Hiker emerges from Gila ordeal

There are 5 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Nov 15, 2009, titled Hiker emerges from Gila ordeal. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

A hiker lost in the Gila for several days was reunited late Saturday afternoon with family members who had flown from Houston earlier in the week once they learned he had not returned from a solo hike he began on Nov.

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Tankergypsie

Ontario, CA

#1 Nov 15, 2009
These rescue people are real heroes. We very fortunate to have such dedicated, hard-working people in Grant County.
elkstine

Silver City, NM

#2 Nov 15, 2009
These rescue people are super heros. This guy should be kissing their butts for their efforts. Looks like this guy tried to do everything right. He left information with the forest service and his friends. Too bad he was 20 miles away from his scheduled route.
Will he be billed for his rescue? Our tax dollars shouldn't be spent on peoples sporting failures. Next time I go hunting I'll tell everyone where I'm going and spend an extra day so that I can get a free ride out.
Sam

Stanley, ID

#3 Nov 15, 2009
What is the difference between allowing airplanes to land in the wilderness and a rescue helicopter? If they won't let them even drop food and shelter to a lost person, then keep the darn airplanes out too!(Idaho's Frank Church Wilderness has landing strips all over it!)
SeniorSmart

United States

#4 Nov 16, 2009
To go from sea-level to over 8,000 ft. is just plain STUPID! Your body needs time to adjust to high altitude and walking in difficult terrain makes it an even more hazardous, solo hike.

Hope the 1,000 member hiking club in Houston (and other clubs)learns a lesson from this experience. Contacting local US Forest Service officials for advice on routes when planning a route is SMART....all it takes is a phone call before hand!

The environmental law that considers a helicopter drop-bucket is damaging the land is DUMB. Look at all the resources needed to rescue this hiker when a simple fly over pick-up would have solved the problem quickly and caused far less trampling of terrain.

Ah,well.....Common Sense is sadly lacking in DC bureaucrats, apparently.
Fly on the wall

United States

#5 Nov 16, 2009
A good gps with installed maps costs just a couple hundred bucks.

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