Missing Couple In Alpine County
A 46 year old female and her 44 year old boyfriend left Citrus Heights for Gardnerville on the afternoon of Thursday, November 29th. At the Highway 88/Highway 89 intersection they turned south onto Burnside Lake Rd. The boyfriend had recently bought a 1989 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 and wanted to test it out on the dirt roads of the area. Burnside Lake Rd. had been closed earlier that day by the Forest Service in anticipation of the approaching storm but the decision was made to drive around the closure and drive the road to Burnside Lake. They made it approximately six miles up the road before the Cherokee became stuck in mud. Family members had expected them in Gardnerville that evening so when they didn’t arrive they reported them missing. The boyfriend and girlfriend spent the night in the Jeep and on the morning of the 30th the boyfriend attempted to hike out to Highway 88 despite the girlfriend’s pleas for him to stay with her in the vehicle.
According to the Nevada Appeal, on the night of Friday, November 30th the family members contacted Douglas County 9-1-1 services, which acts as dispatch for Alpine County and asked them to search Burnside Lake. Apparently that message was passed on to Alpine County shortly after midnight.
According to SNOTEL sensors at Burnside Lake (8129 ft.) the area received 30 inches of snow on Saturday, December 1st. Meanwhile the girlfriend wrapped herself in a blanket and remained in the jeep eating snow and tomatoes she had received from a relative in Citrus Heights. On Monday, December 3rd, after waiting for three days for her boyfriend, she believed he was not going to return with help and she had to save herself. She left the vehicle and walked/crawled towards HIghway 88. According to KRNV out of Reno it seems the search was called off at some point on this same day. The girlfriend later told reporters that she passed her boyfriend’s deceased body about a mile from the Jeep as she was attempting to make her own way down the road.
On Wednesday, December 5th the missing party’s brother decided he was going to Burnside Lake. (Note to reader: This is where things get awesome) He commandeered a Caltrans front loader from a nearby sand shed and drove up Burnside Lake Rd. looking for the couple. He proceeded up the road for several miles where he eventually found his sister wrapped in a blanket, hypothermic and huddled in a hollowed out tree. He placed her in the bucket of the loader and drove back down the road to Sorensen’s Resort where they were met by emergency personnel who transported her to Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital.
“We couldn’t stop him, we just let him (the brother) do what he had to do,” the mp’s sister said. “He had a feeling. They have a special bond, they really do. It is an unusual bond, it is different than the one I have with my sister.” She is being treated for first degree frostbite and is expected to be released early next week.
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Missing Couple In Alpine County
Here is a list of items one should carry when traveling in the car during the winter. This is just a suggested list and can be added to depending on your situation.
1. Sleeping bag or two blankets for each occupant 2. Extra winter clothing, including gloves, boots and snow goggles, for each occupant 3. Emergency food 4. Metal cup 5. Waterproof matches 6. Long-burning candles, at least two 7. First-aid kit 8. Spare doses of personal medications 9. Swiss army knife or Leatherman-type multi-tool 10. Three 3-lb empty coffee cans with lids, for melting snow or sanitary purposes 11. Toilet paper 12. Cell phone and/or citizen’s band radio, with chargers 13. Portable radio receiver, with spare batteries 14. Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb 15. Battery booster cables and/or car battery recharging unit (plugs into cigarette lighter) 16. Extra quart of automobile oil (place some in hubcap and burn for emergency smoke signal) 17. Tire chains 18. Jack and spare tire 19. Road flares 20. Snow shovel 21. Windshield scraper and brush 22. Tow strap or chain 23. Small sack of sand or cat litter 24. Two plastic gallon drinking water jugs, full 25. Tool kit 26. Gas line deicer 27. Flagging, such as surveyor’s tape (tie to top of radio antenna for signal) 28. Duct tape 29. Notebook and pencil/marker 30. Long rope (e.g. clothesline) to act as safety rope if you leave car in blizzard 31. Carbon monoxide detector 32. Ax 33. Saw 34. Full tank of gas.
If you have any other suggestions please pass them along in the comment section.
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A lesson I have learned from some mountaineers is to select a child’s sleeping bag for light weight travel.
This may see odd but here is the reason for it. A child’s bag is lighter to carry, has less bulk and really only needs to cover your feet, knees and thighs. The mountaineers hood and big jacket will cover the rest of the body.
In a bug our situation or in a situation where weight is a big concern, this is a good match.
In other areas a back pack can be used in much the same manner to keep the lower extremities warm and dry.
Survival is not an act of being comfortable but sustaining life until you are rescued.
What happens if there is no rescue? What do you do then? Well number one is do not lose control of your thoughts and actions. Learn and practice survival all the time. What is survival? Is it too late to start.
S……..Size up the situation STOP: Stop,Think, Observe and Plan
U…….Use all your senses. Undue haste makes waste
R……..Remember where you are.
V……..Vanquish Fear and Panic
I…….. Improvise, adapt and overcome.
A…….Act like the natives.
L……..Live by your wits and continue to learn more.
The best you can do is not to worry and stay clam. Worry never has solved and issue. Worry is the diversion of positive energy into negative or nervous energy. There is no production of useful activity.
If an emergency happens like Sandy, Katrina, Earth quakes etc, a calm head will prevail. It is good to have a plan. However plans tend to fall apart. With that said, having a plan is good place to start.
Live by the rules of three. Prepare by the rules of three. The rules are as follows: you have three minutes to survive with out air, 3 hours to survive in harsh environment (snow, desert, heat, cold weather etc), 3 days with out water and 3 weeks without food. Make your preparations according to the rules of three.
Your mind is the best survival tool you have. If you keep it uncluttered from fear and confusion, you will survive. God gave you dominion over the earth and sea. Know that all you need is around you. All you have to do is look and listen.
With the above information, everyone is prepared for 21 Dec 2012 no matter what happens.