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Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: Pam
Date: January 10, 2019 05:08AM
An unexpected story from a couple of standpoints. Worth reading.

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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: January 10, 2019 07:58AM
Very compelling. Thanks for posting this!
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: January 10, 2019 09:22AM
Very awesome story. Is the Pam in the article you, by chance?

I’ve hiked some of the trails myself years ago. I once carried my 2 year old daughter up the Ammonoloc Ridge trail to the top of Mt. Washington in early August and we ran into a strong snow event even then. Of course we had down clothing with us and it was short lived. We ended up riding the cog railway down that day.



Asheville, NC Area
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: Bo
Date: January 10, 2019 09:53AM
Fantastic story! Fascinating read on many levels.

Gonna assume that was you...well done!
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: Pam
Date: January 10, 2019 10:07AM
No, that wasn't me lol! Just a coincidence that the woman was named Pam. I am not a mountain goat grinning smiley
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 10, 2019 10:12AM
Good story, well written. That area is where I started my backcountry life; I did trail work on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail as a teenager.
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 10, 2019 11:01AM
Holy fsck.

I can't begin to convey the intensity of that story.

Truly badass in the best possible sense of the word.


Aside from the rescue, I don't know if I could carry all that kit for a walk in the park, let alone up and around a mountain in blizzard conditions, and being responsible for another soul.

UFA.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* Sigs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 10, 2019 11:02AM
Oh, and an extremely well-written story, too.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* Sigs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: Pam
Date: January 10, 2019 11:07AM
Finding out later that it was a suicide attempt and not a dumb hiker really got to me. We usually know that the person we are looking for is despondent. That doesn't mean we should assume otherwise if not briefed as a despondent. In this story the woman happened to be a sar person. But anyone can come across a situation where the subject is despondent. And not know it!
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: hal
Date: January 10, 2019 01:45PM
I was reading the beginning and wondered how this skilled, VERY well prepared woman would end up in need of rescue. When I hike solo, I always pack expecting the worst, but I don't try to hike Mt Washington in October. That area is famous for extreme weather changes as you hike higher.

I was wondering if he was suicidal instead of hyperthermic and was getting worried. What if he really wanted to do it and she was getting in the way?

The best part of this story is that it's inspirational. I really don't think I would have followed that path in the snow at that point. I think I've read that there is cell reception somewhere along the trail - I probably would have called it in instead. But I will remember this story forever and it might make me think twice if I ever encounter that situation.

Whatta woman! I really enjoy stories of immense difficulty overcome in the wilderness and this one hits it outta the park.
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: Winston
Date: January 10, 2019 08:41PM
Pam, thank you. I don't often follow links like this. But I forwarded this one to my family.

I am still digesting it, but I wrote in part:
"It's about our own grit, determination, and standards, but also how those affect others. Caring comes in many forms."

For me at least, this story has a number of levels. It brought up a lot of emotion. Part of why I'm still sorting it out. There is much there that is "ordinary", turned extraordinary. It gives me some hope for all of us.


- Winston



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Be seeing you.
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 11, 2019 03:55AM
Finding out later that it was a suicide attempt and not a dumb hiker really got to me.

Ditto.


For me at least, this story has a number of levels. It brought up a lot of emotion.

Exactly.


I was wondering if he was suicidal instead of hyperthermic

I'd bet that at that point in time, especially in those conditions, she was in much better physical shape than he, maybe even off the mountain.


A truly amazing, and inspiring story.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* Sigs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Awesome search and rescue story
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: January 11, 2019 01:05PM
Thanks for this...it actually made me tear up....glad the story had a happy ending, not many good stories out there.
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