posted on Jan, 15 2013 @ 12:33 PM
I have read all of the previous posts and I am still unsure what to make of this. For right now, I think it is a simple tragedy, however I woudl like
to bring up the points in my head that want me to beleive it was something of a cover-up related to DoD work.
First, let me state that I do a lot of hiking with my 3 yr old son and I am in my early 40's but a long time ago received an Eagle Scout award. I
have not ever been in the military but have done some DoD work in San Diego at the Naval Space and War Command Center as a clearance-badged civilian
programmer. So, I put myself in his shoes for a moment....
I go to a cabin with my kids, drop off some things in the room, tell the hotel staff all is well and we are heading out on a short walk. Being a
Scoutmaster or involved in scouting, I know my kids would want to see the pro-scouting way of being prepared, so I fill a small backpack with the most
essential items like first-aid kit, extra protien/energy bars, lightweight rain ponchos (these plastic sheets work pretty well at holding heat in or
can be made into crude emergency shelter /wind blocks), Flashlight(s) you never know when you might want to explore a cave or look in a stump etc..
matches in a waterproof container, my survival knife, compass (check heading before setting out and write it down) and a few warm outter layers, plus
enough water for each person for at least 1.5 times the intended trip duration or look on maps to gain knowledge of springs/streams if trip length a
long one. Add to that, my cell phone and an external battery/solar panel for extended emergency use, if possible since I rarely have signals where I
hike. I check my watch and look at the sun's position in the sky relative to nightfall, I know the sun is down @ 5PM today and it is 11AM now, so
2PM should be my turn-back time if I wish to return before complete darkness sets in. Set reminder alarm, ok, now we're off....
We are out for a while and the weather seems ok we make it to our turnback location (unless hiking a loop) and get going back. A person stops and asks
if we need a ride back, I look at my watch and say "No thank you after assessing the kids energy" (What did the driver have in order to carry the
folks, a horse? ATV?, Did this other person sense the kids were lagging or something?) . We carry onward and start slowing down a little, darkness
arrives and no sign of the turn off. (if this were me, I'd be checking the compass reference dto initial starting point to assess if we overshot the
turnoff or my GPS(which my kids would not know I have) for a waypoint taken ).
We keep going and we eventually are a few hours past the expected return time, weather is changing for the worse, I am feeling exhausted and
hypothermic. My gut tells me I am lost somehow, I would build a fire and get warmth & rest for our group. Maybe someone will see it but at least we
could have something to focus on and maybe get heat.
Question, why wouldn't an experienced person want to show his kids how to make a fire and survive? Is this a pride thing, too proud to admit they
were lost?, surely, he must have told them at some point.
This just seems fishy to me, he should have been able to at least build a fire as Scout Leader and an ex Airforce personnel. I mean he must have
learned basic skills in case his plane went down or something.
Now, I will throw a little ATS conspiracy int he mix:
I have not seen the actual print article where the media or sheriff or whomever talked to the stranger who offerd the ride but, what if, that person
had the right gear to haul them into the woods and dump them?
I don't really know but I do not believe he didn't try the fire/shelter thing. You can build it all out of sticks and leaves or find a hollowed
tree trunk or other natural overhanging rock / cave etc... we will never know but I hope folks learn the dangers that can be had from a "walk in the