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    Default Hiker Missing on Blood Mountain

    See the attached article. I live close to Blood Mountain and heard it on the radio on the way home.

    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/14964662/detail.html

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    Dang, bad weather to have to survive if you have no gear. The trail system is just not that complex around Blood is it? Isn't there just the AT and Freeman for someone day-hiking from Neels?

    Hope for the best.

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    Maybe Stumpknocker will run into her.
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    Prayers - hope she has built herself a fire - ban or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinMusic View Post
    Dang, bad weather to have to survive if you have no gear. The trail system is just not that complex around Blood is it? Isn't there just the AT and Freeman for someone day-hiking from Neels?

    Hope for the best.
    As far as the trail system being complicated, well, that depends on the hiker. Don't forget that there's the abandoned section of the AT on the south side, the Coosa Backcountry comes in pretty close, along with the trail down to Lake Winfield Scott. Gotta say it doesn't sound good if they don't find her soon because it's gonna get cold again tonight.

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    Yeah not real sure how someone could get lost up there. But one thing I noticed was her dog's leash was in the car. Two things come to mind there. An unleashed dog knocked her down and she is laying up there hurt somewhere. Or she never really made it onto the trail. Bad either way. This article didn't say it, but the radio said her car was found at the parking lot just north of Neels where the Reece trail side saddles to catch the AT going up the mountain. I live about 20 miles by the way the crow flies from Neels. No one survived last night or tonight up there not properly prepared. It was 15 with 50 mph winds and an inch of snow at my house this morning. Suppsed to be colder tonight. Wind chill advisory has the WC down at -15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChinMusic View Post
    Dang, bad weather to have to survive if you have no gear. The trail system is just not that complex around Blood is it? Isn't there just the AT and Freeman for someone day-hiking from Neels?

    Hope for the best.
    It's not terribly complicated.

    Freeman and the A. T. form a loop hike with Byron Reese and the A.T leading to Hwy 129 from Flat Rock Gap.

    Damn, I wish I was home to help search. I wouldn't want to spend the night up there without a sleeping bag with the wind we've been having the last couple days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john30563 View Post
    Yeah not real sure how someone could get lost up there. . . No one survived last night or tonight up there not properly prepared. It was 15 with 50 mph winds and an inch of snow at my house this morning. Suppsed to be colder tonight. Wind chill advisory has the WC down at -15.
    Ouch. Hopefully she's found or made shelter.
    Quote Originally Posted by Skidsteer View Post
    It's not terribly complicated. . .
    OK, then I'm a dimwit, because I did manage to get screwed up in Slaughter Gap twenty plus years ago; wound up at Lake Winfield Scott before I realized how bad I'd fouled up. The weather wasn't nearly as severe, either.

    Skids & John, do you know if they need volunteers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Speed View Post

    Skids & John, do you know if they need volunteers?
    Union County Sheriff's department is heading it up. (706) 439-6066. Im sure they'd love to have help from folks familiar with the Mountain. But they ARE NOT searching at night and the state patrol copter was grounded due to the high winds. Call 'em, they might let you help. I'd go help if I didn't have to work all week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Two Speed View Post
    OK, then I'm a dimwit, because I did manage to get screwed up in Slaughter Gap twenty plus years ago; wound up at Lake Winfield Scott before I realized how bad I'd fouled up. The weather wasn't nearly as severe, either.
    Well, Slaughter had, like, what, five trails leading into the same place? With a few water trails in the mix?


    Skids & John, do you know if they need volunteers?
    Dunno, but I'd be surprised to be turned away. I'll be home Friday sometime. Hopefully she'll be found safe by then, but if not I'm headin' up to volunteer.
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    And as fare as being complicated, it depends on how far she was going. Being alone and just one car, I'd venture to say she was planning to go to the top and coming back down. Not too complicated on the NorthEast side of the Mountain is it? Just two trails, right?

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    Can anyone tell me who I can contact to assist with the search?

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    i just put the number up there. (706) 439-6066

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    Quote Originally Posted by john30563 View Post
    Union County Sheriff's department is heading it up. (706) 439-6066. Im sure they'd love to have help from folks familiar with the Mountain. But they ARE NOT searching at night and the state patrol copter was grounded due to the high winds. Call 'em, they might let you help. I'd go help if I didn't have to work all week.
    Quote Originally Posted by Phreak View Post
    Can anyone tell me who I can contact to assist with the search?
    You wanna call 'em and shoot me a PM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phreak View Post
    Can anyone tell me who I can contact to assist with the search?
    No, but they usually set up at Neel's Gap or Reese parking lot for Blood Mountain searches. Either way, I bet Winton will know who to contact.
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    I'm confident Winton is somehow involved and would have all the INFO.

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    I'm available tomorrow to help with a search or whatever is needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by john30563 View Post
    Union County Sheriff's department is heading it up. (706) 439-6066. Im sure they'd love to have help from folks familiar with the Mountain. But they ARE NOT searching at night and the state patrol copter was grounded due to the high winds. Call 'em, they might let you help. I'd go help if I didn't have to work all week.
    Quote Originally Posted by J Rabbit View Post
    I'm available tomorrow to help with a search or whatever is needed
    I'd head on up Rabbit. I doubt they'd turn you away, unless they find here.

    Reckon what the odds are she never got on the trail? The whole leash still in the car bothers me. While many folks hike with unleashed dongs, I cant imagine leaving the car without the leash, to leash the dog up if she bothered anyone or made anyone nervous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john30563 View Post
    I'd head on up Rabbit. I doubt they'd turn you away, unless they find here.

    Reckon what the odds are she never got on the trail? The whole leash still in the car bothers me. While many folks hike with unleashed dongs, I cant imagine leaving the car without the leash, to leash the dog up if she bothered anyone or made anyone nervous.
    Good point.

    Let's hope and pray it works out and she's found safe.
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