Lady found in mountains after 49 days

 

In northern Nevada a couple got the van stuck in the mountains, the husband took off looking for help-- with the GPS. Lady survived for 49 days and is in the hospital. The husband has not been found yet.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/08/rita-chretien-missi...

Sounds like another -- "The GPS said to go that way"

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Not sure what they were

Not sure what they were doing in northeast Nevada... and why would one wonder away from the highway in search of "help"? You're more likely to be found on a highway than in the deep wilderness.

Otherwise, the fact that the woman survived almost 2 months is a mere miracle, hopefully later the same can be said for her husband.

Make a route from Baker

Make a route from Baker City, OR, to Las Vegas, NV then choose the "shortest" route and you will see why they were there. The county she was found in is the northern most in NV and is as large as most eastern states.

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They

They lived in the interior of British Columbia, in a city called Penticton. The Fastest route from their home to Las Vegas would route them to Twin Falls Idaho (where she is now in the hospital, I think)and then south on US 93 through northern Nevada. My wife and I just took that route from Las Vegas going north, a couple of weeks ago.

Having just seen the news pictures of their van on a mountain back road, how they got there is another question. It's really hard to get lost just staying on US93. It's taken by many thousands of Canadian "snowbirds" every fall and spring as we escape winter grin

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the report on TV

nick2008 wrote:

Not sure what they were doing in northeast Nevada...

The report on the TV news stated they decided to take a "scenic" route which could explain why they were off the main highway.

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Judgment goes out the window

nick2008 wrote:

Not sure what they were doing in northeast Nevada... and why would one wonder away from the highway in search of "help"? You're more likely to be found on a highway than in the deep wilderness.

You're right, of course, but when things start to go south, it's not unusual for people to get goofy and make worse decisions trying to recover from earlier errors. "Cascading failures of judgment." You may think you would be smarter, but until you've gone through it or been trained to go through it, you can't be sure. If hypothermia sets in, judgment can really go downhill. People in their situation have wandered away from their vehicles in aimless circles in deep snow, and as their body temperature drops, thinking they're overheating, they shed some or all of their clothing before lying down to die in the snow.

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Shortest Route

t923347 wrote:

They lived in the interior of British Columbia, in a city called Penticton. The Fastest route from their home to Las Vegas would route them to Twin Falls Idaho (where she is now in the hospital, I think)and then south on US 93 through northern Nevada. My wife and I just took that route from Las Vegas going north, a couple of weeks ago.

Having just seen the news pictures of their van on a mountain back road, how they got there is another question. It's really hard to get lost just staying on US93. It's taken by many thousands of Canadian "snowbirds" every fall and spring as we escape winter grin

The police released a video of the last known place they were, and that was Baker City, OR. That's why I suggested creating a route from there.

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Simple

It's simple to understand how they got onto that road. There are a LOT of REALLY STUPID people in the world.

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Carpe diem

thrak wrote:

It's simple to understand how they got onto that road. There are a LOT of REALLY STUPID people in the world.

I'm guessing you are not over 60! When you reach that magic number you will see that simple choices become more difficult. If they are to be charged with anything then let it be that they made every day count.

Bob

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Hold on there just one dang minute!

RWoodcock wrote:
thrak wrote:

It's simple to understand how they got onto that road. There are a LOT of REALLY STUPID people in the world.

I'm guessing you are not over 60! When you reach that magic number you will see that simple choices become more difficult. If they are to be charged with anything then let it be that they made every day count.

Bob

Wait a minute, wait a minute! What do you mean "over 60". I hope you're speaking for yourself. I find simple decisions still very simple. Maybe 'cause I'm simple minded. (=:

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If only they had SPOT wth them

If they had only had Spot with them, they both would have been saved. I have one and look at it as cheap life insurance. I carry it on road trips and when trail riding on the ATV. If you don't know about it (I am in no way connected with the company other than subscriber)...
http://international.findmespot.com/

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shortest route

phranc wrote:

Make a route from Baker City, OR, to Las Vegas, NV then choose the "shortest" route and you will see why they were there. The county she was found in is the northern most in NV and is as large as most eastern states.

That's why I never use shortest route, I did it once in Missouri and the GPS wanted to take me on every gravel road in the county. I can imagine what would happen in the western mountain states.

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Re:Simple

thrak wrote:

It's simple to understand how they got onto that road. There are a LOT of REALLY STUPID people in the world.

It is hard to be humble when you are perfect,but try.

Geez

mdh31951 wrote:

It is hard to be humble when you are perfect,but try.

No doubt. Certainly no shortage of "Man Tracker"s here. We do seem to be falling a bit short on compassion, though.

Would be wise to re-read dagarmin's info about hypothermia effects as well.

I personally aspire to be able to survive 49 days without planning for it, like the wife did. I'd bet most (at ANY age) wouldn't make it.

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You KNEW it was coming!

B.C. woman blames GPS for getting couple lost

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/05/11/nevada-chretie...

You really can't fix stupid!

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Age doesn't matter

RWoodcock wrote:
thrak wrote:

It's simple to understand how they got onto that road. There are a LOT of REALLY STUPID people in the world.

I'm guessing you are not over 60! When you reach that magic number you will see that simple choices become more difficult. If they are to be charged with anything then let it be that they made every day count.

Bob

Close enough. I'm 58 and my wife will turn 60 in November. Being older doesn't have a lot to do with being stupid.

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Quite Interesting..

jerry37660 wrote:

If they had only had Spot with them, they both would have been saved. I have one and look at it as cheap life insurance. I carry it on road trips and when trail riding on the ATV. If you don't know about it (I am in no way connected with the company other than subscriber)...
http://international.findmespot.com/

I went to their web site. Quite interesting all the various applications they have equipment for.

Nuvi1300WTGPS

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Must not have been...

jwc3006 wrote:

In northern Nevada a couple got the van stuck in the mountains, the husband took off looking for help-- with the GPS. Lady survived for 49 days and is in the hospital. The husband has not been found yet.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/08/rita-chretien-missi...

Sounds like another -- "The GPS said to go that way"

a Garmin!

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Another one for the Lawyers

As if Garmin hasn't dumbed down the GPS enough, here's another "protect our tail" navigation change they'll have to make. "Are you sure you want to navigate off the Interstate?"

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