- May 10, 2005
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http://www.conwaydailysun.com/index.php/newsx/local-news/110386-rescue-121013 Sounds like they plan to make these folks pay for the rescue.
Will the publicity in Quebec be 1) don't hike unprepared (good), 2) don't hike in NH (some would say good but tourist businesses would disagree), or 3) don't call for rescue (SAR groups may be unhappy)
They all carried backpacks with extra clothing, food and water. Only the more prepared members carried extra clothing, bivvy gear, goggles and flashlights.
Do the Montreal papers carry stories regarding NH's propensity to charge for rescues?
FWIW - 3 or 4 years ago a friend & I "tested" the feasibility of using the Cog RR as an escape route, and found it viable since the new power/utility lines were put in. The road/route weaves back and forth under the cog, but it's quite doable. As you might imagine, it's rather steep, and you may be walking into the teeth of the wind, but ... it would be tough to get lost, and it is the fastest way down.
Leaving your plans with someone else is a double-edged sword (and I think officialdom tends to forget/ignore the back edge...).These threads on rescues get me thinking. I do not carry Bivi gear and do not leave my plans with anyone. If I got rescued would I be charged given the criteria I keep hearing about? I mean you know those Hike Safe posters, they list leaving plans with someone as a rule of thumb. With my experience, isnt it my right to hike the way I want? Its tough because Im not married. Many years ago, I left my plans with my Mom and the number to call. I got benighted in deep snow descending Boot spur after losing the trail, didnt hit the road till 11.00pm. Luckely she held off on calling ( knowing me she hung tough). But the whole time Im suffering out there, Im stuck thinking of poor old mom sitting by the phone. After that I just go and dont bother telling anyone.
I thought there were some spots along the tracks that would not be walkable, like the huge trestle over Jacob's ladder or whatever that big chasm is called. Is there a roadway under/alongside the tracks all the way down? Haven't rode the Cog in 20 years. I always wondered if the tracks were buried in snow or kept clear for some purpose (the tracks near top are only 2' or so above ground so I assume they get buried unless maintained). How tall are the power/utility lines you reference? I don't recall seeing from Jewell Trail/Gulfside Trail and I don't recall anything along the tracks as you approach from this direction and cut across them on the way to/from summit.
Can you expand a little on what you followed exactly? Appreciate it.
For awhile the Cog was running a ski train where they took you to tree line and you skied back along the tracks - skiing elsewhere being forbidden by the Forest Service. I would imagine this section was put in better shape at least initially.The swath of land they cleared for the burial forms a rough, but passable, road-sized path. Given the environment, it's not going to grow in during our lifetimes on the upper stretch, even if they make no effort to keep it clear. I don't know if it will be kept brushed out down low.
Leaving your plans with someone else is a double-edged sword (and I think officialdom tends to forget/ignore the back edge...).
These days cell phones can sometimes get a message out (either to hold off sounding the alarm or to call for help yourself) and there are sat phones, PLBs, SPOTs, etc.
I similarly have no one to leave plans with. One can leave a copy of one's plans in the car so if the officials get curious about the car they can get an idea about what to do about you.
I generally try to carry enough gear to survive the night if I am immobilized. And I was "smart" enough to wait until I was within cellphone coverage before I broke my leg (BC skiing). I had everything needed to stabilize me onsite in my pack until the evac crew arrived.
I tell my mom about my trips after I come back--and she prefers it that way (particularly back when I was technical climbing...).
I consider my phone to be emergency gear--it is normally turned off and buried in my pack. It rarely comes out to play...I also carry x'tra gear and do think I could survive a night out and be fine. I never carried my phone before, but now I do, mostly for videos and pics, but its there. I don't leave anything on my car as I'm worried it would invite a break in. My truck was broken onto awhile back and I lost some treasured gear.
For awhile the Cog was running a ski train where they took you to tree line and you skied back along the tracks - skiing elsewhere being forbidden by the Forest Service. I would imagine this section was put in better shape at least initially.