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    Here is the summary of an incident last night , as related to me this morning by a MW State Park Staffer:

    "Hiker" summited MW on Saturday 9/6/08 at 5:30 PM, just as the rain from Hanna was beginning. He signed the register as coming from the Ammo Trailhead. There were no seats left for down-bound riders by any possible means via the Auto Road so he was going to have to get down on his own. Dressed in a windbreaker, t-shirt, jeans, sneakers.....no pack, no water, no food, his only gear a cell phone and and a wind-up/crank "flashlight", he headed down Jewell Trail from the Summit Building @ close to 6 PM.

    10 PM phone rings at State Park staffers home... from NH Fish and Game Doug Gralenski.... said hiker is lost on the west side of MW and the cell phone caller is patched thru. Talking through the clues and possibilities, hiker says he thinks he is in the vicinity of two brook crossings and may have missed a trail connection from the Jewell Trail towards Marshfield Station.

    The probabilities are weighed and the hiker's location narrowed to "most likely" off of the Boundary Trail in the vicinity of Clay Brook.

    Matt Holmes of NH F&G was woken up and sent to fetch out the hiker, who was indeed in the close vicinity of Clay Brook on the Boundary Trail.

    The exercise is to Identify and Explain from the above summary why this "hiker" had to be "fetched out"?

    Anyone game to participate? There is no prize and there is no scoring involved, but 2 word answers are discouraged

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breeze View Post
    Dressed in a windbreaker, t-shirt, jeans, sneakers.....no pack, no water, no food, his only gear a cell phone and and a wind-up/crank "flashlight", he headed down Jewell Trail from the Summit Building @ close to 6 PM.
    There is a new reality "Survival" show airing this fall and this is one of the contestant?
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    So hiker did not have a map? If so, he probably could have guessed how close he was to the road...Boundary Trail goes 1 mile from Jewell to road by Cog, yes? (We not in NH now and I don't have my maps at hand).

    Maybe he had fallen and become injured? Too hungry/dehydrated to go any farther (or is it "further")?
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    There is no reason why this hiker should have been "fetched out". He could certainly have stayed where he was and waited till morning - probably a bit uncomfortably - and then retraced his route back to the right trail. Obviously harder without a map.

    Mountain search and rescue has way too many calls like this for people who do very foolish things in the mountains. The rescuers are too often put at risk to recover someone who has no business being out there in the kind of situation that this person was. If you want to read some interesting views on this subject you should get "Wilderness Ethics" by Laura and Guy Wateman (which I'm just finishing reading) While I don't agree with 100% of their opinions I do think that they are right on this subject. Once again, too many people think that the White Mountains are a theme park and that they don't have to be prepared or take care of themselves.
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    Equipment aside..........

    Tropical storm on the way, 5:30 summit which meant a late start.

    I guess his cable provider doesn't include the Weather Channel in his basic subscription package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtruman View Post
    Once again, too many people think that the White Mountains are a theme park and that they don't have to be prepared or take care of themselves.
    Why would anyone think that, what with the steam train to the top, the auto road, Tip-Top House and the pavilion.
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    How many "museums" are on the summit of Mount Washington?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill O View Post
    How many "museums" are on the summit of Mount Washington?

    2 I think.

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    Question Will people never learn??

    I think the nail has been hit on the head. People look at the summit of Washinton and think cars, trains, food no problem. Too many of us have seen people like Breeze describes and they just keep coming. I guess thought is, get in trouble just call for help. Hurricane in forecast, hiking in jeans, no food, no water, no map and arrival to summit in late afternoon. What was he thinking. He should be charged for this sheer stupidity and should be sent to a class for hiker education. hum today there is going to be a hurricane. Let me try to climb Mount Washington solo and also let me get a late start and arrive at the top in the late afternoon. I just don't get it!!!!

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    Default Most Dangerous Hikes

    Interesting timing for this. The latest issue of Backpacker Magazine has their list of the 10 most dangerous hikes in the US. Mount Washington is rated #3 on this list - mostly due to the rating of 10 out of 10 for weather danger. It probably should have been even more due to the "intangibles" rating for people underestimating it because it seems like a tourist destination as the last few people on this thread rightly point out.

    By the way, #1 on the Backpacker list is the Bright Angel trail in the Grand Canyon. Notice any similarity?
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