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03/31/15 07:42 PM Death Valley Days by hikermor

Death Valley National Park (CA)
Two Day Search Ends With Rescue

On the evening of Monday, March 23rd, rangers received a report that a visitor was stranded on a ledge in Golden Canyon, a popular hiking area in Death Valley. Rangers hiked the trail system by headlamp but were unable to locate the visitor.

On Tuesday, park personnel were able to make voice contact with the nab, who was trapped at the top of a series of dry waterfalls, some of which were greater than 100 feet high. Rangers directed a U.S. Navy search and rescue helicopter to his location, where he was hoisted into the aircraft without incident.

He was flown to the Furnace Creek Airfield, where he was medically evaluated and debriefed. He said that he left the main trail system and began following a series of social trails until he became “cliffed out”. Once he realized that he was trapped he sheltered in place overnight and awaited rescue.

Search and rescue efforts were supported by members of protection, fee collection, interpretation, resource management, maintenance, and management branches, as well as military personnel from the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.

This gentleman certainly could have used a whistle or a light, or whatever. When out rambling, it is worth asking yourself if you can retrace your steps.

If the NPS keeps this up, Death Valley will need a new name....

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03/18/15 03:45 AM 5 Hour and such... by ATN

Does anyone stock their 72 hour/ BOB/ SAR kit with caffeine drinks/ pills like 5 hour energy? I thought about including 2 or 3 5 hour energy because a total of 3 ounces or so sounds like a small price to pay for my caffeine addiction smile

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03/17/15 04:11 PM 168 mph winds by TeacherRO

Cyclone Pam story

Hard to even imagine

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03/15/15 03:37 AM Solar Knife - What will they think of next? by hikermor

Just encountered this and couldn't resist posting - more for grins than anything else - http://www.soloscientific.com/soknbysoscpp.html?gclid=CKCk6KS3qcQCFYhgfgod0V

Maybe this gadget is great,but I will reserve judgment for a bit. But just think of potential embellishments - a luxury steel (at least S90V), partially serrated blades etc. - maybe a folding variant. The mind reels as we enter the solar age of survival and bush craft....

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03/13/15 12:30 PM Pocket survival kit...gone medieval by Byrd_Huntr

Carrying multiple boxes of .22 ammo while squirrel hunting was something I didn't care for. I wanted a good number of rounds with me, but hated the hard rectangular boxes in my pockets. Enter the British made leather pouch.

I ordered two pouches and use one to carry ammo. It is a little bigger than a tennis ball, and holds about 3 boxes of loose ammo. Much easier to carry and access than the rattling and fumble-prone ammo boxes.

The other pouch carries everything that I would put in a small metal survival container, minus the rattle and corners. And, being a bag, you can always stuff in one more thing.

The build and leather type is critical, as there are plenty of leather pouches out there that I find worthless. The flat, split cowhide type with a drawstring looped through punched holes doesn't cut it.

The bag should be:

-top grain glove leather
-stand up when empty or full
-have a sewn-in channel for the lanyard
-fit in the palm of your hand

Optional, a sewn in hanging loop comes in handy.

Here's something similar I could find quickly on eBay, but has punched lanyard holes, and is a little taller than mine. Under $6.

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