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#182767 - 09/21/09 06:58 PM Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following
thseng Offline
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Registered: 03/24/06
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Loc: NW NJ

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/20989589/detail.html

One determined lady. Another article said she drank rain water from her hair.
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#182769 - 09/21/09 07:38 PM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: thseng]
CANOEDOGS Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1830
Loc: MINNESOTA
sometimes it just comes down to guts and luck--

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#182771 - 09/21/09 07:39 PM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: thseng]
scafool Offline
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Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
Wow.
Quote:
Her family didn't report her missing because she frequently goes off on trips alone.


She is one very lucky lady to have made it.
If she had somebody to check her safe arrival she might have been found sooner.
I guess she had no cell phone or other means of calling for help either.
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#182773 - 09/21/09 07:45 PM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: scafool]
EMPnotImplyNuclear Offline
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Registered: 09/10/08
Posts: 324
wow, I think I would prefer a head-on collision, would have probably been safer smile

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#182776 - 09/21/09 08:27 PM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: EMPnotImplyNuclear]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
"Her family didn't report her missing because she frequently goes off on trips alone."

I don't object so much to her going on trips alone, but she really needs to break herself of the habit of not telling anyone where she's going and when she should be back.

And slow down!

Sue

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#182778 - 09/21/09 08:35 PM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: Susan]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
Originally Posted By: Susan
"Her family didn't report her missing because she frequently goes off on trips alone."

I don't object so much to her going on trips alone, but she really needs to break herself of the habit of not telling anyone where she's going and when she should be back.

And slow down!

Sue


Exactly.

At least it wasn't WINTER yet.
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#182791 - 09/22/09 12:11 AM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: Todd W]
MDinana Offline
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Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2184
Loc: Deep south... Carolina
ok, maybe a poor initial driving choice, but serious guts on getting through it.

I'd love to have a sit-down with her! Maybe DR or Cody Lundin or someone would someday do that. Be interesting to hear her side of it. As opposed to someone that did something stupid, lost a friend, and was peeved cuz SAR "didn't come soon enough."

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#182803 - 09/22/09 01:48 AM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: thseng]
Blast Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
Wow!

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#182806 - 09/22/09 01:57 AM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: Blast]
Desperado Offline
Veteran

Registered: 11/01/08
Posts: 1530
Loc: DFW, Texas
What a story.

All the sudden, On-Star sounds cheaper than I thought while truck shopping over the weekend.

I think I will add a golf club to my cold weather kit I am building for my possible trip to Canada.

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#182812 - 09/22/09 02:25 AM Re: Mountain Miracle: Woman Survives 5 Days Following [Re: Blast]
James_Van_Artsdalen Offline
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Registered: 09/13/07
Posts: 449
Loc: Texas
Quote:
Hoover sustained broken ribs, broken vertebrate and a punctured lung in the crash.


Five days later:

Quote:
He said she was in bad shape when he saw her, purple eyes and her mouth filled with dirt from crawling with her head on the ground.

She didn't just crawl down the mountain: she was seriously injured to the point that she not able to even to get her head off the ground.

I don't like to use the word "luck" for this sort of thing. It implies that only pure chance is at work. She may not have done herself any favors in terms of preparations, but I bet she doesn't use the word "Quit" very often.

I drive a Honda minivan with two large driver's door pockets. I keep 8 4oz bags of water and 9 400cal lifeboat rations there, as well as my PLB (won't do any good at home - keep it in the car!), a handheld CB radio, and a very bright "signaling" flashlight w/ spare batteries. Ending up off a rural road because of a deer or cow is a real concern of mine so I pack the door's storage in case I *can't* get to the goody box in back or even reach to the passenger's side of the car.

PS. I realize the CB radio probably isn't real important and it may be bumped to the passenger side once I think of better things to have within reach.

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