Category: Camping/Survival


A hiker whose remains were discovered last year survived at least 26 days after getting lost in western Maine, kept a journal of her ordeal and resigned herself to the idea that it could be years before her remains were found, according to investigatory documents.

Geraldine Largay, who was from Brentwood, Tennessee, hiked to higher ground in a failed attempt to get a cellphone signal, and text messages sent to her husband went undelivered, the documents show. She was walking from West Virginia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, a section of the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail.

“When you find my body, please call my husband George … and my daughter Kerry,” Largay, who was 66, wrote in a page that was torn out of her journal. “It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead where you found me — no matter how many years from now.”

The Maine warden service released more than 1,500 pages of documents on Wednesday in response to Freedom of Access Act requests by several media organizations.

Largay got lost after leaving the trail on 22 July 2013, to relieve herself, wardens said. Her texts to her husband warning that she had become lost were never delivered.

After she missed a rendezvous with her husband, he reported her missing on 24 July, setting off a search by the Maine warden service and other agencies. Documents indicate they interviewed dozens of witnesses and conducted several searches over two years.

The last entry in Largay’s journal was on 18 August 2013. The medical examiner determined she died of starvation and exposure.

Her husband, George Largay, told wardens that his wife was fulfilling a long-held ambition to walk a section of the Appalachian Trail. She had started with a travelling companion, but the other hiker left the trail because of a family emergency.

It was more than two years after she went missing that her remains were found 3,000 feet from the trail by a contractor conducting a forestry survey on property owned by the US Navy in Redington.

The property where Largay’s body was recovered in October 2015 is part of a US Navy survival skills training facility. The Navy uses the area for its survival program.

Largay’s tent was collapsed, and her body was inside.

The items found with her included toothpaste, baby powder, a first aid kit, cord twine, a pencil and pen and a paper trail map. The battery on her cellphone was dead, but investigators were able to retrieve the data.

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Source: Hiker who went missing on Appalachian Trail survived 26 days before dying | US news | The Guardian

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Avalanches killed 35 climbers on Mount Everest the past two years — including 16 in one devastating day in 2014. At least one person has died climbing the mountain in Nepal every year since 1900.
And now the 2016 climbing season has claimed its first victims.
Since last Thursday four people have died on the 29,035-foot peak, including a Sherpa. Rescue efforts are ongoing for two other missing climbers.
“Everest is a mountain of extremes,” said Jon Kedrowski, a geographer and climber who summited Mount Everest in 2012, when 10 climbers died. “At altitude, the body deteriorates on a certain level.
The recent deaths — coming so quickly on the heels of one another — have rattled climbers who are beginning their descent as the Everest climbing season nears its end. April and May are the most common months to attempt a climb because there tends to be less wind. Regardless, the climate on the mountain is brutal. Temperatures range from -31 to -4 Fahrenheit.
April was the first month of climbing since all ascent was halted after the catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 and a deadly avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas in one day in 2014. More than 200 climbers have died since Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent in 1953.
And yet the hopefuls keep coming. More than 400 people have attempted the Everest climb this season, including 288 foreigners and more than 100 Sherpas and guides, said Sudarshan Dhakal, director of the Nepal Tourism Department. That’s more than the average for previous seasons, he said.

Source: Four climbers dead on Everest, ‘mountain of extremes’ – CNN.com

Maria Strydom, 34, was among 30 climbers including her husband who fell ill or suffered from frostbite as they tried up the world’s tallest peak over the weekend.

She and her husband were planning to scale seven of the world’s peaks to prove vegans were not “malnourished and weak”.

But the South African academic tragically died after she was forced to turn back on the final leg of her epic journey.

She is also the third mountaineer to die in the first Everest climbing season since a major earthquake rocked Nepal last year.

Dr Strydom, a lecturer at Monash University in Mebourne, Australia, was an experienced climber who had previously scaled several vast mountain tops – inclusion Mount Ararat in Turkey.

Joined by husband Robert Gropel, the couple were attempting to climb the highest peak in each of the seven continents to disprove claims vegans often struggle with extreme activities.

In a post on her university’s website in March, she said: “It seems that people have this warped idea of vegans being malnourished and weak.

Source: Academic climbing Everest in vegan mission died before reaching summit | World | News | Daily Express

The bodies of a renowned American climber and an expedition cameraman have been found more than 16 years after they were killed in an avalanche in the Himalayas.

Climbers attempting to reach the summit of Shishapangma in Tibet discovered the bodies of Alex Lowe and David Bridges encased in ice on a glacier.

The bodies had clothing and backpacks that matched the gear Mr Lowe and Mr Bridges were wearing when they disappeared in 1999, the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation said in a statement.

The pair died after they were swept away during a trek that aimed to ski down the 26,291ft (8,013m) peak – the world’s 14th highest.

A third climber, Conrad Anker, was injured but survived.

NBC News reported that the bodies were found last week.

In a statement, Mr Lowe’s widow Jenni Lowe-Anker said: “Alex and David vanished, were captured and frozen in time. Now they are found.

“We are thankful. Conrad, the boys and I will make our pilgrimage to Shishapangma. It is time to put Alex to rest.”

Mr Anker, who married Mr Lowe’s widow in 2001, said the discovery “brings closure and relief for me and Jenni and for our family”.

Mr Lowe’s accomplishments included two climbs to the top of Mount Everest, several first ascents in Antarctica and dozens of less prominent but highly technical ascents.

The foundation bearing his name provides advice and financial support to humanitarian programmes that operate in remote parts of the world.

Source: Bodies Of Famed Climbers Found 16 Years On

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