Mount Whitney Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 03 July 2018





Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?

The Sheet, June 23, 2018, p.9, PDF.

"According to a Facebook post from the California Highway Patrol - Inland Division Air Operations, a hiker high on the Mount Whitney Trail at an elevation of more than 12,000-feet, activated his In-Reach emergency lo-cator, a sateliite messaging device, on Thursday, June 14 at about 4:45 p.m."

"He refused rescue and a ride in the helicopter because it wouldn’t land at his car."

"People with personal locator devices should make sure it’s worth the time and effort if they intend to activate the device. It was not posted as an invitation to bash on the hiker, but that’s what happened. He said the post has taken on a life of its own. Typical responses to the post are that the hiker should be charged for the costs of the helicopter and labor."


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A person's "mind" is often ready and willing to climb Mount Whitney far before their body is capable. Finding that your idealized perception of, and the reality of the experience of working in, and engaging Nature are quite different has the potential to either be the best or last experience of your life.



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