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  • a lot of knowledge: Woman, 71, lost in Olympics with dog, built shelter, ate ants

    http://www.seattletimes.com/life/out...lter-ate-ants/
    Woman, 71, lost in Olympics with dog, built shelter, ate ants

    Apparently she had a lot of theoretical knowledge but did not tell anybody about her trip location and expected return date. :(

    'Sajean Geer, 71, survived six nights in the wilderness of the Olympic National Park with her dog, Yoda, after becoming lost while spreading her late husband's ashes.
    ...
    “All my outdoor experience has been hiking on trails with signs, and I hadn’t had experience in total wilderness like that. All I could see is trees. I couldn’t find anything to orient myself with,” she said.
    ...
    Still, she remained calm. An avid reader, Geer had become interested in foraging and survival. Years ago, she’d devoured books on those topics.
    “I had four things I had to do to survive: (Find) water, not get injured seriously … find shelter, and I had to be visible to be rescued,” she said.'



  • #2
    Impressive. Kept her wits, worked the problem (despite no gear), and made herself visible during the aerial search (a week later). One cool and collected person!
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    • #3
      And she didn't even have to eat her dog!

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      • Makwa
        Makwa commented
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        Maybe she wasn't in the mood for Mexican.

      • gebby
        gebby commented
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        Yea. A Chihuahua is more of a snack than a meal! :P

    • #4
      "Kept her wits, worked the problem (despite no gear), and made herself visible during the aerial search."

      That was impressive.

      Unfortunately, this:

      "did not tell anybody about her trip location and expected return date"

      was stupid, and cost some group of taxpayers a lot of money. I'm glad she's OK, but it's hard for me to celebrate when someone is stupid, and wastes my resources.



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      • #5
        • She lives in Port Angeles. She drove about 22 miles to the PJ Pond trailhead in Olympic National Park (only 12 miles away as the crow flies).
        • ​The purpose of her trip was to walk a short distance into the woods to find a suitable resting place for her husband's ashes.
        • ​It was a private moment taking place a short drive from her home. In hindsight it would've been best to notify someone of it, but I can understand why she did not (short trip; private, ceremonial purpose).
        • She lost her bearings and was found west of the PJ Pond trailhead in the drainage leading to the Lillian River.
        http://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=47.94...185&z=15&b=mbt

        More here:
        http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8024914
        https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/n...angeles-woman/
        http://komonews.com/news/local/all-t...al-in-olympics


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        • #6
          At 71 I hope to " keep my wits about me "
          A reminder not to step out of car w/o some plan / map / compass
          ​Under the circumstances easy to see how it happened.

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          • #7
            Agreed. Under the circumstances, it's easy to see how someone might neglect a basic commonsense practice such as telling someone where you are going. I was unduly harsh.

            My problem with this story is that in the glare of celebration over her resourcefulness, she is elevated to a role model, and common sense is forgotten and never mentioned. To her credit, she did say "I did this to myself." If, anywhere in the article, there had been one line such as "In retrospect, it would have been good to tell someone where I was going" I probably would not have posted to this thread at all.

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            • mastergrasshopper
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              100 %
              I've made many mistakes and reacted on my emotions but my moto is if you got yourself into it get your self out.
              " I see no bones sticking out lets get moving "
              I was bushwhacking with my son and he got angry and missed a vital clue for cable crossing. I let him go for 1/2 hour then asked him if he knew where he was ? We spent some time finding way back !! LIFE LESSON !!
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