The search and eventual rescue of hiker Derek Mamoyac on Mount Adams in southern Washington featured prominently in the news earlier this month.
Mount Adams Hiker Survives
You need to read this; many of us hike at high elevations, and injury is always a risk. Of course, Derek was also hiking alone. If he had a companion, things would have been much different.
(Gotta point out that Derek was eventually found by a search-and-rescue dog that just happened to be a golden retriever. Some of you may know that I’m quite fond of the breed, and that my Molly is a twelve-year-old golden. Here she is on the Pacific Crest Trail on the way to Deadfall Lakes.)
This whole affair brings up questions about hiking alone. Do you do it? If so, what precautions do you take? If you are day-hiking, do you bring warm clothes and some sort of shelter, like a poncho or space blanket?