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  • Local Man Dies Hiking In High Peaks

    https://poststar.com/news/local/loca...3cab8655f.html

    Another sad story from the weekend.
    My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west.

  • #2
    I was leaving Keene early this morning (5:30) and noticed several Forest Ranger vehicles at the Dix Trailhead on 73 - gives you a pit in your stomach. Thanks for posting this.

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    • #3
      :( Details will be interesting to know. One doesn't expect a 21yr old to pass.

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      • #4
        Story has been updated to reflect an inconclusive autopsy and reports of possible hypothermia.

        https://poststar.com/news/local/poli...a3f1a6947.html

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Commissionpoint View Post
          Story has been updated to reflect an inconclusive autopsy and reports of possible hypothermia.

          https://poststar.com/news/local/poli...a3f1a6947.html
          Thanks for the link.
          A sleeping bag, something winter hikers should carry, probably would have saved him.

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          • gebby
            gebby commented
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            Tough to say. I carry a bivvy sack and a small shelter, but I think most day hikers don't carry a sleeping bag. The mentioning of "taking off clothes" made me think of paradoxical undressing and a sign of hypothermia. Turning around when the going got really tough was the only thing that would have saved him I think. Breaking through three feet of snow in colder temps set the table for a disaster I guess. :(

          • Craig
            Craig commented
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            Paradoxical undressing was my immediate thought. A slippery slope once you are at that stage and do not recognize it.

        • #6
          I couldn't help but think that part of this might be the two went up the slide by mistake.

          Reason is I had a difficult time getting past the breaking trail in 3' of snow.

          My group got finished early on 2/29 and when we drove past the Dix-Round Pond Parking Area it was full with some cars double parked.
          Trail should have been well traveled expect where it could drift.

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          • mbowler
            mbowler commented
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            The trail from 73/Round Pond was well packed out on Saturday (see my thread in Trip Reports). I had assumed they had come up from Elk Lake if they were breaking trail.

          • Hear the Footsteps
            Hear the Footsteps commented
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            Though I didn’t say it was your report that got me thinking.

        • #7
          I've been following this with interest. We may never get more information. Of course I also thought of paradoxical undressing, as it's a well known feature of advanced hypothermia.

          The thing that does not fit is that his partner indicated that the victim became too warm, but then after layering down deteriorated quickly. An earlier version of the article quoted the partner as saying "It all happened so fast." Usually hypothermia sets in by stages over at least a period of time, and there are lots of signs before it gets serious. It's rarely sudden. So maybe it was compounded by some other unknown medical condition; or maybe the partner was not familiar with the signs (slurred speech, inattention, dropping things, etc.) and so did not notice them...

          We may never know.

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          • moosebeware
            moosebeware commented
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            The article also said that "they" got disoriented, so the partner's recollection of what actually happened in what period of time may be off.

        • #8
          A friend was on a military exercise in the cold and they woke up in the middle of the night to the sentry stripping off his clothes because he was hot! They got a hold of him and put him in his sleeping bag and got a small stove going (against the rules for the exercise but that goes out the window here) and filled him full of warm liquids and got him feeling good again.

          A great and terrifying learning experience for them and just another reason why training is so important for the military.
          Leave No Trace! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXO1uY0MvmQ
          ThereAndBack http://www.hikesafe.com/

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          • #9
            I wonder how far into the woods the two had gotten? I too wondered if any of the following, alcohol/medicine/drugs/medical condition/dehydration was involved. I could see 'overheating' but after shedding layers he got in trouble quickly...seems odd when young and healthy. I'm quite aware of the paradox strip. Tracked and/or carried a few that ended up in a sock and undershorts.

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            • gebby
              gebby commented
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              I don't know the poor kid, but from what I've read and the pics that I've seen on the internet, he looked like he would have had all the gear and had the requisite experience to do the hike. I hope if there was some medical condition that contributed to this, that the family lets his hiking partner know. I would hate for him to feel guilty for what happened, if it was a medical issue that contributed to the outcome.

          • #10
            Real good point gebby

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            • #11
              Autopsy doesn’t show how hiker died


              https://www.adirondackdailyenterpris...ow-hiker-died/
              Leave No Trace! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXO1uY0MvmQ
              ThereAndBack http://www.hikesafe.com/

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