Missing hikers found

Called for rescue on their cellphone. Look: I’m glad they are safe, but volunteers found them after an hour most of which, I suspect, was spent hiking up to them. I don’t know the circumstances, but I’ll speculate that they went into the woods unprepared to spend the night and probably lacked a compass and a map. If I were Czar, I’d let buffoons like this spend the night out on a warm August night before ordering out the troops.

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  1. Anonymous

    “I’d let buffoons like this spend the night out on a warm August night”

    And you’d wake up in the morning with egg on your face after the family was found mauled to death by a mountain lion.

  2. Anonymous

    Eh, not with three little kids. C’mon now.

    • Start a fire, build a shelter and sit tight. And next time, learn how to navigate.And yeah,of course you go rescue a six-year-old. I’ve served on search teams for dumb hunters and I’d certainly go help a kid. But think of the lesson those kids would have learned from the experience of spending an uncomfortable night in the woods: don’t trust your idiot mother and join the Boy Scouts and learn how to deal with the woods. Invaluable.

  3. Last Liberal Standing

    CF, I suspected there was a “thin-out-the-herd” component to your original message. Sure enough, you went Darwin on us.

  4. Libertarian Advocate

    Dopes. If they had an iPhone, there are great apps out there that would have brought them home fast. No iPhone, get a handheld GPS. They’re very reasonably priced now.

  5. anon

    I can’t decide how I feel about this story – first, let’s give the mother some credit for taking the kids hiking and not sitting home playing video games. that counts for something. okay, so she got lost. and if she’s that inexperienced to not to know to bring a compass or a map, had she set a fire for overnight warmth, her luck she would have burned down the whole forest. she didn’t jeopardize her children’s safety in any way, so cut her a little slack. maybe the fire department was bored that day anyway and wanted a good story to tell their families over dinner. No harm to anyone. I DO think I’d send a bill to the woman for the fireman’s labor, letting her know that she should have been more prepared.

    • Anon, I’m pretty much with you on this – I over reacted. i wouldn’t even send her a bill for the rescue mission, but if you don’t know what you’re doing in the woods, don’t leave the trail!

  6. anon2

    As a mother, my first thought was that one of the kids ran off the trail and the group became lost once they all caught up and could not find their way back to the trail. However, when I looked at the YMCA Camp Sloper map and a Bing map, my guess is that they intentionally went off trail in order to go to a scenic view/rock outcrop above the camp trails. Once the sun set, they couldn’t find their way back down. I don’t think a map/compass/GPS would have helped them. Common sense would have told them to follow the huge overhead power lines back down, as these run through the camp.

    I fear that the lesson learned from this experience is to call 911 when you’re lost in the woods rather than preparing properly for the hike.

  7. Lls2

    If you can call 911 from the woods, then you aren’t really in the woods.

    We’ve become a nation of imbeciles

  8. Last Liberal Standing

    I see you’ve relented somewhat, but I can’t let this line go:

    “think of the lesson those kids would have learned from the experience of spending an uncomfortable night in the woods: don’t trust your idiot mother ”

    “Don’t trust your idiot mother” is a tough (and questionable) lesson for a child to learn, don’t you think? A slippery slope, perhaps? Once the kid has learned that mom’s an idiot not to be trusted in the woods, how will we prevent the generalizing of the lesson to cover ALL venues? We wouldn’t want a society of young people who consider their parents idiots, would we?

  9. CatoRenasci

    @LLS – “We wouldn’t want a society of young people who consider their parents idiots, would we?”

    Only if the parents are liberals.

  10. AmyT

    I think that if you’re attacked in your home, the 911 operator should ask if you’ve left a door open. If you answer “yes”, you should be left to fend for yourself.

    Similar logic.

  11. Lls2

    Lots of sarcasm here.