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Wise Old Owl
07-12-2009, 10:17
Although most or all of us are comfortable hiking here in the USA, so many of us fail to do the homework and plan a trip properly in other parts of the world. Call it Bear Grillis Idiosis! I have seen good backpackers and hikers alike disappear in parks around the world, sort of just going out without filing a flight plan for your plane, the backpacker aparently needs to do the same when in unfamiliar territory.

I read articles and see shows like "I shouldn't be alive" to avoid their mistakes and yet you don't have to look to hard to find past stories here on the internet.

Here is the grim latest....
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/5805200/Backpacker-lost-in-Australia-is-still-alive.html


Want to see the search area? Open Google Earth and type Blue Mountains or Jenolan Caves and it will take you right there. Its huge, about 75 miles across in two directions.

Grits
07-12-2009, 12:29
We can learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others. These are the best sites I have found.
http://hikerhell.blogspot.com/
http://www.sarstories.com/

kyhipo
07-12-2009, 12:48
Although most or all of us are comfortable hiking here in the USA, so many of us fail to do the homework and plan a trip properly in other parts of the world. Call it Bear Grillis Idiosis! I have seen good backpackers and hikers alike disappear in parks around the world, sort of just going out without filing a flight plan for your plane, the backpacker aparently needs to do the same when in unfamiliar territory.

I read articles and see shows like "I shouldn't be alive" to avoid their mistakes and yet you don't have to look to hard to find past stories here on the internet.

Here is the grim latest....
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/5805200/Backpacker-lost-in-Australia-is-still-alive.html


Want to see the search area? Open Google Earth and type Blue Mountains or Jenolan Caves and it will take you right there. Its huge, about 75 miles across in two directions.

He'll be ok! God Bless ya! Ky

Wise Old Owl
07-27-2009, 21:38
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25786381-2702,00.html

CrumbSnatcher
07-27-2009, 22:11
thats good news!

LaurieAnn
07-29-2009, 10:04
Good to hear they found him.

Nean
07-29-2009, 13:36
Sounds like people did know where he was going and was reported missing the next day. His problem was losing the trail he walked in on and not being able to determine east. Didn't sound like he was very far from civilization and had a map. Heck , he could of lit a signal fire or got up on some exposed outcrop to be seen. Teenagers aren't known for their sense though...;)

sheepdog
07-29-2009, 14:13
The dude couldn't build a fire?? Never go into the brush without the ability to make a fire. Glad he was rescued.

LaurieAnn
07-30-2009, 07:14
Reason #452 to carry a compass and know how to use it. Orienteering was actually part of our grade-school curriculum (but then again - I'm an old fart)