Re: experience - but we still all learn...
Posted by Anti Wombat, wombat on August 20, 2003 at 11:42:28:
In Reply to: Re: experience - but we still all learn... posted by Anti Wombat on August 20, 2003 at 10:56:23:
I think you all missed the point with their hike and posting here.
Sounds like they were coming BACK, "2-miles" from the trailhead, when they ran out of water. Somewhere along the way BACK, they hit the warm winds that evaporated their sweat, "at alarming rate." You must make sweat to cool down or did you forget this basic rule of the body? Its not water that cools you down, but sweat. SWEAT, perspiration, etc. In order to do this, you must drink more water!!! If this happen to me, I would do the same; resting and "throttling back" to preserve sweat, but to continue you onward until I knew my limits. I rather be found closer to the trailhead then further away in the event of a search and rescue. This is based on the mere fact of the radius theory. Or do you even know what this is: the further away, the more they must look.
How many bodies have been found with water still in their canteen? About 75% of the time.
Plus, we don't know all the factors (were they going down hill, did the winds stop, etc.), but I do know Whitepaws, and he is no fool when it comes to desert hiking. And I know the trail they went on. It is very exposed and the trail leading away and too the trail head is all open country with no shade unless you want to scrabble down a very steep canyon to nothing but a dry wash.
Sounds like they were in fact prepared, but something came up, like those warm winds.
I think this is the fundamental point the author is trying to make. “Shit happens and you learn from it.”
Whitesocks, ignore them and continue posting away. I hate those damn warm winds for it has happen to me too.