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#267470 - 02/18/14 07:58 PM off-trail hiker falls on tech terrain, gets rescue
Glock-A-Roo Offline
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Registered: 04/16/03
Posts: 1076
"Barefoot Jake" worked his way up to doing a lot of solo off-trail hiking. Then one day he found his limit. This is a detailed first-person account with plenty of good photos. Read through his hiking exploits and you'll see he's a helluva adventurer but the risk is always there.

A few observations:

- Skimping on route planning was a key factor in his situation.

- He fell and lost his water bottle. We have discussed gear-loss scenarios here at ETS a fair bit.

- His cellphone was the key to quick rescue.

- The spot where he waited for rescue, injured, was an exposed rocky slope with little in the way of resources. You don't always get to choose where you are surviving.

#267477 - 02/19/14 01:36 AM Re: off-trail hiker falls on tech terrain, gets rescue [Re: Glock-A-Roo]
hikermor Online   content
Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7151
Loc: southern Cal
I think his own writing sums it up very well - "They are always looking at me like I'm a nut job - often warning me that the things I do are very risky and might some day get me into serious trouble"

I am surprised he was hiking without adequate (7.5 minute quadrangles) maps. They alone would have allowed him to make better decisions.

Evidently he was hiking im minimalist foot gear. One wonders if something more adapted to climbing (more edging ability) would have helped.....
Geezer in Chief

#267478 - 02/19/14 01:39 AM Re: off-trail hiker falls on tech terrain, gets rescue [Re: Glock-A-Roo]
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2396
I carry two water holders, usually different kinds

(Camel Bak and metal bottle)

#267492 - 02/19/14 05:16 PM Re: off-trail hiker falls on tech terrain, gets rescue [Re: Glock-A-Roo]
JPickett Offline

Registered: 08/03/12
Posts: 264
Loc: Missouri
I sense an imminent Darwin Award here. (I hope I Never get a Darwin Award!)


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