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Be prepared. The use of an emergency beacon turned what could have been a tragedy into a small news article.

 

http://www.kbzk.com/news/skiers-rescued-in-south-central-montana/

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The article is pretty short on details, although it doesn't seem that there were any injuries that limited their ability to get out. It would appear that they weren't prepared, either running out of food, being lost, or both. While it's good that they had a transmitter so they could be rescued, it would've been better not to have had to use it in the first place.

That being said, perhaps I should look into getting an ELT.

Mike
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I'm thinking about getting into back country more and more, which means I need to take a class(or more) and learn how to use the pieps that I picked up this winter.

 

I'm really intrigued by the product line I saw at the show this year.

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/103721/pieps-product-line-for-2012#post_1340531

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

The article is pretty short on details, although it doesn't seem that there were any injuries that limited their ability to get out. It would appear that they weren't prepared, either running out of food, being lost, or both. While it's good that they had a transmitter so they could be rescued, it would've been better not to have had to use it in the first place.

That being said, perhaps I should look into getting an ELT.

Mike


The area the hikers were in is notorious for storms popping out of nowhere. It has the highest concentration of mountains over 10,000 feet in North America making weather forecasting and detection extremely difficult. The day of their outing was forecast to be sunny all day. I can understand why they didn't bring along extra food & gear as it was probably sunny and nice when they started out.

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That sounds like a pretty interesting area.  I guess it is northwest of Cooke City?

 

I don't go into the backcountry sufficiently prepared myself.  I carry a pack with extra clothes, but probably insufficient for a significant change in the weather.  And while I'll take a bit of trail mix or something else, it probably isn't sufficient to deal with an accident or delay.  Guess I'm not living up to the standards I learned in the BSA.

 

Mike

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They were northeast of Cooke City & west-southwest of Red Lodge which puts them right in the middle of the Beartooth/Absaroka mountains, a massive wilderness area that swallows a few hikers every summer. If you want to get an idea of the area rent the movie 'Sweetgrass' which is about the last time they ran summered sheep in those mountains.

 

It sounds like the skiers were experienced but not local so they had no clue about the ability of that many tall mountains to brew up their own storms. Granite Mountain, Montana's tallest mountain, is near where they were and most of my serious mountain climbing friends have failed to reach its peak due to storms popping up in the afternoon.

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I'd like to spend some time in that area.  I come to Yellowstone most every fall, and love the area around Sunlight Basin.  I'd really like to get back in to the Absaroka's.

 

Mike

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