Woman FOUND in Cascades National Park, Washington

Deputies appear to be close to finding a woman missing in Cascades National Park, Washington. A note has been found where she says she is heading downstream.

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8 Responses to Woman FOUND in Cascades National Park, Washington

  1. Fools Gold says:

    Spotted by helicopter. Alive and uninjured, but dehydrated despite being spotted near water falls.
    Her daypack was inside her car parked at the trailhead.
    She had left a trail of items such as her dental insurance card and a note indicating her situation of ‘no water, no map, heading downstream eating berries’.
    Except for that initial mistake she seems to have done fairly well.
    Query: should she have consumed more water despite having no means to treat it? I guess we will find out soon.

  2. Fools Gold says:

    It seems it was just a simple little three mile trail.
    Very brushy area, easy to get disoriented if you leave the trail. Fortunately, her text messages to friends had revealed her destination with some degree of specificity and the search area was not too extensive.

  3. Douglas Burchard says:

    “Query: should she have consumed more water despite having no means to treat it?”

    Yes! The effects of waterborne illness takes days or weeks to impair an individual, and can be treated with medication. Whereas dehydration will kill you in just a few days, and impair you much sooner than that .

    There’s no question, if you’re lost in the wilderness in the U.S. for more than half a day, drink any flowing water. And if it’s excessively cold or hot out, drink sooner that that.

  4. Fools Gold says:

    Re: the untreated water.
    That is what I thought too. Worries about Giardia Something, which I think is common in that area, is best done from a hospital bed after the rescue. She was a very experienced hiker, often a solitary hiker, and I don’t think she should have been as confused on that issue as it appears she was. Drink the untreated water and stay alive. Then deal with the consequences later.
    Ofcourse her real mistake was leaving her pack in the parked car because it was just an easy three mile hike.

  5. FoolsGold says:

    While we can assign several fundamental errors that this very experienced hiker made, the one thing that helped focus the area of the search was that the vehicle description was well-circulated beyond the Darrington Area wherein her friends thought she was hiking. Once her car was spotted at the trailhead parking area the focus of the search was shifted away from the Darington area.
    Her notes would probably not have been found had her car not been spotted and searchers sent into the brush.

  6. FoolsGold says:

    Why wouldn’t a person hiking solo carry a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon)? “People just don’t know they exist and how easy they are to get a hold of.”
    Rentals nationwide through their website at http://www.PLBRentals.com start at $49/week. PLBs may also be purchased from REI starting at $450.

  7. Maximus says:

    I would like to see a continuation of the topic

  8. FoolsGold says:

    Personal Locator Beacon could have been FREE, but would it have made a difference? She left the day pack in the car because it was a simple three mile hike which for such an experienced hiker was a simple jaunt equivalent to my crossing the street. If she had been equipped with a Personal Locator Beacon, it would probably have been inside that day pack!

    It happens.

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