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#248518 - 07/13/12 11:31 PM Autistic Man Survives Hike in Desert
Pete Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 02/20/09
Posts: 1053
Hey .. what are we talking about?
This guy made it a loooong way.

Someone please send me the name of his guardian angel.
I need to sign up.
Hahahahaha !!!



#248524 - 07/14/12 02:53 AM Re: Autistic Man Survives Hike in Desert [Re: Pete]
GarlyDog Offline

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Registered: 04/05/07
Posts: 776
Loc: The People's Republic of IL
I'm happy for him and his family that he is OK. Sign me up too for his guardian angel's service.

#248528 - 07/14/12 05:20 AM Re: Autistic Man Survives Hike in Desert [Re: GarlyDog]
leemann Offline
Soylent Green

Registered: 02/08/04
Posts: 602
Loc: At the soylent green plant.
Thats what the local news had on the lucky man.

It's the year 2022...People are still the same
They'll do anything to get what they need.
And they need Soylent Green.

#248532 - 07/14/12 11:09 AM Re: Autistic Man Survives Hike in Desert [Re: Pete]
Phaedrus Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 1673
Loc: Great Plains
Maybe he should buy a Powerball ticket. But my guess is that he's used up that kind of luck. Gods, demons and saints aside, autistic or not he seemed to have some pretty canny survival instincts.

I hope he fully recovers from his ordeal. He's provided a lot "gist for the mill" that we'll be digesting for some time!
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz

#248534 - 07/14/12 12:34 PM Re: Autistic Man Survives Hike in Desert [Re: Phaedrus]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 4844
Loc: southern Cal
Of course he had plenty of water - the Escalante is a permanent stream, although I believe it's original name was the "Dirty Devil" (courtesy of John Wesley Powell). Survival is considerably easier in the desert if you have adequate water.....
Geezer in Chief

#248551 - 07/14/12 06:23 PM Re: Autistic Man Survives Hike in Desert [Re: Pete]
Chisel Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 1101
Interesting :


I didn't really understand why he thought only autistic people will stay near water !!! I can't think of anyone in a desert who would wander away from water.

But the more ineteresting thing I noticed about William after he was rescued, is that he wanted "to talk" as much as he wanted to eat and drink. I wonder whether a survival situation like this may have a positive impact on an autistic person.

#248566 - 07/14/12 10:17 PM Re: Autistic Man Survives Hike in Desert [Re: Pete]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2345
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Glad he made it out alive, despite the odds.

Sad about the dog though.


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