox79 wrote:I'm glad she is safe but I thought one person in the group was required to carry a plb or cell phone? maybe i'm wrong though.


No such requirement, only the standard recommendations. If I recall correctly, the gear checklist on the registration form does allow you to check the box indicating that you have brought along your "common sense". It always made me smile when coming across that essential item.
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby lasvegaswraith » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:23 pm

bananachips wrote:No such requirement, only the standard recommendations. If I recall correctly, the gear checklist on the registration form does allow you to check the box indicating that you have brought along your "common sense". It always made me smile when coming across that essential item.


But what is also startling is how often that essential item isn't packed along with the gear... :wink:
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby sharperblue » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:46 pm

glad she's safe; I think her praise and thanks to her god should be directed to the local SAR team though.
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby Ben Beckerich » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:24 am

Hmmmm...


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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby Ben Beckerich » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:46 am

Wrong side of the mountain? Trees? Lights from a snowpark? Sandy fucking glacier?? Where the mufuck was she and how the mufuck did she get there??
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby lasvegaswraith » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:14 am

I'm not entirely sure how you start at Timberline and end up on the wrong side of the mountain.... but I did see she got going at 1000AM, so she's got the alpine start going for her :roll:
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby monkeykoder » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:21 am

I'm pretty sure when I realized that I couldn't follow my own trail down the mountain I would have figured out where/when to hunker down and wait out the storm. Solo hiking is some of the best but you don't take any risks when there isn't anybody there to back you up.
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby surgent » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:30 pm

As a former SAR grunt, I'm glad she's alive and won't pass judgement on how she got there.

As a private citizen, she comes off as a foolish, stubborn ignoramus. She made bad decision after bad decision and yet still lives.

We'll be hearing from her again.
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Re: Hiker stranded on Mt Hood

Postby Ben Beckerich » Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:17 am

I can almost guarantee she wasn't on the Sandy Glacier. It's a journey involving a shit ton of traversing and at least two significant down climbs to get to, not to mention finding a way up and over the Yokum Ridge. She must be confusion the Sandy with the Zigzag... I might even believe Reid... but not Sandy.
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