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    missing hiker - body found

    CNN story I hope this has a good ending.

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    Oh man, that story gave me the shivers . . . I hope they find her safe and sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sli74
    Oh man, that story gave me the shivers . . . I hope they find her safe and sound.

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    Me too. Vibes for the family and the searchers, I hope they find her well, and soon.
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    I just watched the local news station's report on this. She a blue belt in a type of karate that specializes in self defense as well as an experienced hiker. Here's to her safety.
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    I cant stand it when this stuff happens.
    I hope she is going to walk out soon
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    Just what every hiker needs. A large sheath attached to one leg! Is this the latest in winter gear???
    In one article it described the "sheath" as a police "baton" and they mentioned that a hiker had seen the "person of interest" hiking with a baton.
    One of the original articles stated that said "baton" was found on the ground near her car, along with her dog's leash.
    The problem is the media never seems to get the story straight. Depending on what report you are reading the facts keep changing.
    The police are not confirming the finding of the baton and
    "no foul play is suspected." ??? I really feel for those parents.
    I sure hope someone in that area knows who this character is and they have an APB out on that minivan.
    For her sake, I pray she and Ella are lost in the woods and will be found very soon. I wonder if the black lab would have the nose and skill to lead her back out. Sounds like they were both avid hikers.

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    It's weird

    In September we were on Mount Mansfield on the LT and there was this grizzled old guy with no teeth, an old pack and a yellow rain slicker who got up and leashed his dog when we approached. When we got near, I noticed he had a big hunting knife on his belt. I gave him the usual
    "G' mornin." and he growled at us. The guy, not the dog.

    I know it's very far-fetched, but I can't get him out of my mind now. I don't really remember the dog, but I don't think it would have matched the description at all. More huskie-ish, but I can't really picture it, just him.

    I hate this stuff, too. It never ends well. They never caught anyone when that woman was murdered in Pinkham Notch a few years back. Please be careful out there. There are a lot of creeps out there.

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    carole - thanks for the post. Be sure to post more if you see it.
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    These type of stories are so hard to read. And you're right, there are a lot of creeps out there. I just wonder what makes these low-life's brains work the way they do? I pray for the young lady and her family, that she is only lost and comes out of the woods soon.

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    I'm praying for the best here but judging from the story and what they've found so far, things do not sound good. It sounds like she is athletic and an experienced hiker. If she graduated from UGA she might very well be familiar with the trail; if that's the case, then there could be a very slim chance that she's lost.

    Has anybody here ever hiked that trail? How's the terrain?

    I pray that she somehow got lost and will soon be found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteMTHike
    Has anybody here ever hiked that trail? How's the terrain?

    I just read a comment on another forum by someone who claims he has hiked that trail many times and his comment was that is a pretty heavily used trail and not a trail you can get "lost" on.

    Hoping this turns out well but it doesn't look good.


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    Scary info in this Georga news link

    “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has entered the search and is exploring a possible link to the disappearance of two hikers in North Carolina….
    Cagle also confirmed GBI agents are talking to investigators handling the presumed murder of two hikers in North Carolina.
    John and Irene Bryant disappeared Oct. 20 while hiking in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest. Her body was found three weeks later; she had been beaten to death. Her husband is still missing.
    Someone wearing a yellow jacket used the couple's ATM card at a bank about an hour north of where Emerson was hiking.
    Police say Hilton was wearing a yellow jacket when he was seen talking to Emerson.”

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    Scary...

    As someone who is trying to get out there on some solo adventures, this puts a major damper on such hopes. It is not the outdoors and animals and elements that are scary it is people such as those in question. Ohhhh dear - I must say a prayer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HapyHkngSmile
    Scary...

    As someone who is trying to get out there on some solo adventures, this puts a major damper on such hopes. It is not the outdoors and animals and elements that are scary it is people such as those in question. Ohhhh dear - I must say a prayer...
    Do you own a BIG dog? If not, get one if you solo hike and take a RAD course. It can't hurt.
    When someone I don't know asks me if my Akita is friendly, (which she is), I reply..."let's put is this way, she can rise to the occasion". I also keep my distance from anyone I do not know on a trail and I keep my dog between us.I walk backwards away from them chatting until I reach a certain distance and then move on. I turn and check back again several times to make sure they are not stopped, or coming back toward me. None of this is fool proof but every little bit helps to give you some peace of mind.
    You would like trust everyone out there on a trail but the sad truth is, you just cannot.
    Someone analyzing crimes last evening mentioned that a big problem occurs when women become overconfident in their own strength and skills and let their guard down believing there isn't anything they cannot handle.
    They pointed out that it only takes one second if you turn your back to someone for them to hit you over the head and render you unconscious. The rest is history. You are completely defenseless.
    It can work to your advantage to exercise a certain amount of caution and be prepared. Keep your bag of tricks open and ready to use at a moments notice.
    I got away from a violent drugged/drunk in VT in the middle of the night. Quick thinking and my Akita deserve full credit for that one. He could never grab me because I kept her between us every step of the way. He also had not a clue that she was with me. I kept the light off so what a nice surprise that was for him when he rounded the corner in the dark and there she was!

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    First, I'd like to say I hope this woman gets home safely and is reunited with her family and friends.

    Second, I'd like to point out that dozens of people are murdered every day in this country, and the loss of any one of them is sad. The potential victim in this situation may have been a hiker, but we need to keep things in perspective. Lots of people get murdered in and around grocery stores. Does this mean you'll never buy a head of lettuce again, or get gasoline at a convenience store? No, but it does mean we (and that extends to men as well) need to pay some attention to our personal safety as we go about life. Not get hysterical, just pay attention.

    My hunch is that, from a statistical point of view, we're in FAR more danger of dying during the drive to/from the trailhead than we ever are on the trail.

    Don't loose your heads, people.

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