These are stories about people who went “for the day” into the wild. They are lucky to be alive. I won’t even touch on the people who broke legs, etc. and had to be rescued. Just the folks who got lost. I used to read these stories all the time, but I think the last time I wrote about one was in 2007.
Wilderness is not like walking across your favorite city park. Wilderness is dangerous.
First up, grandsons “abandon” their grandfather on a trail at Mt Washington. Hiker rescued from Mt. Washington may have to foot the bill.
He will likely be billed because lack of preparation = negligence.
Because they wanted to reach the summit, which they did, but then they returned by a different route. Their 80-year-old grandfather was in early hypothermia when he was rescued. He had no supplies, not even correct clothing for the trails.
“People think it’s a walk in the park,” said [Lt. Mark Ober of Fish and Game], noting there have been 150 deaths around Mount Washington since the 1800s.
“They don’t understand that it could be 70 degrees (21 degrees Celsius) at the base and it will be 12 degrees (minus 11 degrees Celsius) with blowing wind and snow potentially at the summit.” he continued.
The two grandsons may face criminal charges. (Sadly not for Felony Stupidity.)
I will only mention the New Jersey hiker who perished on Mt Washington. You can find stories easy enough if you want to.
Then there is a case in California. ‘Don’t Leave Your Partner,’ Lost Hiker Says Following ‘Terrible’ Night in Angeles National Forest.
“It was terrible. I was sleeping over a rock with a towel over me … I was freezing,” Andrews said
Finally we have the guy missing for 6 days. Hiker missing for 6 days in Arkansas woods details fight against ants, prayer for survival.
No supplies. He did manage to stay near water.
McClatchy, 38, had planned his hike in the in the Caney Creek Wilderness region, near Mena, Arkansas, for weeks. But somehow the Dallas native managed to get off the beaten trail and disoriented. He texted his mother June 1 to say he needed help, but due to spotty cellphone service he couldn’t reconnect with her.
Don’t go into a wilderness area, even for a day, without some basic supplies. Don’t leave people by themselves. Don’t count on cellphones. Maps and a compass can be replaced by a decent GPS. (Not your phone.) Be sure the batteries are good. You want batteries for days. (As the last guy on our list proves.)
And what are basic supplies? Fire-starting equipment would be on the top of my list. Some food and a water filter might be a good start. But go ahead and fill up the backpack. (Tent, sleeping bag, whatever) A first aid kit. And remember, “Two is one, and one is none” when it comes to things that might factor into your survival.
And don’t be stupid about Wilderness.