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Published in the University Herald on 5-22-13
Ms. Powers, with her clothes on, sometime prior to ingesting the powerful psychedelic drug that caused her significant distress.
"Taylor Powers, a 21-year-old undergrad student at the University of Colorado Boulder, had gone hiking with her two 21-year-old roommates Sunday and when she ingested mushrooms. Next, she removed all her clothes and it took both roommates, Brian Mulligan and William Collins to restrain her while the authorities arrived.
According to the Boulder County Sheriff's office, Mulligan and Collins placed a 911 call at 5:24 p.m. Sunday and told police Powers was high on mushrooms and in distress.
She was located by a park ranger at about 5:48 p.m. high up between the second and third flatirons in Chautauqua Park.
A press release form the Boulder County Sheriff's office confirms it took the 35 rescuers from the Sheriff's office, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Boulder Fire Rescue, the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and an American Medical Response ambulance an hour to restrain, cuff and get Powers into a rescue basket and down the mountain.
When they did succeed, around 7:50 p.m., she was transported to Boulder Community Hospital where she was treated and released later that night.
Powers was issued a summons for unlawful consumption of a controlled substance. Charges against her roommates are currently pending, but what those charges may be is still unknown.
"Further charges are pending against others involved," said deputies of the Sheriff who aided in the rescue.
Powers, a communications major, has not spoken to the media since the incident nor has she released any sort of public statement regarding her most recent day trip, including on her Facebook page, which contains photos of her hiking and skiing."
Hey, we have seen a significant up tic in visits to the site recently which means there are a bunch of new people reading what I write. First of all welcome aboard. Second, check out the ABOUT US tab for some articles about who I am, my background and what we do here but it can all be distilled down to a 30 second elevator pitch that is serves as the footer of most of my posts.
By the way, while numbers or statistics are interesting and more readers is a good thing I guess, it is not the primary driver of I what I do here. My target audience, the marketing folks call them ELITE OUTDOORSMEN and AFFLUENT ADVENTURERS, is small. Like 50,000 people small. How did I arrive at that number? Good question grasshopper. That is about the number of fanatics and outdoor professionals in North America that care enough about their gear and what they do in the field to spend upwards of $3000 a pop for the very best optics from companies like Swarovski and Leica. The truth is I don't much care about the numbers, I am a soul surfer (North Shore, 1987) in that respect. As long as they generally trend up and the comments continue to be relevant and overwhelmingly positive then I am happy. And by absolutely any measure they are and I am.
Back to the reason for this post. RAW NOTES FROM THE FIELD posts are filed under the FIELD JOURNAL category and are just that, raw notes from my time in the field. Purposefully, they are not polished, spell checked more than once, or grammatically correct. I don't worry about punctuation, capitalization, wording or even the story line much because it is supposed to be a brain dump. I tend to do my best thinking out there and I don't want to inhibit the flow of backcountry consciousness by worrying about cleaning it all up to presentation specs. So, you new guys can stop emailing me, I know. It is that way by design and if there is a problem that needs to be addressed my unofficial post checker, Terry Howell, will let me know. Trust me, he doesn't miss a thing.
Are you tracking? Good. Later.
Well, I was all set to post an interesting story about the top two waterproof breathable shell layers on the market for high activity, western style, mountain hunters. It is interesting because the two guys that run the companies, Jonathan Hart and Jason Hairston of Sitka Gear and Kuiu respectively, producing these outstanding products were once partners and are in fact responsible for changing the high end hunting gear segment. Regular readers know that bringing best in class mountaineering level clothing to the hunting community is an issue I have been bitching and moaning about since the early 90's, long before Messrs. Hairston and Hart began the revolution, or at least the civilian side of it, at Sitka.
I was also prepared to, finally, render an opinion as to which one of the two shell sets I think is the best but a nagging doubt keeps me from hitting the publish button. The problem is that I'm not yet completely confident in the soundness of my own conclusion. I feel like I need to do another head to head test in controlled conditions before I make my recommendation public. It is important to me to be sure because there is a lot riding on this. We're not talking world peace or a cure for cancer kind of stuff here but there are a lot of people interested in how this turns out so I want to make certain I get it right.
Anyway, sit tight and stay tuned. I will have more for you all on this very soon.
Sorting through the fads and fashion of the outdoor equipment industry to identify and promote the very best wilderness gear for high end recreational users, backcountry professionals and government agencies.
We can be educated and persuaded but not bought, bullied or bs'd.
Hardcore Outdoor is dedicated to those who can't or won't turn back.
If you have an iTunes account (you should), an iPad (you should) and 57 minutes (please) give yourself a little treat and check out a documentary movie called Solitaire from Sweet Grass Productions. It is really something to watch especially if you ache to get out and up on a mountain.
Absofreakinglutely beautiful country and a cool presentation style. And take note of the sponsors like Patagonia and Hilleberg The Tentmaker.
