Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Re: [Zion_National_Park_Hiking] Re: Survival tales? - Can you top these 10?

Expand Messages
  • Shane B.
    If you like survival stories than this is your website: http://www.storiesofadventure.com Shane
    Message 1 of 96 , Nov 1, 2004
    • 0 Attachment
      If you like survival stories than this is your website:

    • luciantia
      These kinds of things are why I am still afraid to go past the normal paved trails in zion. he he
      Message 96 of 96 , Nov 3, 2004
      • 0 Attachment
        These kinds of things are why I am still afraid to go past the normal paved trails in zion.
        he he

        --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "Gary" <g121562003@y...> wrote:
        > I once had to go two days without food while on a simple hike to
        > Glacier Point while in Yosemite the winter of 1979/80.
        > I used to spend the winters there when I was in my early twenties.
        > This winter of 79/80 I had been in Yosemite since late december and
        > in january met two guys from England who were looking to see Yosemite
        > valley from above on the rim somewhere. Being I knew the area, I told
        > them we could go up to Glacier point and see the valley from there.
        > The weather had been clear and we got our permits to go up to Badger
        > Pass ski area where we would start our hike.
        > We could have gone up the Four Mile trail but it was very icy as I
        > had been up it a week before and thought it would be too difficult to
        > hike up.
        > So I opted to go on the skiers bus up to Badger Pass and hike up the
        > road the nine miles to Glacier point. The weather forecast called for
        > good clear weather for all the 5 days we planned to do the hike.
        > The snow was deep and we had snowshoes (my wooden Tubbs and their
        > rented metal ones). The first day we made it only 3 miles beyond
        > Badger Pass as we did not get started till after arriving on the bus
        > about noon. The snow was about 3 feet of powdery corn snow and got
        > heavy to lift on our snowshoes as we hiked on the road.
        > The seocond day we walked 4 more miles and exhaustedly stopped again
        > about 2 miles from Glacier point. The third day we got up very late
        > and did not break camp because it was snowing hard all morning. By 3
        > in the afternoon it stopped snowing and we packed up and left for the
        > point. Being winter tho and the sun being lower in the sky we did not
        > make it to G.P till after dark.
        > It was snowing again by the time we were on the point and we could
        > not see beyond our flash lights. I knew there was a building up there
        > for the tourists in the summer which was open on three sides and we
        > opted to find and stay in it out of the storm.
        > We split up and each went looking for the building in the hard
        > falling snow.
        > While looking in my direction I came to a slope and tought the ground
        > had gone out from below me. I looked down after a couple steps and
        > realised I was standing on snow pack right at the edge of the Glacier
        > Point Apron with the hand rails under my snowshoes. One more step and
        > I would have fallen about 2000 feet into the snowy depths.
        > One of the other guys had found the building and we all went to it.
        > We sat up the tent in the middle of it and crept off to sleep. The
        > next morning the snow was still coming down so hard that if we went
        > farther than a few feet from the shelter we could not see the
        > building.
        > So much for a great veiw of the valley. In the afternoon the sun
        > broke out of the clouds and for a breif moment we could see Half Dome
        > sticking out and El Capitain also but nothing below us. Then the
        > storm erased the view and we went back into the tent. The next day we
        > were supposed to be heading down the Four Mile trail to the valley.
        > But the next day was as bad if not worse than the day before. The
        > snow had buried the building and our tent in a snow drift. After
        > digging out and packing up the tent and gear we decided to hike back
        > towards Badger Pass, as the route to the Four Mile trail was blocked
        > by high drifts and it is steep at the top.
        > But soon the weather cleared and we hoped we could make good time
        > going down the road. But again by mid afternoon the storm had come
        > back and we were again stopped by it. We sat up the tent and huddled
        > in. Our gear and clothing being soaked and frozen. The weather did
        > not let up and we ended up staying our 6th night on the rim.
        > The next day the snow was falling fast and we could not see to go
        > down the trail together. We decided that we would take turns walking
        > without our pack on to break trail thru the deep snow. It was about 5-
        > 6 feet deep and deeper where the snow was in drifts. So we took turns
        > most of the day and each walked about a couple hundred yards out and
        > back. I once fell in the snow and it took me a half hour to swim my
        > way back to my feet.
        > We made it 4 miles that day back to the ski area. We still had 3
        > miles to go and we sat up the tent. The next day our seventh we woke
        > to clear blue skies where you could see it thru the trees. But one of
        > the English guys boots had frozen solid during the night. He could
        > not put them on so wee tried to get a fire going to warm them but
        > could not as evry bit of wood was too damp or frozen.
        > So we stayed in the tent with hopes that the sun would warm up the
        > ground and we could get on our way. It did and the other guy and I
        > donated all our spare socks to the frozen boots guy and he strapped
        > his snowshoes over the thick layer of sock and we got on down the
        > road.
        > About an hour later we heard a helicopter go back and forth over us.
        > Then over its load speaker a ranger told us to go to the next
        > clearing and stay put. We did and after about a half hour they can
        > back. It took them another half hour to try to land as the snow blew
        > up when the blades got close to the ground.
        > We finally got to the helicopter and were on our way to Yosemite
        > valley.
        > At the valley floor they took us to the clinic and ran some tests to
        > see how we faired. My body temperture had dropped to 93 degrees and
        > the doctor told me I would not have survived another night.
        > WE had only planned on five days worth of water and food so we had
        > gone 2 days without anything to eat and we had melted water in water
        > bottles in our sleeping bags at night while we slept.
        > So I almost had died twice on that trip, once almost stepping off a
        > 2000 foot cliff and second if I had died from hypothermia.
        > I have never since experienced anything like that. And hope I never
        > do.
      Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.