lost in the woods

4:37 p.m. on May 31, 2016 (EDT)
andrew f. @leadbelly2550
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for whatever reason, the weather channel dredged up a story about a woman who diverted off the AT in 2013, in Maine, to use the bathroom.  She got lost, passed, and was found in 2015.   She was found only two miles from the trail.  https://weather.com/news/news/dying-hiker-journal-found-appalachian-trail a reminder about how easy it is for anyone to get lost, and why bringing some means of finding your way back and understanding how to use it is so important.

Maine Fishery and Wildlife report:  https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2842887/Geraldine-Largay-Report-Exerpt.pdf 

5:51 p.m. on June 2, 2016 (EDT)
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Two miles is a long way to go to use the bathroom. Too bad though!

5:55 p.m. on June 2, 2016 (EDT)
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Check the Two Year Old Mystery Solved thread for the same story.

4:55 p.m. on June 3, 2016 (EDT)
Tipi Walter
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Big discussion of this on Whiteblaze---


On my last month of May trip I got lost on the Timber Ridge trail in Pisgah NF---due to my idiocy and approaching dementia. 

I hiked up a nutbuster hill with my ginormous pack and took a needed break on top.  In a daze, I saddled up and HIKED DOWN THE SAME HILL I CAME UP.  Totally oblivious.  I spent 3 hours hiking back and forth on a mile stretch of the same trail trying to find my way.

Finally I followed my earlier pruner clippings back where I started in the morning.  True idiocy.

June 1, 2020
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