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Offline bigcreek

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« on: April 23, 2010, 08:58:39 AM »

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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2010, 09:17:51 AM »
Being unprepared and out in the desert this time of year can be killer.  He got lucky.

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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2010, 09:27:02 AM »
Since that link is dynamic, here's the article of interest:
Friday, April 23, 2010
INCIDENTS
Big Bend National Park (TX)
Rangers Rescue Stranded Hiker


Park dispatch received a report of an overdue hiker on the remote and strenuous Marufo Vega Trail on the morning of Friday, April 9th. The hiker, 34-year-old J. Meyers of Austin, Texas, had been issued a permit for a three day hike. The park plane was dispatched and searched the area without success. As temperatures had been in the 90’s for several days, a hasty ground search team started hiking the trail. A horse team was also assembled and started up the trail with medical supplies and extra water. A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter joined the search of the narrow steep canyons. Later that afternoon, the crew of the helicopter spotted an unusual blue object on a canyon floor, while the crew of a park plane spotted what turned out to be an orange sleeping bag in the same canyon. Ground searchers were directed to the location and found the missing hiker. They learned that Meyers had become lost on his first day out and wandered the open desert in search of the trail. By day three, he was desperate for water and begun descending washes in an attempt to reach the Rio Grande, which he could see in the distance. As his desperation grew, Meyers climbed down into a steep canyon, believing it lead to the river, but found that it lead only to a 70-foot pour-off above the river. He was trapped – he could see the river below, but could not climb back up the canyon wall. To keep from dehydrating, Meyers chewed the juice out of cacti and took advantage of shade from the canyon walls. He also spelled out the word “Help” with rocks and lit a small fire, hoping it might be seen from a plane. Rangers rappelled into the canyon and then rappelled with him to the canyon floor below, where they were picked up by the DPS helicopter. Despite having filed a backcountry plan, Meyer had changed his plan at the last minute without telling anyone and took only enough water for one day. He did not have proper topographic maps, a compass, GPS, or any other recommended supplies. Without sufficient food and water, it is likely that he would not have survived another 24 hours. Employees from various divisions assisted along with park volunteers and DPS and US Border Patrol personnel. Ranger Joe Roberts was IC. [Submitted by Allen Etheridge, Chief Ranger]

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Offline Terlingua50337

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Re: LOST
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2010, 09:35:34 AM »
There's a two word phrase that describes J Meyers of Austin and the couple Hiker79 encountered: exceedingly "stoopid". The park service should have let natural selection rule. Because of their interference Meyers will not be a recipient of a Darwin Award.

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2010, 10:12:49 AM »
It always amazing to me how STUPID people can be.... :eusa_doh: :eusa_doh:

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Offline Hiker79

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2010, 10:40:35 AM »
Glad he was rescued.  I guess any further comment would be redundant.

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2010, 12:25:06 PM »
A common theme to these stories is not just a single event, but a series of events that taken as one, are not life-threatening.  But when combined together, those events can be lethal.  In the case of this story, four main items came into play:  1) Broke trip plan, 2) Insufficient supplies, 3) No map or GPS, 4) Unfamiliar territory.  

I have made some stupid mistakes while hiking in the desert, but fortunately I did not have a series of events that could have become more serious.  Some events can be avoided by proper planning, some events happen due to blind bad luck.

For example, a pair of very seasoned hikers in the Grand Canyon were hit by bad luck.  Winter storms and freeze/thaw cycles loosened up some rocks along their path, which broke free and injured both hikers.  Fortunately for them, their itinerary was well documented and they were well-supplied with food, water, and first aid gear.  One of the hikers injuries were less-severe, he self-rescued himself, then lead rescuers to come back for his hiking partner.
« Last Edit: April 23, 2010, 12:31:59 PM by dkerr24 »

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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2010, 12:27:36 PM »
An itemized invoice should be sent to his postal mail box.

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Offline Terlingua50337

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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2010, 02:08:06 PM »
That was going to be my question, do they charge for back country rescues in BiBe? should they? How much would you be willing to pay for your life?

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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2010, 05:07:44 PM »
Been quite a few die thru the same set of circumstances. If he learned from it then all is not lost, if he didnt then the rescue was a waste of time and money.

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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2010, 05:41:59 PM »
I wonder if he had of been lost in the Christmas Mountains if the Terlingua Ranch POA or Jerry Patterson himself and the State of Texas General Land Office would have mounted a SAR!  Of course, Patterson would probably have pulled his pistol out of his left boot pocket and pistol whipped him - at the very least. 

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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2010, 06:07:06 PM »
I wonder if he had of been lost in the Christmas Mountains if the Terlingua Ranch POA or Jerry Patterson himself and the State of Texas General Land Office would have mounted a SAR!  Of course, Patterson would probably have pulled his pistol out of his left boot pocket and pistol whipped him - at the very least. 

 :rolling: :icon_lol: :rolling: :icon_lol:
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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2010, 06:14:04 PM »
I think
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The hiker, 34-year-old J. Meyers of Austin, Texas
is going to get his fifteen minutes of fame in the Austin American Statesman...   :icon_wink:

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Offline Hiker79

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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2010, 07:20:15 PM »
Marufo Vega wasn't that hard to follow.  Was he talking on his cell phone and not paying attention when he got lost?  I'll bet I've seen the guy driving in Houston totally clueless!!   :eusa_doh:

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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2010, 07:57:08 PM »
Sorry.  Almost bit my tongue off not responding and couldn't stand it any more.

 


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