I have been asked to share with you some of the experiences I have had with under prepared hikers. I must say that there is not one story that stands out, but a mixture of stories.
My first experience has to do with snow and ice. For some reason, when it snows, more people show up then when it rains. I will give an example of hiking up here this year. We came up March 12th. The top of the mountain has a good 2 feet of snow. Chris and I were about 20 minutes from the lodge when we passed three college kids hiking down. They either had on blue jeans and tennis shoes or, as one kid was wearing, tennis shoes, no socks, and shorts. I know people think, " Nothing is going to happen to me". If something had happened, they could have died from hypothermia. It is so important to be prepared in weather like that. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have seen people hike up in the snow wearing blue jeans and tennis shoes.
Another example involves staying with your hiking group. We have had many instances, on top of the mountain, were kids have hiked in front of their parents and become separated. There are many turn offs on the top and kids may not pay attention to the trail signs. It is so important for children to stay with in view.
These are few of the emergencies I have come across while living up top. I have many more examples and I will hang on to those for another day. If there are other subjects you would like me to address, feel free to email me and I will see what I can do.
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