Nice story out of Oregon today. Saturday evening, 28-year old art teacher Pamela Salant, wandered off from her campground for a quick walk. Sounds like part of the trail she was on must have given way, because somehow she tumbled down the rocky hillside, breaking a bone in her left leg, and last two bones in her back.
Oregon woman rescued after 3 nights in rugged forest.
Despite those injuries, she managed to crawl, drag herself almost a mile down the hill and along side a creek. I've been to this area. The north side of Mount Hood is some thick, thick forest. There are a lot of steep drop off's, criss-crossed by seasonal creeks that turn into rivers depending on the melt-off. It's some pretty unforgiving country located only about an hour outside of Portland. That she survived just purely due to mindset, in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts, is impressive.
It's also sobering. I sometimes look at the little 'survival tins' or even 'fanny pack' survival kits, and giggle, because, well...it's not a backpack full of stuff. But, you read something like this and realize that ANYTHING is 2000 time better than NOTHING.