Maine hikers urged to should stay on ...

Maine hikers urged to should stay on trail after Ohio man lost for ...

There are 20 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 1, 2010, titled Maine hikers urged to should stay on trail after Ohio man lost for .... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The head of Maine's Baxter State Park says there are lessons to be learned after an Ohio man spent three days lost and injured in the wilderness.

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Balls Deep

Columbus, OH

#1 Jun 1, 2010
"Maine hikers urged to should stay on trail after Ohio man lost for 3 days"

What kind of headline is that?!? Come'on Dispatch!
Jim

Columbus, OH

#3 Jun 1, 2010
Nice headline there :O
liddleguy

United States

#4 Jun 1, 2010
Lesson number 1. It's called a COMPASS, stupid.

Lesson number 2. It's called GPS, stupid.
Manuel Labour

Blacklick, OH

#5 Jun 1, 2010
Balls Deep wrote:
"Maine hikers urged to should stay on trail after Ohio man lost for 3 days"
What kind of headline is that?!? Come'on Dispatch!
Whatchu want, gringo? Ees good enough. Ees in Maine! Why you care anyway?
hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#7 Jun 1, 2010
Is making the good headlines, Mr/Ms Copies Editor.
Jean Lynn

Galloway, OH

#8 Jun 1, 2010
Local news = good journalism. Local connection, not so much. Focus, guys!
BLJ

Columbus, OH

#9 Jun 1, 2010
A compass and area map are essential. Even gps isn't always reliable. We have Onstar, but could not make a reliable connection on I-79 in northern W Va. Back up plans are crucial.
Crabby Appleton

Carlsbad, CA

#10 Jun 1, 2010
What a moron. Three days? Way to make Ohioans look even more stupid than so many are, Hays. These idiots with their cell phones too, expecting to call to be rescued. I say let them figure it out for themselves. Again, thanks Hays, for making Ohioans look like blithering idiots.
Crabby Appleton

Carlsbad, CA

#11 Jun 1, 2010
BLJ wrote:
A compass and area map are essential. Even gps isn't always reliable. We have Onstar, but could not make a reliable connection on I-79 in northern W Va. Back up plans are crucial.
Words of wisdom: "A compass and area map are essential."

Absolutely. Nobody should enter the wilderness without those and the ability to use them, period. You cannot rely on GPS. I've been in heavily wooded areas where it was useless. Batteries go dead, and it's possible to lose a gps device. Idiots go into the wilderness with only GPS and no compass. I've known some to go out with the unit still in its unopened box and no clue how to use it too!
JAM

Newport, KY

#12 Jun 1, 2010
You're not at Highbanks Metro pal.
Hiker

United States

#13 Jun 1, 2010
I guess since I managed without a GPS before they were invented I'm not inclined to rely on one now. I've found simply retracing my steps until I'm back on the marked trail has always worked when I've managed to get lost. It's frustrating to realize I've hiked several miles off the trail and my inclination is to find an easy way to cut through to the main trail without going backwards. However though this usually only results in getting even more lost and eventually having to spend even more time going backwards (3 days perhaps?).
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#14 Jun 1, 2010
I urge the Dispatch should to start getting the headlines right.
Dispatch Web editor

Columbus, OH

#15 Jun 1, 2010
I just posted the update from the AP saying that the guy went off the trail hoping for a shortcut back to his car.
Baxter State Park covers 320 square miles.
Forest Gump

Reynoldsburg, OH

#16 Jun 1, 2010
Smart idea?

“Defecting to Mexico”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#18 Jun 1, 2010
You know hiking is just walking with a view. Get a YMCA membership numbnuts.
G0DM0NEY

Willoughby, OH

#19 Jun 1, 2010
liddleguy wrote:
Lesson number 1. It's called a COMPASS, stupid.
Lesson number 2. It's called GPS, stupid.
Do those keep people from busting up their knee?
Jay

Columbus, OH

#20 Jun 1, 2010
That's why you ALWAYS mark your going in point and other waypoints along the way with your GPS. This guy is lucky he was found alive, let alone found at all.
Sterling Silver

Columbus, OH

#21 Jun 1, 2010
Crabby Appleton wrote:
<quoted text>
Words of wisdom: "A compass and area map are essential."
Absolutely. Nobody should enter the wilderness without those and the ability to use them, period. You cannot rely on GPS. I've been in heavily wooded areas where it was useless. Batteries go dead, and it's possible to lose a gps device. Idiots go into the wilderness with only GPS and no compass. I've known some to go out with the unit still in its unopened box and no clue how to use it too!
While your points on GPS are dead on, a compass can be affected by iron-rich rocks, and you need to have good map reading skills also, including what the current magnetic declination is, and how to understand contours and other symbols. Even if this guy had had all this though, he broke the cardinal rule of leaving the marked trail, and then became injured, totally eliminating his mobility. Don't wing it.

Since: Jun 09

Norwich, OH

#22 Jun 1, 2010
GPS!
Buckwheat

Columbus, OH

#23 Jun 2, 2010
Sorry, but what a dumb ass.

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