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burningthebushes wrote:How do you get lost on Princeton?
I found out from Search and Rescue it's actually quite common. believe it or not. Three of us were hiking up when one guy got tired and said he would go back down, following a group that was headed down. When we got to the summit it was covered in clouds/fog, cold, and then lightning started to fly, so we quickly got down the mountain. Once the clouds cleared I noticed that I couldn't see the guy with the group down below..? We called his name but heard nothing. So I ran down to catch up with the group while my hiking partner went back up to the ridge to see if he could see anything. We couldn't find him and the group he was following said he just disappeared high up on the ridge in the fog. At that point I called SAR.
It turns out he went off the back side of the mountain (I know, I know, HOW does THAT happen?) and cliffed out at Agnes Vaille falls. The SAR team told me that 4-5 people cliff out at that spot every year and besides sending somebody up the ridge to look again that's the only spot they went to look for him.
I learned on that trip that some people are not very observant about where they are going and have no sense of direction. I can't even imagine ever getting lost on Princeton, as many others might agree, but there are people that can get lost anywhere. But seriously.... HOW does THAT happen?
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yosemite98 wrote:burningthebushes wrote:How do you get lost on Princeton?
I found out from Search and Rescue it's actually quite common. believe it or not.
Is this who you called or is there another number?
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I've gotten into trouble (lost) two times climbing. Once on Crestone Needle....slept in the basin to the east of the mountains....was on a multi day hike and had come off of Humboldt and Kit Carson the night before. I bivied under a rock by the lakes and when I got up the next morning the peak and needle were fogged in. I decided to head up what I thought was broken hand pass....but instead was one gully to the north....I climbed up and the clouds cleared and I was peeking across right at Ellingwoods Arete... I knew I had messed up. I didn't want to go down so instead I ended up doing what Roach describes as the India route...5.6 with a full pack - I was so excited when I busted out at 13,300 on the needles standard route that I decided I was done and hiked back down to my car that night. Never have been back...
The other was again in the fog...on Vermillion sp? Peak - from out of Telluride. On the way up I traversed across Fuller Pk and made it to the top of Vermillion...I decided to bag Fuller on the way back in the fog...got turned around didn't even bother to take out my compass started to descend SE instead of back to the trail I had used to come up...was part way down when I thought that this didn't make sense as it was getting steeper...pulled out my compass and map and realized I was walking off a cliff on my way to Silverton...
It does happen. I just kind of go with it when it does and chalk it up as an education. I do let my wife know exactly where i am climbing...
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