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    A Rescue Question

    Recent rescues have referred to the "piggy back" carry as a method of victim transport.

    Is this what it sounds like... the victim hoisted up on the back of a rescuer and carried for a significant distance (possibly uphill)?

    I've hauled some heavy packs in my day, but not equal to the weight of an adult human (130lbs plus).

    My Question: What kind of superheros do we have assisting with rescues in NH?!?!
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    I would say probably yes.

    Saw this post over on twitter a few weeks ago. Speaks for itself ...

    https://twitter.com/scottvanlaer/sta...39056543772677

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    I assume there is a limit to this method and the circumstances. I wouldn't want to get in an argument with a guy that could piggy back my 6'3" 230 lb frame out of the Whites. I suppose someone could do it. I'm impressed just seeing the AMC hut crew people going up and down the trails with those wooden supply "backpacks".
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    This was once very common, when prefab litters were unknown. If you had multiple rescuers you'd take turns, or have two of them do a "chair carry" (linking arms). In those days normal woodsman's equipment included a saw or hatchet, so you could build a litter or travois (semi-sledge), but that's very hard to manage on a slope without a big team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    Recent rescues have referred to the "piggy back" carry as a method of victim transport.

    Is this what it sounds like... the victim hoisted up on the back of a rescuer and carried for a significant distance (possibly uphill)?

    I've hauled some heavy packs in my day, but not equal to the weight of an adult human (130lbs plus).

    My Question: What kind of superheros do we have assisting with rescues in NH?!?!
    I had a grot of friends piggyback someone off Field a few years ago. She had hurt her ankle and needed help. They took turns and got her down fairly quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    I assume there is a limit to this method and the circumstances. I wouldn't want to get in an argument with a guy that could piggy back my 6'3" 230 lb frame out of the Whites. I suppose someone could do it. I'm impressed just seeing the AMC hut crew people going up and down the trails with those wooden supply "backpacks".
    I am in the same boat! I had a friend on the PVSAR team and he said one time they had to haul out large Scandinavian woman who probably weighed 200 lbs, and that it was quite a lot of work! I think of him whenever I approach a tricky area as I don't want to become the example of a difficult rescue.
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