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Discussion: Search and Rescue

in: PG; PG > 2022-10-29

Oct 30, 2022 8:39 PM # 
George is one of my search and rescue heroes.
Oct 30, 2022 9:13 PM # 
At Pawtuckaway many years ago, perhaps?
Oct 30, 2022 9:15 PM # 
That was my supposition.
Oct 31, 2022 12:38 AM # 
What happened then?
Oct 31, 2022 1:54 AM # 
Knee injury, IIRC?
Oct 31, 2022 2:10 AM # 
Many years ago means '3 days before 9/11,' so, in the before times before the before times. This is from back at the dawn of Attackpoint, back when the URLs had 3 or 4 digit ID numbers.

Spike's log comments:

which is from

and his log entry:

leading to a long time of recovery, of which the first painful-sounding month is at

You were there, Boris, judging by the splits and the race comment at ... which is still kind of amusing. More amusing than the day was for Spike.

I remember - I was there. Only time I've ever found someone injured on the course, but it was a serious one.
Oct 31, 2022 8:15 AM # 
I guess I'm not alone in remembering being at Pawtuckaway 3-days before 9/11/01...
Oct 31, 2022 12:16 PM # 
Why bother looking up the other three phases to the search and rescue plan when you already have the all important 'going off to get ice cream' part sorted?
Oct 31, 2022 4:27 PM # 
Oct 31, 2022 10:22 PM # 
Thanks @feet. It was almost fun to re-read some of the comments I wrote.

I remember that Feet found me quite soon after the injury. He checked on me and quickly headed off to get help. My memory is that he took splits on his watch to track how much of his time was helping me. Then the organizers adjusted his time. I don't know how long it took to get some help. It seemed like I was in the woods for a good 20 minutes before Feet returned with the helpers.

Lex gave me some pain medication and splinted my knee. @Coach and @Walk more-or-less carried me down to a tractor path and loaded me up in a car to get back to the finish.

I'm lucky the weather was warm and dry. Cold and wet would have made the situation a lot more unpleasant.

I won't go in to the details, but the main damage was a broken tibia and damaged (but not torn) MCL, PCL and ACL.

I'm not sure what happened. My theory is that I stepped in a hole. But I don't really know.
Nov 1, 2022 12:05 AM # 
(Fixed the "Phase Q" thing above -- I think.)
Nov 1, 2022 1:26 AM # 
Another thing apart from the weather that was kind of lucky was that the injury was relatively near one of the bigger Pawtuckaway trails. From memory it was on the rocky slope just NW of Mountain Pond, so, near Mountain Trail and then the park road. There are some other Pawtuckaway locations that would have been a lot less convenient to get you out of.

I can't believe today that orienteering was so important that I only went to get help rather than being part of the stretcher party. Sorry about that. Would do it differently now.
Nov 1, 2022 4:41 AM # 
Age imbues wisdom and establishes priorities.

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