Hydrate or Prepare to die!!!!!


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Posted by Scootertrash on September 22, 2003 at 17:53:26:

I heard a radio broadcast from the Santa Monica mountain conservatory this morning regarding a heatstroke death on the Boney trail. 23 yeard old John Doyle, a native of Indiana, was hiking in 88 degree weather in dark clothing. His 2 friends were experienced hikers from So.Ca. Approx 8 miles into a ten mile round trip doyle became disoriented and fell into a ravine. He was transported via Sheriff helicopter to Los Robles medical center in Thousand Oaks with 107 degree temps and shortage of breath. He died shortly after arrival.
One mile into the hike Doyle complained that he was hot and wanted to turn around as he did not feel good.After a short rest and water break, he continued.After falling several times, his buddies thought he was not adjusting to the steep rocky trail. They later figured out that he was in grave danger and tried to get him off the mountain, and used the rest of their water to cool him down.
This terrible event occurred in 88 degree weather with a view of the pacific ocean. Add 40 degrees to that and no ocean breeze and you will experience Death valley. If you are not prepared and in prime physical shape, you will experience death. Please get your body in shape, drink more water than you thought possible, and hike with trained and knowlegable back country hikers. Training, more water, and a white t shirt would have prevented this unnecessary death.


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