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Cache and CarryCaching water at one or two locations along the loop, in addition to packing all you can carry before setting out on your hike is the key to sucess on the Outer Mountain Loop. from http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/bc_outermountainloop.htm
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARKHiker Dies After Four Days Without WaterRangers began a search for 71-year-old Carl Springer of Conroe, Texas, on the afternoon of Sunday, October 22nd, when a routine check of solo hiker forms revealed that he was 24 hours overdue from a four-day hike. His vehicle was quickly located and it was determined that he had not checked out of his motel room. The park's ranger/pilot began an aerial reconnaissance of Springer's proposed route – the Outer Mountain Loop Trail, an arduous mountain and desert hike around the southern half of the Chisos Mountains. On Monday morning, ground teams began a search of the entire 28-mile route with the assistance of the park aircraft and a Customs and Border Protection OH-6 helicopter. Springer was spotted from the airplane around 3:30 p.m. The CBP helicopter ferried a SAR team member to his location, which was in a rugged drainage over a mile from the trail. Springer was alert and oriented but too weak to stand. He said that he’d run out of water four days before being found. Attempts were made to re-hydrate Springer and move him to the helicopter, but his condition deteriorated. A park medic was flown to the scene and IV therapy was begun. Other searchers climbed to his location and helped move him to the small, two-seat helicopter. Springer was flown to the helipad at Panther Junction, then transferred to the park’s ambulance. Care was provided by park medics and a physician who was in the park to instruct an EMT-I refresher course. Despite their efforts, Springer was pronounced dead while en route to a rendezvous with a life flight helicopter. Contact InformationName: Mark Spier, Chief Park Ranger
Question, why didn't the park service helocopter just fly the man to hospital rather than extend trip time by calling for ground transport, or meet dust off at PJ?
I find simple common sense to be increasingly out the window or over the shoulder. No traveler through the west 100 years ago would have made such a preventable, simple error. It's almost comonplace anymore. It's a wonder how we will survive as a species.
However, Teddy Roosevelt was also correct that: 'In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The next best thing you can do is the wrong thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing'.
Maybe that should be the slogan used on the t-shirts from the contest.
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