NPS Rescue Trivia

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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Post by rlown » Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:39 pm

would be nice to reveal your source(s) for the answers. I know the Henry 1 here on the coast (Sheriff Helo) runs at ~3k/hr. Still would like to know the difference you make between Mountaineering/Climbing and now overnight hiking.


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Re: NPS Rescue Trivia

Post by AfterSeven » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:02 am

My instinct was F & Cs...but F & D make perfect sense too. Here's the Yosemite Stats on Rescue Type by hiker/climber/other etc....rescue costs not included." onclick=";return false; or here" onclick=";return false; (Search by Year).

As I read this, I recalled a YOSAR missing hiker/peakbagger effort that took 100 rescuers, 4 choppers, 6 dog teams and 18 Agencies over a period of 4 days." onclick=";return false; or" onclick=";return false; or" onclick=";return false; 3 versions of the same search.

With missing hikers, all of your resources go into finding a small needle in a large haystack sometimes for days on end, in a rock climbing accident, you almost always know where needle is, you just need an experienced rescue team, and (rarely) a heli, for a few hours to extract the needle.

Lastly, I also recall that the rescuee was trying to commit suicide in a small stream at the time of his discovery because he had apparently come to realize he was doomed to lose both legs to gangrene, which he did.

This event always reminds me that soloing, even on moderate terrain, can have serious life altering/ending consequences, and...
That its always a series of little mistakes...
  • hiking alone...
    climbing at dusk....
    going off route...
    going up something unroped that you are not talented enough to downclimb...
that lead to an epic misfortune. A sad and true tale of a real person, on a real adventure, doing things that many here have done before without hesitation, and that some continue to do. Including me.
Enthusiasm is the burning spirit within that says, ‘I can!’ It is the indomitable ‘Yes!’ without which nothing worthwhile is ever accomplished. ~ ROYAL ROBBINS

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