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Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.

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Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #75 on: January 26, 2016, 09:25:25 PM »
Just got a copy the other day for Christmas.  Been wanting to read for years.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #76 on: January 27, 2016, 07:30:40 AM »
Just got a copy the other day for Christmas.  Been wanting to read for years.

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It's good! I'm on my second reading right now.
"To Think is easy. To Act is difficult. To Act as one Thinks is the most difficult!"

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #77 on: January 27, 2016, 12:42:01 PM »
I may have to get it and read it a third time to stay ahead of you Big Bend veterans.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #78 on: March 17, 2016, 03:28:35 PM »
I just finished this book.  Very sobering,  and makes me think I'll never leave my PJ house.

 Ever. (LOL)

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #79 on: March 17, 2016, 06:02:23 PM »
I just finished this book.  Very sobering,  and makes me think I'll never leave my PJ house.

 Ever. (LOL)

I'm sure if someone wrote a book detailing all the deaths in our respective suburbias, we might think twice about venturing out our front door.  When my wife and I would visit her relatives in New Orleans, they would tell us, "Don't go down to the lake.  That's where they shoot people!"  :icon_lol:

Parent's book, however, does make you think about the things that COULD happen if one isn't mindful.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #80 on: April 07, 2016, 06:29:50 PM »
I just finished it and thought it was great! I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do in the desert.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #81 on: May 29, 2018, 04:24:16 PM »
 Just read the book, great read! Iíve been to Big Bend twice and have a big trip planned soon. So glad I read this book! These accidents could happen to anyone not aware of the area. Good job
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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #82 on: May 29, 2018, 05:12:00 PM »
It is actually one of my favorites in my BIBE library.   However,  I think the important thing to take away from the book is,  no level of experience is immune from a mortal experience in BIBE.  There are examples of happenstance,  inexperience,  ignorance,  bad luck,  overestimation, underestimation, etc.

Anyone can get themselves into a jam real quick.  That's the lesson. I know I've been in circumstances at least three times that could have ended very badly for me.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #83 on: May 29, 2018, 05:31:11 PM »
As we've been saying here for years:

Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.
Jeff Blaylock
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"We'll be back, someday soon. We will return, someday, and when we do the gritty
splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #84 on: May 29, 2018, 09:09:25 PM »
As we've been saying here for years:

Over-estimating your experience or under-estimating the terrain in a place like Big Bend can result in serious injury or death. Use the information and advice found here wisely. Climb/Hike/Camp/Drive at your own risk.


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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #85 on: May 30, 2018, 03:04:29 AM »
True words. The Bend is no cookie cutter park. Bad things can happen fast, under the best care.  While I have broke an ankle there, there have been many, many more times I was lucky.

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Re: Death in Big Bend by Laurence Parent
« Reply #86 on: May 30, 2018, 09:18:22 AM »
...and I can unfortunately say from experience, driving 100+ miles up to the hospital in Alpine while injured ain't no picnic, although telling the BP what's up gets you through the checkpoint much faster.

 


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