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BBRSP rescue

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Offline Quatro

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Re: BBRSP rescue
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2013, 10:24:18 PM »
Thanks for digging that out, Flash.  Very interesting read.

I think they'd agree some mistakes were made, but I think some of those were understandable given the circumstances.  There's just a lot less margin for error in the State park than in the National park. 

To their credit, they made some good decisions that made the difference:  finding water, finding a high spot, using his camera as a tool and attempting a self rescue. Pretty nice recovery. 

Again, kudos to the SAR team.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro - HST

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Offline VivaTerlingua

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Re: BBRSP rescue
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2013, 09:15:02 AM »
All the canyons in the state park drain to the Rio Grande.  If I ever got lost in the southern part of the park, I would just keeping going downstream until I came to highway 170.  In their case, when they were at Crawford Smith house, they were as close to the highway as they were to the trailhead.  They could have just followed Fresno Creek.

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Offline RichardM

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Re: BBRSP rescue
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2013, 04:14:01 PM »
All the canyons in the state park drain to the Rio Grande.  If I ever got lost in the southern part of the park, I would just keeping going downstream until I came to highway 170.  In their case, when they were at Crawford Smith house, they were as close to the highway as they were to the trailhead.  They could have just followed Fresno Creek.
Excellent point about being aware of basic geography for a region. That's one of those  :eusa_doh: things that seem obvious after someone points it out.

I'm a little confused as to why they would "wash" their clothes to remove cactus spines. Unless they were the small hair-like ones I'd imagine pulling them out by hand would work better. In my somewhat limited experience, washing clothes which have cactus spines/thorns in them just results in clean thorns. :icon_rolleyes:

I'm not experienced enough of an outdoorsman to cast much judgment on this couple although I do think I would have fared a little better in that I'm a little geeky about  maps so I'm usually carrying something and I know how to use the GPS in my phone.  However, for a day hike, I don't usually carry much extra water and often only an orange or a granola bar to eat.  In short, in at least some areas, I am only prepared for a successful trip--not for contingencies.
Moderator Note: followups on desert hiking survival preparations have been moved to http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/hiking-the-desert/desert-hiking-safety-suggestions/

 


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