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    These hikers take the cake this week for going due South instead of due North - I mean, how disoriented can you become?

    Town of Keene
    Wilderness Rescue: On October 30 at 1:09 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from two women who became lost while hiking in the High Peaks. The callers stated that their ordeal began when they spent an unexpected night at the Feldspar lean-to. From there they attempted to get back to the Adirondak Loj by hiking toward Lake Arnold. During their hike, the 59-year-old woman from Gloucester, Massachusetts, and 60-year-old woman from Colts Neck, New Jersey, decided to go back toward Lake Colden before taking a wrong turn and ending up on Mount Redfield. After speaking with Forest Ranger James Giglinto on the phone, the two women felt confident enough to hike back down toward Lake Colden while Forest Rangers Giglinto and Daniel Fox hiked in to meet the pair to ensure their safe departure out of the woods. Rangers Giglinto and Fox covered the trails that wrap around the east and west sides of the lake, found the hikers at the Lake Colden Dam at 7:13 pm, and proceeded to escort them back out to the Adirondak Loj. After reaching Marcy Dam, the hikers were given a ride out on an UTV using the truck trail to the Loj. All Rangers were cleared of the scene at 10:48 pm.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Eddie Fournier View Post
    After reaching Marcy Dam, the hikers were given a ride out on an UTV using the truck trail to the Loj.[/I]
    Funny thing is, Redfield won't count so they'll have to hike it again...

    If by chance some day you're not feeling well and you should remember some silly thing I've said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled ~ Red Skelton

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    • Eddie Fournier
      Eddie Fournier commented
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      I hear they are now planning on climbing the twin peaks of Kilimanjaro.

    • rickhart
      rickhart commented
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      Isn't that debateable? You have to climb up the mt and down the mt -- but they did that. The ride was from Marcy Dam back to the trailhead. Maybe they should be allowed to count Redfield? I think they deserve some kind of consolation prize. :-)

    • Makwa
      Makwa commented
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      I believe you need to get back to a trailhead under your own power. Technically speaking, Marcy Dam is not a trailhead even though there is a register there.

      If it were me I wouldn't count it. Not because of some technicality but because I didn't even know I was climbing the mountain. I would be embarrassed to even write it down.

  • #3
    They got lucky as well as the other duo who spent the night out in shoulder season! A little colder and a little wetter and there's a different outcome! :(

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    • #4
      Originally posted by Eddie Fournier View Post

      decided to go back toward Lake Colden before taking a wrong turn and ending up on Mount Redfield.
      I can't wrap my mind around somebody accidentally climbing Redfield.

      Wonder what version of the map they were using. /s
      My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west.

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      • Eddie Fournier
        Eddie Fournier commented
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        only thing I could think of was that they might have wanted to avoid Feldspar bog - but that can only explain like 10% of it

    • #5
      No map. No compass. No trip prep. No sense of direction. No idea they went from a marked trail to a herdpath. No clue that going from Feldspar L/T to Lake Colden is downhill.

      I will set all of that aside and ask... why did they spend the unplanned night out? Injury? Doesn't sound like it. More like they bit off more than they could chew and found themselves miles from the trailhead as either darkness approached or they ran out of energy to continue. Perhaps both? The fact it took over 9.5 hours to get out to the Loj with assistance AND a ride for the last 2+ miles leads me to believe they were in way over their heads. I wonder what their destination was on Day 1 of their adventure?

      Unfortunately for them they were out on a Tues/Wed. If it was a weekend there would have been more people around to point them in the right direction or assist them. Thankfully both made it out unscathed.

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      • #6
        I see people like this almost every time out.

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        • #7
          I am betting depending only on Alltrails is part of this.
          Leave No Trace! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXO1uY0MvmQ
          ThereAndBack http://www.hikesafe.com/

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          • #8
            I give them credit for going 2 full days wandering all over the high peaks. must have some good cardio and leg muscles. I hope when im about 60 I can summit the wrong mountains by accident after visiting the wrong lakes and bogs on the 2nd day of a accidental "ordeal".
            personally, I don't think redfield should "count" for them considering they apparently had no clue where they were going and didn't intend to go there.
            If they lost redfield's herdpath, or got turned around even one more time, there could have been a much worse outcome and we would surely be discussing potential Darwin Award candidates.
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            • Makwa
              Makwa commented
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              Now that I've read the report again we don't actually know they reached the summit of Redfield. It says "on" Redfield. That could be anywhere along the herdpath. The Rangers may have deduced that or picked up coordinates from their phone call.

              The puzzling part is the 6 hours between Redfield and Lake Colden. What's that? 2.5 to 3 miles max? Were they instructed to wait for an escort out? It said the Rangers walked in to meet them but was there a rendezvous point or is that just where they encountered them? 6 hours is an awfully long time to cover than distance. Then about 3 hours to cover 3+ miles to Marcy Dam and then the ride out.

              These reports always leave me wanting to know more.

            • bikerhiker
              bikerhiker commented
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              good points. And definitely.
              Thing is, it boggles my mind that they could apparently handle an unexpected night out in a lean-to on Oct 30 (it had to be wicked cold, right?), they were possibly prepared for that, yet were quite possibly clueless with not having or not knowing how to use a map and/or compass, or alltrails or whathaveyou, that their sense of direction was that off.
              Im thinking they got very very lucky to make it out possibly ok.

          • #9
            Something absolutely related

            https://www.outsideonline.com/240481...BCs%20of%20SOS
            35er #3133
            46er #11799

            "Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds"
            Zarathustra

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            • Makwa
              Makwa commented
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              While we're sharing links... I found this one last night about the Adirondacks...

              "Walking a trail: Here’s the top reason unprepared hikers need to be rescued"
              https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/...ks/2494271001/

            • bikerhiker
              bikerhiker commented
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              Soooo much head slapping from that article. loafers?
              this summer I saw a hiker signing in to hpic reg with jeans, leather jacket, and basketball sneakers and thought that was a good one.
              no headlamp and using cellphone as a light until the battery goes. way too sad and way too common, way too avoidable.
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