View Full Version : Hiker dies on the Long Trail in Fayston

B the Hiker
05-07-2014, 12:55 PM

A fellow VFTT friend posted this on her Facebook page, but I haven't seen it posted here yet.

There is much grist for the mill in this one. The rescue crews have been quite busy these last few days!


05-07-2014, 01:19 PM
What a huge tragedy, my heart goes out to his family and friends. Just such a bummer.

05-07-2014, 03:46 PM
That is terrible. His family must have felt completely helpless.

05-07-2014, 05:35 PM
Oh man... that is awful. I feel like the kid did what I would do for help (call friends and family first). I wonder what the experience level was. It is very hard to realize you are becoming hypothermic.

Tom Rankin
05-07-2014, 06:44 PM
That is terrible. His family must have felt completely helpless.Yes, it's terrible, but his family should have called 911 immediately. I hope this is not a case of the family fearing being charged for a rescue.

05-07-2014, 07:25 PM
This is definitely terrible news. My question though is why was he carrying 70 pounds of gear?

05-07-2014, 07:50 PM
This is certainly a tragedy and I wish my most sincere condolences to this person's friends and family.

As far as the weight of his pack goes we can only speculate (which is typically foolhardy), but here I go in an attempt to answer the aforementioned question.

My guess is that he had more gear than most of us would carry but as a result of hypothermia could not think clearly enough to utilize the life saving equipment he likely had with him.

In my experience those with extremely heavy packs are either those who bring more than what they truly need due to lack of field testing or are those who bring enough equipment to save their own life and some doubles on gear (headlamps, extra batteries, back-up snowshoes, etc). I'm certainly not saying that those who bring more than one item of various types of equipment are making a mistake but merely offering a second plausible explanation for a very heavy pack.

My intent is not to steer this thread into an "overpacking vs. underpacking" discussion, but I thought I would offer some sort of response to the previous post.

My condolences again,


B the Hiker
05-08-2014, 08:48 AM
He was missing a shoe when they found him.