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Hmmm, I had not heard about this. We've hiked and backpacked extensively in that area. Here's a view from the AT along Bigelow Ridge, overlooking Flagstaff Lake as seen at the top of your map:



While its fairly rugged through there, its not really that remote...

 

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Well at least her wishes were followed up on. Albiet 2 years too late.
A person without a natural sense of direction should not be in the woods alone.
A person like that could get lost in a city but it would not be as dangerous as there are people to ask directions of.
Oh, and your text would probably go through.
 

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Sad:(

However, as the article say..."she had a lousy sense of direction" ...That sez it all...nothing beats a Great Compass, and Quality GPS...however, at 66 years old...even I would not venture out in a place like that without a solid set of Self Help tools...Hell, even then I doubt if I would give it a go....
 

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Unfortunately it was an understandable outcome given the individual and the circumstances. Not everyone has the situational awareness that many of us take for granted. I'm sure we all could propose alternate happy endings if only she had done this, or that. However the sad reality is she lacked basic outdoor survival instincts and skills. Give her credit that she did not panic. :(
 

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Just a by note. Wear a watch with hands. It can give you a close proximity to south. By pointing the hour hand at the sun, half way between the hour hand and 12 0''clock is south. At least it will keep you going in a straight line. The closer to the equator the better the results. In the far north it doesn't work well as the sun goes around you, not over.
 

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In all reality she did EXACTLY what she was supposed to do when hopelessly lost. She stayed put rather than wandering further into the unknown. I have no earthly idea how she was NOT found within 30 day's before she finally died. She was not that far off the well marked trail and I would have expected a helicopter with I.R capabilities to have spotted her. If anyone here ever gets lost in the wilderness build and maintain a fire and keep material that creates a lot of smoke handy "pine boughs work well" to throw onto the fire if you hear helicopters or planes nearby. Also, carry a safety whistle and signal mirror and use them often when lost. The sound of a whistle can, depending on terrain, carry up to a mile. Weather permitting, high ground is your friend when lost but do not leave yourself overly exposed to the elements.


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Just a by note. Wear a watch with hands. It can give you a close proximity to south. By pointing the hour hand at the sun, half way between the hour hand and 12 0''clock is south. At least it will keep you going in a straight line. The closer to the equator the better the results. In the far north it doesn't work well as the sun goes around you, not over.
That is amazing! Will be out with watch and compass today to marvel at this.

Also this north of the Tropic of Cancer:

If you have nothing but the sun, when the sun is at its highest points in the day it is due south. Put your spine to the sun and stretch your arms out , looking straight ahead is north, west is left hand (they rhyme to remember) east is right hand.

(Tropic of Cancer bisects Mexico, lies just North of Cuba and bisects India as a reference.)
 
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Exactly. As sad as this story is there must be more to it. How did she not be found?


In all reality she did EXACTLY what she was supposed to do when hopelessly lost. She stayed put rather than wandering further into the unknown. I have no earthly idea how she was NOT found within 30 day's before she finally died. She was not that far off the well marked trail and I would have expected a helicopter with I.R capabilities to have spotted her. If anyone here ever gets lost in the wilderness build and maintain a fire and keep material that creates a lot of smoke handy "pine boughs work well" to throw onto the fire if you hear helicopters or planes nearby. Also, carry a safety whistle and signal mirror and use them often when lost. The sound of a whistle can, depending on terrain, carry up to a mile. Weather permitting, high ground is your friend when lost but do not leave yourself overly exposed to the elements.


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