when some of the "hikers" on WB get lost, they don't call SAR. they call Tech Support
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From the bit that the article included, I think it was the trail angels that called in the Cavalry, not the hiker. Again, there wasn't enough info to make any sort of judgement, but I'll give her the benefit of a doubt. Either way she's safe, everything else is secondary.
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i would love to know what was said between her and trail angels and when. it might have been as simple as calling late in the day and trying to arrange a ride back to her car and they freaked when she didnt answer as they tried to call her back. this might all be an overreation on their part. thats about the most benefit of doubt i'm willing to give.
I'm 65 and in pretty good condition. I cycle about 5000 miles a year. In August 2009, only 20 miles into a 65 mile ride that I had done many times in the Alabama August heat, I became dehydrated and disoriented. Lucky for me a friend was along as I often ride solo. I was well prepared as always, power bars and plenty of water. What I did not know at the time was that my left renal artery had collapsed. Blood pressure had sky rocketed to 200+ over 110+. If not for my friend being along I would have been in serious trouble and in need of rescue. This could have very easily happened on a hiking trip in which case I surely would have needed rescue if I had been on a solo hike. As an experienced hiker I would have been well prepared but would still have needed help. You need to cut the lady some slack until you have all the facts and just hope that some of you hard cases can still cut the mustard at 73, the ones of you that actually hike that is.
I am not young enough to know everything.
my own conclusion- being off her schedule made her panic slightly and call trail angels (which, fyi, is the name of a business in the whites, some seem to not be aware of that) for help in getting back to her car that night, rather than spending an unplanned night in the woods, and for whatever reason trail angels passed the buck. ive had a similar experience with them. i once asked them for a shuttle and they instead called the local berlin taxi company on my behalf.
and as for the "dehydration"- probably every time ive been hiking in hot weather if someone had sent rescue personell looking for me and they found me they probably would claim i was dehydrated.
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The woman was dehydrated from extremely hot weather in a very tough section of the white mountains and she was 73.
[QUOTE=kayak karl;1302761]when some of the "hikers" on WB get lost, they don't call SAR. they call Tech Support[/
Karl, always with that sage advice.