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#108141 - 10/09/07 03:16 PM Sigh
Blitz Offline
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Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 535
Loc: MA
They didn't even have flashlights????

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/14298127/detail.html

I wonder what else they didn't have

Blitz

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#108143 - 10/09/07 03:26 PM Re: Sigh [Re: Blitz]
DrmstrSpoodle Offline
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Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 138
Originally Posted By: Blitz
They didn't even have flashlights????

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/14298127/detail.html

I wonder what else they didn't have

Blitz

Their brains, obviously.

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#108144 - 10/09/07 03:29 PM Re: Sigh [Re: DrmstrSpoodle]
Blitz Offline
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Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 535
Loc: MA
Quite right!!

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#108146 - 10/09/07 03:44 PM Re: Sigh [Re: Blitz]
OldBaldGuy Offline
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Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
Left their common sense at the door...
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#108149 - 10/09/07 03:50 PM Re: Sigh [Re: OldBaldGuy]
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 910
and close enough to have their cell phones work...

Teacher

PS things that are simple, light and cheap that would have likely made all the diference:

1. flashlights
2. map/ compass
3. gps*
4. well, that should about do it

* ok not cheap.

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#108150 - 10/09/07 04:00 PM Re: Sigh [Re: teacher]
AROTC Offline
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Registered: 05/06/04
Posts: 604
Loc: Manhattan
Leaving at a reasonable time, so you don't risk the dark would have done wonders too. Not to mention rain gear and a couple of sweaters.
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#108155 - 10/09/07 05:36 PM Re: Sigh [Re: AROTC]
el_diabl0 Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 301
Loc: NE Ohio
Things in my bike saddle bags:

* compass
* folding knife
* flashlight (lights on front/back of bike as well)
* rain poncho
* biking gloves
* small FAK
* hand sanitizer
* 2 trash bags
* sunscreen
* spare inner tubes
* water bottle
* power bars
* multi tool for bikes
* sm pr of binocs
* sm towel
* usually a map of the area

I like to think I'd be OK in a situation like that.
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#108158 - 10/09/07 05:57 PM Re: Sigh [Re: el_diabl0]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
There were four separate groups in all that required rescue in the same area. A little more information:
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?...fd-5bc082bc8354

"'The common theme was a lack of flashlights,' said Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus... 'They had underestimated the length and conditions and were not equipped,'"

"They had learned about the trail on an Internet search that described it as "suitable for children". (Yes, I AM laughing out loud... aren't you?)

"'They thought they could do it, but they set off late, about 3:40 p.m., and were very ill-prepared,' he said. "The clouds were rolling in at the time. They had never hiked the trail before, and they had no map, no compass and no rain gear. They were wearing jeans, cotton shirts and sneakers.'"

Another rescued group: "... were clad in shorts and T-shirts and had little other equipment."

Please note the comment to this article at the bottom of the page. She said it all.

Sue

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#108159 - 10/09/07 06:13 PM Re: Sigh [Re: Susan]
AROTC Offline
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Registered: 05/06/04
Posts: 604
Loc: Manhattan
Sunset data for Franconia, NH for Oct. 9, 2007, the sun will set at 6:14pm. If you leave at 3:40 you have 2 hours 34 minutes to get up and down the trail. The data is availible at most weather websites, along with the weather, which you want to know before you leave, right? We talk about how knowledge is the most imporant equipment, well it took me thirty seconds to find out that piece of reasonably critical information. These people are just accidents waiting to happen.
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A gentleman should always be able to break his fast in the manner of a gentleman where so ever he may find himself.--Good Omens

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#108163 - 10/09/07 06:30 PM Re: Sigh [Re: AROTC]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3078
Quote:
Sunset data for Franconia, NH for Oct. 9, 2007, the sun will set at 6:14pm. If you leave at 3:40 you have 2 hours 34 minutes to get up and down the trail. The data is availible at most weather websites, along with the weather, which you want to know before you leave, right? We talk about how knowledge is the most imporant equipment, well it took me thirty seconds to find out that piece of reasonably critical information. These people are just accidents waiting to happen.


Maybe they just didn't realise that it gets dark in the countryside. A surprising number of people don't know potatoes have to be dug up from underneath the ground and that bananas don't grow on trees.


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