what if it happened in this order. 1:30 fell broke hip, crawled and called 911, went to setup tent and lost it (wouldn't be hard, not like he could jump up and chase it), crawled in bag and waited.
IF he did not break hip would of he been able to make it out or was he doomed to be rescued anyway?
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Hmm, please note that date on my orignal post http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/show...-Mt-Washington.
In the morning in Gorham (about 30 miles NE) the sun was shining, there was a light breeze and there were only high clouds coming in from the west. It wasnt until late morning when the winds picked up and the summits started clouding in. THe articels dont say whihc way he was goin but I expect eh was doign a Pemi Loop Counter clockwise. My guess is he planned on staying at Liberty Springs that night and then out via Osseo the next day but he also could be heading to Liberty for the evening and then down tthe AT to I93. If he was walking CCW, he probably started at Garfield and was in good weather until he dropped into the woods. Heading up the ridge trail from Garfield he would have been sheltered from the strong SW winds by Lafayette. Once on Lafayette he would have been staring into the wind and would have been raining. Its real easy to not think clearly in those conditions. His choice would be head directly into the wind down Lafayette via Old Bridal Path to Greenleaf hut or keep heading down the ridge to Liberty. Since his plan might have been Liberty Springs, he may have elected to hike the ridge as once he was at Haystack he was in the woods.
As usual, these stories never give enough detail to know the how and why.
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If anyone is interested, here is a link to the first part of my daughter's thru hike in '09 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVDEy2GWfqg At the 7 min mark there is a video of Franconia Ridge weather which was pretty tough, it was taken on July 4th!
The articles don't exactly say Sobo or Nobo, but this lends itself to a very serious question :
If he passed up an opportunity to seek refuge at Greenleaf hut wouldn't that suffice to say be considered reckless endangerment ?
I hope not but just saying...
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Speculation is a bit ridiculous without necessary information. This happens with climbing accidents all the time and the reporting is even worse. You can't accuse the guy of being reckless, naive, clueless etc without knowing the details of how things went. All we know is that he was hiking, got hurt, got stuck in bad weather and needed a rescue. Wish the guy good luck on his extensive recovery and hope you never end up in the same situation.
Trust me.. having read dozens of climbing accident reports the last 12 years i've been climbing, unless someone involved steps up with info there is not much you can do to figure out what went on. since this guy was alone it makes it even less likely info will come out unless it's published in ANAM
What a rescue, Kudo's to all that helped out.
I used to serve on a SAR team, this would have been a tough one. New Hampshire, 80 MPH, heavy rain.............not sure what the guy weighed but this was a GREAT WIN!
Cool, well maybe we'll hear more about this one eventually then.
alright the jurys back in, grab some popcorn!
unbeleivable job by the rescuers. thanks jake for posting the story.
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This is a good warning not just about mountain weather, but about the powerful impulse to keep pressing on. That little voice in your head saying "this is a bad idea" needs to be listened to, sometimes.
"It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." ---Dr. Seuss
Youre right bill but you need to listen to that voice all the time.your instinct to survive is uncannily right.
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like when you eat **** and some how "lose" your tent? when the weather report for one of the worst places to be in weather looks like crap? <4mi in a whole day.. in good weather and no mountains then thinks he's going to get up, across and down 3 4k's in bad weather? AND he had done the loop before.. so he knew what was involved.