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Two hikers have been missing since last Friday
I hope they are found alive. I climbed Mount Healy in 1975 while backpacking in that area. The area is similar to the high peaks region of the Adirondacks.
In the book "At the Mercy of the Mountains" Philip Bronski tells the stories of people lost in the Adirondacks. One of them is about a 38-year old man who became lost on the NLP trail and survived 55 days before dying. The SAR's never flew over the search area at night. If they had they would have seen his nightly fires and found him alive.
Incidents like this should remind all of us how important it is to address the survival essentials before going out into the woods even for a day hike. The first survival essential is leaving information about your route and expected return time with a responsible person who will report you missing within hours (not days) of your failure to return.
I cringe when I hear that an SAR effort was not started until someone didn't show up for work. That means the hikers failed to address survival essential number 1. In this case it caused a 24-hour delay in the SAR effort, which could end up being critical. What if they hadn't been schedule to work again until Monday?
Hopefully all will turn out well and they and their rescuers will have an interesting story to tell.