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Nesmith Point hike

Fatal accident:

Over the past few days NWW has been peripherally involved in two incidents on Mt. Hood, both which were covered extensively in Oregonian and other media. The 19 year old man who got separated from his group was lost for over 24 hours but as it turned out walked himself out and all ended well. Not so for Sebastian Kinasiewicz, a Polish man visiting Oregon. Sebastian died attempting to climb Mt. Hood. The members of Craig's Cooper Spur hike saw him and Shakul even took the picture that was used by media.

These two incidents bring to the forefront the importance of emphasizing safety during our events. As leaders we do what we can to create events that are safe but as members you should be proactive as well, of course. Accidents seem to fall under two categories: People either fall or get lost. Many more people die from getting lost then from falling. To avoid falls, don't get in over your head. Almost always the reason for a fall is that someone did just that. If a situation feels dicey you should rope up or choose a different route.

The by far easiest way to avoid getting lost is to stay with your hiking group. Our hiking policy is to wait up at all trail crossings if the group gets separated. I personally like to keep the entire group tight all through the hike which gets annoying for the faster hikers but minimizes the risk of losing a member. As a member you should always bring the ten essentials but many don't. If you do you can blow your whistle as soon as you realize you are lost with a decent likelihood that someone will hear you. Having a map and a compass greatly increases the chance of you walking yourself out and having a tarp to build a shelter, should you need to spend the night makes the night more comfortable. If you are one of those who does not bring the ten essentials, maybe now would be a good time to revisit that decision?

A final word about the Cooper Spur fall. I'm very impressed with the way the NWW members handled themselves. During the hike there were several discussions within the team pointing out that Sebastian should not be where he was when he was there and that he had created a dangerous situation. As soon as it was clear that he was missing several members called the sheriff independently and gave information that I think sped up the process of finding the body. Nice work, team. RIP, Sebastian.

On to more fun topics. I've never hiked Nesmith Point but I'm checking the hikes off one at the time this year and this is the weekend to check off Nesmith Point. The stats are similar to Ruckle Ridge but my hunch is that this hike will be quite a bit easier.

Distance: 10.6 miles

Elevation gain: 3,800 feet

Difficulty: Difficult due to elevation gain

Time on trail: I'm guessing six hours car to car

Pace: My hikes tend to end up at 1.8 mph as an average pace with a 2.5 MPH moving average

Bring: Ten essentials, snacks, food and water. Non cotton clothing.

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  • Jewels

    Thanks for sharing your map along the path! We really enjoyed this hike would rather left an hour earlier but we made to the top! Awsome view! I always make sure is enough time to hike out as will NOT do in the dark. I'd sit down a safe place and wait till AM if ever had to. I was shocked the few people I saw on this hike alone. I hike frequent and always shocked. I would never hike a trail that is not populated alone. Hope to be able do a hike with your group soon! I don't have all the equipment on your list....slowly gathering.

    August 19, 2013

  • Tim F

    Nice trail in the shade. Thanks Magnus for leading. stats for the day, 10.7 miles, mov avg 2.1, 3868 cum elevation, low of 210, high of 3889

    August 17, 2013

  • Janice

    wish i could join :(

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great reminder of us all who lead Hikes, thank for sharing and yet educating us all.

    August 14, 2013

  • KRIS

    I'm looking forward to this!

    August 14, 2013

  • Kathy

    Well said Magnus. I recently lead a hike where in my post I said many times that you must stay with the group. When they RSVP'd I again said they must stay with the group and again said it before we left. Two men in my group did NOT stay with the group nor did they stop at the junctions. They missed the junction when they were .4 miles from the trailhead. They walked for miles before realizing they were lost. They also didn't come with a map but I gave them one at the parking lot but they didn't know how to read it. People please listen and follow the leaders instructions. We have rules for your safety as well as the group. It isn't fun asking everyone on the trail if they saw you and where. It isn't fun trying to determine where you might be and if we should call for help. One man didn't have a light source. Most people on the trail are NOT paying attention to what other people are doing so you need to take care of yourself.

    3 · August 14, 2013

    • Kathy

      Thanks Magnus for having this group and keeping those that follow directions safe. Thanks to all of you that come prepared, you make leading fun for us. See you all one the trail.

      1 · August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well said Magnus.

    1 · August 14, 2013

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    Event Host
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    Assistant Organizer
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