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I've hiked in this area.  Three inches of snow is not uncommon during certain times of the year.  I doubt these were experienced hikers.

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PostIcon Posted on: Apr. 01 2013, 1:03 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

similar thing here this spring break, from the county sheriff's facebook post

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On 03/27/2013 at about 7:39 am the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an injured hiker on the Rogue River Trail in the Mariel area. The call came from Josephine County Search & Rescue (SAR), who’d had reported to them that a woman with a leg injury, accompanied by a man, had ceased their Rogue River Trail hike at a campsite at Tucker Flat (about a quarter mile east of the Rogue River Ranch and tiny community of Mariel), and were awaiting transport from the remaining members of their hiking party, who’d gone on without them to Foster Bar near Agness, and were to drive back to Rogue River Ranch and pick them up. The three members of the hiking party who’d continued on had attempted to drive to Mariel but the access roads were impassable due to snow conditions. The three had then reported their stranded companions to Josephine County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

Curry County SAR members responded early Wednesday morning by vehicle to Foster Bar, and then by boat to Mariel, where SAR team members contacted the two hikers. The two, Emily Nash, age 30, and Christopher Kienle, age 28, of Klamath Falls, had been camped at Tucker Flat for two days awaiting their friends and didn’t know the roads were blocked by snow. The two, accompanied by their dog, were short of food and their gear was wet, but they were physically okay, and were able to hike with SAR ground team members the 3 miles back to Paradise Lodge where a boat large enough to carry hikers and rescuers was waiting to transport all back to Foster Bar by late Wednesday afternoon.


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and then I go to Yahoo and this is the lead story of a hiker stranded 6 days on Mt. Hood

It is a misleading season

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How are you not "prepared" for 3 inches of snow?

No boots, simply sandals or some nylon canvas running shoe?

No map, compass or gps so once the trail is obscured you're lost (and it's stunning how little snow t takes to obscure a trail some times)?

Well, a good end to the story anyway.
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I've hiked in this area.  Three inches of snow is not uncommon during certain times of the year.  I doubt these were experienced hikers.

http://www.wsmv.com/story....ns-dome

From the article: "None of the 10 hikers wanted to go to a hospital."

Not even the guy who made the emergency call for chest pains?  Hmmm.

I can only guess that the hikers were wearing shoes and clothes that were more appropriate for a hike down around Gatlinburg than up on the AT.  Three inches of snow could also have made the trail pretty slippery and difficult to see.  They're probably lucky that they didn't have an encounter with hypothermia.
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Ah, of course, hikers. So groups of dayhikers that got surprised. That happens.
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Ah, of course, hikers. So groups of dayhikers that got surprised. That happens.

It does.  And there's not a lot of details in the story, other than they felt stranded and--when rangers passed by while investigating a different call--they said they wanted help getting out.  It doesn't appear they actually called for help themselves.

Anyhoo, there's not a lot of details in the story, but I'm gonna just chalk this up as a few dayhikers who weren't ready for a storm, but ended up getting out just fine in the end without all that much extra help.  C'est la vie.

I hope the person suffering from chest pains up at the shelter fared okay.


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Things change quickly there. I skied into the Mt Collins shelter for an overnight on two feet of firm snow. There was a guy there in wet cotton clothing and inadequate boots whose food had been ruined by a leaky fuel bottle. I had plenty of food, fuel, liquor, and dry wool socks. That night a thunderstorm hit and dropped six inches of rain, effectively washing away most of the snow. Good for him, making the walk out easier, but kind of a bummer for me since I had to carry my skis. Anything can happen, might as well be ready for it.

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Like many other stories around here . . . I don't think we are getting the whole story. Snow has been on the the ground there for months now. They got around 18" up there last week and the road was closed until Saturday. So saying there was only 3" is a little misleading. There might have been 3" of NEW snow Sunday but I would be willing to bet there's at least 2' on the ground at that shelter. They have 4WD and wouldn't have needed to plow the road for only 3".

Also, based solely on the news around here, it appears the "rescued" hikers were on the trail and probably wouldn't have requested assistance had the ranger not met them on the way to the shelter.  I don't know if they were truly in danger or if the ranger was just being cautious.  I would have probably erred on the side of caution too. We have had crappy weather here lately and if the hikers were not prepared it could have easily gotten into a hypothermic situation. The temps would have been upper 30's to low 40's up there and it would have been clouded in.
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3 inches of snow on the AT?  I cannot imagine a normally prepared over night hiker couldn't have just walked through that.

Must have been not that experienced and a day hiker like others have said, but even so, 3"...


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News people are paid to get stories.

No rescue, no story.  Sometimes they tend to, shall we say "embellish" a bit?

Take it with a grain of salt.
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News people are paid to get stories.

No rescue, no story.  Sometimes they tend to, shall we say "embellish" a bit?

Take it with a grain of salt.

+1.  The story said the ranger came across two groups that "needed help getting off the mountain", and leaves it your imagination to embellish the rest.  For all we know the ranger pointed them in the direction to go and radio'ed to another ranger to check on them when they got back to the trailhead.  But all said, we don't really know.


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Here's the rest of the story:

http://www.themountainpress.com/news....-rescue
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There ya' have it.  Not much at all.

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