Mahoosuc Notch NH, An Unfortunate Trip Report, 7/15/09

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    Thumbs up Mahoosuc Notch NH, An Unfortunate Trip Report, 7/15/09

    Billski's unfortunate adventure

    http://www.sunjournal.com/node/35994/

    All I can say is that the rescue team was top-notch, competent, responsive, capable and compassionate. I was overwhelmed by their support and response while I was at an ultimate low. Kudos have been dispatched as I convalesce. They definitely saved me and I intend to thank them personally.

    Sent from my TACPOD (Tactical Airborne Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Pod) using Satellite TADIL J Alternate Gateway Controller (Alternate STGC) via Blackjack

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    Wow Bill, that's some story. Hypothermia and everything! Glad you came out alright. Here's to a speedy recovery.
    Whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly.

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    Glad you're okay

    One of the through hikers didn't happen to be a red headed fellow named Phil from Washington DC? He's a very good friend who is doing the AT right now and would have been in that area around that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Glad you're okay

    One of the through hikers didn't happen to be a red headed fellow named Phil from Washington DC? He's a very good friend who is doing the AT right now and would have been in that area around that time.
    They were "Root Beer Float" (Steve Parrish) and "Ninja Bear Blue" (Dave Evans), both of Georgia.

    There may be "trail magic", but these two were 'trail saints."

    http://www.sunjournal.com/node/36456/
    Sent from my TACPOD (Tactical Airborne Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Pod) using Satellite TADIL J Alternate Gateway Controller (Alternate STGC) via Blackjack

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    Quote Originally Posted by wa-loaf View Post
    Wow Bill, that's some story. Hypothermia and everything! Glad you came out alright. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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    Glad you made it out Bill!

    How are you feeling now?

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    wow Bill..you could have died..you are a lucky man..

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    It could have been worse. I am cognitively with-it, thinking, talking, processing just fine, though still fatigued. I fell 6-9 feet and landed smack on the right side of my skull. I had brain bleed, inner ear bleed, cracked skull, lacerations and loss of hearing on one side. Sounds bad, huh? Unbelievably I am expected to recover completely without surgery. My wife escorts me through the house as the wooziness and hearing loss persists. The pain has subsided for the most part.

    It took 2 1/2 hours to get me off the rocks and get a 911 signal, a total of 8 1/2 hours till I was off the mountain , another hour on a 4x4 ambulance over logging roads and 2 days in ICU. Been interviewed by reporters, on national newswire and on Boston TV. Not the kind of attention I had aspired to. The GPS was tracking the whole time, I just pulled out the unit and mapped the rescue onto Google Earth, it's pretty interesting to decompose. It's been quite a ride.. But to my wife's disappointment, I'm still eager to get back up the mountain....

    Some images are here
    http://www.iabsi.com/ski/2009/2009-07-15-Mahoosuc/

    Followup story here: http://www.sunjournal.com/node/36456/



    Thanks for the vibes.
    Sent from my TACPOD (Tactical Airborne Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence Pod) using Satellite TADIL J Alternate Gateway Controller (Alternate STGC) via Blackjack

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    Good Luck, Bill! And take it easy until ski season!! I'm headed up this weekend to that general area for a day hike. Might want to see a good chiropracter to get things put back from the impact. Glad you're around and coherent enough to talk about it!
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