Welcome to another edition of Survival Weekly, where the real wilderness survival “reality show” plays out everyday, in the wild places around our world. These unscripted stories will give you insight to the true threats and challenges you may face in your outdoor pursuits. So sit back, relax, and read on to get a dose of reality to sharpen your most valuable survival tool. – BPO
Good expose on SAR in Iceland – http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2014/rescued-from-the-land-of-fire-and-ice/
“Hike Safe” cards coming to New Hampshire – http://www.actionhub.com/stories/2014/11/17/hike-safe-cards-coming-new-hampshire/
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (CA)
Overdue Backpacker Found In Good Condition
On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 6th, overdue hiker William Roberts was located outside Kings Canyon National Park in the adjacent Sierra National Forest. Searchers found the 62-year-old Virginia man in good condition in Crown Valley.
On October 30th, Roberts departed alone from the Rancheria Trailhead on the Sierra National Forest. He planned to hike to Tehipite Dome in Kings Canyon National Park, then, after several days in Tehipite Valley, return to the Rancherita Trailhead by November 3rd. Dispatch was notified that he was overdue on the morning of November 5th.
Sixteen National Park Service and twenty Fresno County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue personnel were involved in searching by ground and helicopter, conducting interviews, and planning search operations. An NPS helicopter, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Eagle One, and California Highway Patrol’s helicopter H40 also assisted.
The search area, located approximately 35 miles southeast of Huntington Lake, ranged from elevations of 4,000 to 9,000 feet. The first significant storm of the season passed through the area on October 31st and November 1st, resulting in 12 to 18 inches of snowfall at higher elevations and heavy rain at lower elevations.
Two hikers rescued from canyon – http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/11/15/ccj-sar-team-rescues-2-hikers-from-snow-canyon-state-park/#.VGq4r_lpf58
Stranded hikers rescued – http://www.albanytribune.com/17112014-sheriffs-office-search-rescue-saves-two-stranded-hikers/
Teams battle extreme weather is search for missing hiker – http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/11/18/search-for-missing-man-in-rmnp-hindered-by-extreme-weather-conditions/
Missing hunter rescued – http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/search-and-rescue-retrieve-hunter-from-kaimai-range-2014111811
New River Gorge National River (WV)
Rangers Rescue Injured Climber
A rock climber from Ohio was climbing the New River Gunks route in the Junkyard area, a 5.7 sport route supported by a top bolt, when he lost his grip, fell from 12 to 14 feet, landed in the sitting position, then fell backwards and hit his head.
Fellow climbers reported that the injured man used an old cam device someone had left on the route. No one knew where the old device came from or how long it had been there. The climber clipped into the device about ten feet above the ground and continued to climb up the route. He then lost his grip and fell. The cable attached to the device broke and failed to arrest his fall.
Rangers, an ambulance crew, and local first responders were dispatched to the accident after fellow climbers called it into the Fayette County 911 center. Rangers determined that the man had a possible broken wrist, back injury, and a minor head injury. He was not wearing a helmet.
Rangers, climbers, and first responders carried him out in a litter. Two low angle belays were set to support the team as they carried him out the steep trail to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to Raleigh General Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Friends and family mourn loss of Bend climber – http://www.ktvz.com/news/storm-stymies-search-for-fallen-middle-sister-climber/29708126
Runaway teen rescued off cliff – http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2014/nov/15/team-works-together-runaway-cliffhanger/
Water Safety –
Airman swept out to sea – http://sfbay.ca/2014/11/12/elite-search-and-rescue-airman-swept-off-beach/
Body recovered at Lake Mead – http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/282821401.html
Search for missing Cessna – http://www.cfra.com/news/2014/11/12/search-and-rescue-operation-underway-for-missing-cessna-near-haliburton
Another missing Cessna – http://www.kvoa.com/news/search-and-rescue-for-two-people-on-plane-continues/
Lost mountain biker rescued – http://www.oc-breeze.com/2014/11/14/62078_ocsd-search-and-rescue-finds-lost-mountain-biker/
Search underway for elderly man – http://www.orovillemr.com/general-news/20141116/search-and-rescue-crews-look-for-missing-magalia-man
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