Here is an interesting, er, troubling article about the Canadian Search And Rescue system, once considered among the best in the world. And as is most often the case, the trouble is not with the people in the field or SAR leadership, it is the politicians that are fouling things up.
Unfortunately, it usually takes a high visibility incident to get the government to pay proper attention to the issue and make it right. Of all the things that government does that it shouldn't do, it amazes me that "leadership" can't get the most basic things right which is properly deploying public resources to save lives. Oh, if I were King for a day...
Mr. Mackay, if not for the sake of your own countrymen, think of the tourism dollars at stake and if that still doesn't get your mind right on this issue let me speak in terms I know you can understand. Consider the disastrous effect that a string of unnecessary tragedies on your watch might have on your political career.
DeLorme Launches Next Generation of its Award-Winning inReach Satellite Communicator with GPS – Essential Gear for Outdoor Enthusiasts, Hunters, Boaters, Recreational Aviators, and Global Travelers
inReach SE with Color Screen and Virtual Keyboard Offers Expanded Standalone Text Messaging Capabilities, Adjustable Tracking Intervals, Pairs with Popular Mobile Devices
YARMOUTH, Maine – April 11, 2013 – DeLorme, the innovation leader in personal satellite communications and navigation technology, has announced the launch of its newest product inReach SE (Screen Edition). With 90% of the world’s surface lacking cell phone coverage, inReach SE is essential gear for the traveler or outdoor adventurer to keep them connected and safe anywhere in the world. inReach SE remains the only satellite communication device that can both send and receive text messages in its price category.
The newest generation of inReach builds on DeLorme’s award-winning technology to keep outdoor adventurers, boaters, aviators and travelers connected when off the grid or in parts of the world where cellular communications are limited. With the expanded standalone capabilities of inReach SE, users benefit from a color screen, virtual keyboard, slim design and a long-lasting internal lithium battery. In standalone mode, inReach SE provides free-form texting capabilities of up to 160 characters to any cell phone number, email address or social media page.
Using DeLorme’s Earthmate App, inReach SE pairs wirelessly with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to access topographic maps and NOAA charts and to make text messaging even more convenient. inReach SE is also compatible with Android devices.
With the ability to maintain satellite signal lock even in difficult GPS environments, inReach SE also offers global SOS capabilities, adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minutes to four hours, and remote real-time follow-me/find-me tracking and ping-me locating. In the event of an emergency, the interactive SOS capability of inReach automatically triggers remote tracking and allows users to describe and update their situation so proper resources can be deployed.
“Whether you’re deep in the backwoods, floating on a remote lake, or simply traveling abroad, anyone can benefit from the comprehensive functionality of inReach SE,” said Michael Heffron, DeLorme CEO. “Over the last two years we have been listening to customer feedback, so the next generation of inReach includes many new features based on their input. The internal rechargeable battery and the on-screen, free-form texting are especially beneficial, making on-the-go communications more convenient and delivering peace of mind to family and friends easier than ever before.”
inReach operates over the Iridium satellite network, providing truly global two-way satellite communications, high network reliability and low-latency data links (less than 60 second delivery of messages end-to-end) anywhere on Earth, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas.
The follow me / find me tracking feature of inReach provides GPS position updates allowing family and friends to follow the user’s trip as it happens. Family and friends can log into a dedicated MapShare page to follow a detailed breadcrumb trail, ping a location, and send messages to the inReach owner. In the event of an emergency, the built-in SOS button can be activated to trigger a distress alert with delivery confirmation and it automatically activates the remote GPS tracking feature. GPS tracking assists search-and-rescue personnel with homing in on the user’s location, whether stationary or on the move.
Pairing the inReach SE via Bluetooth with the Earthmate App turns a mobile device into a global satellite communicator and navigation tool. Real-time GPS location, tracking and text messages are overlaid on the digital maps for easy navigation and position location. inReach owners get exclusive, unlimited access to DeLorme’s topographic maps and North American NOAA charts, which can be downloaded via an Internet connection prior to departure and remain available in the Earthmate App even when outside cellular coverage.
Suggested retail price for inReach SE is $299, with annual satellite subscriptions beginning at $9.95 per month. Four-month seasonal and special aviation plans with more frequent tracking intervals are also available.
Here is some more information from DeLorme.
EDITORS NOTE - Looks very promising. Two way satellite texting and SOS capability without having to pair to a smart phone. I am already working on getting a test unit and hope to have some beta for you soon.
It is nice that the SE will have a more managable form factor. It is 1 inch taller but 1/2 inch narrower, 3/4 of an inch shallower, and over an ounce lighter than the brickish original.
I am concerned about one thing though, the SE is said to use rechargable Li-ion batteries. That could be problematic for extended field use. Let's hope DeLorme has a work around for that.