Map, Compass & GPS

Map, Compass & GPS
Wild flowers along Fall Creek on the way to the Green Lakes - Oregon

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Why Hikers and Hunters Get Lost

Robert Kester has researched why backcountry travelers get lost.  Bob receives SAR reports from sources around the world and analyzes the data.  His results are published in a fine book "Lost Person Behavior."

The following is an article from Backpackers Magazine by Kelly Bastone. 

Like a pencil-chewing stats geek from the world of fantasy baseball, survival guru Robert Koester knows his numbers. Really knows his numbers. Lost-hiker incidents in 2003? Check. Climbing accidents in 2006? Check. Heart attacks,
sprained ankles, falls, and bear attacks that resulted in wilderness rescues? He knows them all. That's because Koester, a 45-year-old from Charlottesville, Virginia, has spent the past seven years creating the International Search and
Rescue Database. With 50,000 documented incidents, it's the largest, and first,
compendium of its kind in the world. But the lifelong hiker isn't just a collector; like
a backcountry actuary, he also analyzes risk. Using his vast database, Koester
predicts who will live, who will die, and, most importantly, where lost hikers may
be found.
To read the rest of the article about Robert Kester go here.

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