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What Not to Do

Postby Bullwinkle » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:52 pm

A classic case of what not to do in the mountains. This guy was fortunate to come out with his life.

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Re: What Not to Do

Postby schrund » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:20 pm

The "cave above the lakes" ? I guess I am unsure where this cave is. That would have been cold even if prepared, sounds like he got pretty lucky somehow.
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Re: What Not to Do

Postby climbinfool » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:32 pm

The hard way

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Re: What Not to Do

Postby Hungry Jack » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:56 pm

Truly wtf

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Re: What Not to Do

Postby midwestcoast » Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:27 pm

Wonderful Pistachio commercial in the making.

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Re: What Not to Do

Postby jdorje » Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:59 pm

I heard about this. Lucky indeed, though I don't understand really. Where is this cave? And why not just walk out?
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Re: What Not to Do

Postby Doug Shaw » Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:24 pm

jdorje wrote:And why not just walk out?


Minimal food and inappropriate gear, got hypothermic, snow was waist-deep?

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Re: What Not to Do

Postby MountainMedic » Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:37 pm

I wonder how much alcohol was involved in his poorly-conceived 1am departure. Since alcohol exacerbates hypothermia, he's likely even luckier than he's getting credit for...

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Re: What Not to Do

Postby tlongpine » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:05 am

MountainMedic wrote:I wonder how much alcohol was involved in his poorly-conceived 1am departure. Since alcohol exacerbates hypothermia, he's likely even luckier than he's getting credit for...


1AM is not an unusual departure time. No reason to presume alcohol was involved.
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Re: What Not to Do

Postby Breckskier » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:19 am

tlongpine wrote:
MountainMedic wrote:I wonder how much alcohol was involved in his poorly-conceived 1am departure. Since alcohol exacerbates hypothermia, he's likely even luckier than he's getting credit for...


1AM is not an unusual departure time. No reason to presume alcohol was involved.


Most people that start at 1am don't start in Khaki pants and with a handful of pistachio nuts....
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Re: What Not to Do

Postby mtngoat » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:24 am

Breckskier wrote:
tlongpine wrote:
MountainMedic wrote:I wonder how much alcohol was involved in his poorly-conceived 1am departure. Since alcohol exacerbates hypothermia, he's likely even luckier than he's getting credit for...


1AM is not an unusual departure time. No reason to presume alcohol was involved.


Most people that start at 1am don't start in Khaki pants and with a handful of pistachio nuts....
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Re: What Not to Do

Postby rijaca » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:18 am

tlongpine wrote:
MountainMedic wrote:I wonder how much alcohol was involved in his poorly-conceived 1am departure. Since alcohol exacerbates hypothermia, he's likely even luckier than he's getting credit for...


1AM is not an unusual departure time. No reason to presume alcohol was involved.


After consulting with friends with considerable experience in matters like this, it's agreed that alcohol was probably involved. The unusual 1am departure being a major clue.
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