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    This man is missing. Began thru-hike on Friday.

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    Not a good way to start a through hike. They found his gear but not him? Didn't even make it to the top of Springer. Yikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    Not a good way to start a through hike. They found his gear but not him? Didn't even make it to the top of Springer. Yikes.

    Common man.....they think he had a medical emergency. Someone is missing and bad weather is rolling thru. Their family is clearly concerned. Poor choice of words on your end.

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    I sincerely hope they find him before it's too late.

    Can't help but wonder what kind of medical emergency results in abandoning ones gear and wandering off into the woods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    I sincerely hope they find him before it's too late.

    Can't help but wonder what kind of medical emergency results in abandoning ones gear and wandering off into the woods?
    A couple possible scenarios---
    ** Went off the trail to expel waste, similar to G. Largay except she took her pack.
    ** Dumped his pack to pull a water run down to a spring.

    Both might explain leaving the pack. Afterwhich he could've suffered a cardiovascular event.

    BUT with dogs used I can't figure out how the animals didn't locate him in a ever-widening circle around his pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    I sincerely hope they find him before it's too late.

    Can't help but wonder what kind of medical emergency results in abandoning ones gear and wandering off into the woods?
    A stroke could cause confusion.

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    Very bizzar. Sudden onset of Dementia could explain it.

    Apparently they found some of his personal stuff near the hike inn. The first artical sounded like he had left all of it. I'd guess they found the daypack shown in the picture.

    Hope they find him soon and he has enough wits to use the gear he has with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    Very bizzar. Sudden onset of Dementia could explain it.

    Apparently they found some of his personal stuff near the hike inn. The first artical sounded like he had left all of it. I'd guess they found the daypack shown in the picture.

    Hope they find him soon and he has enough wits to use the gear he has with him.
    Facts are all over the map but if they found his stuff by Hike Inn couldn't he have gotten into a vehicle and is long gone?? As I assume the Inn is on a road.

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    BUT with dogs used I can't figure out how the animals didn't locate him in a ever-widening circle around his pack.


    dogs are not always accurate though....

    i've covered a handful or two of missing persons, where the dogs walked within a few yards or so, of where the person was at.....

    and with the weather changing this week, that would also add to difficulty of the search....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    dogs are not always accurate though....

    i've covered a handful or two of missing persons, where the dogs walked within a few yards or so, of where the person was at.....

    and with the weather changing this week, that would also add to difficulty of the search....
    Yes. Heavy rains can dilute the scent trail. Susan Clemons comes to mind. She went missing at Clingman's Dome in rain and fog.

    TN Hiker you are probably familiar with a recent incident in Knoxville where a person with dementia was seen on camera walking away from a Walmart. Extensive search including dogs couldn't find him. Tragically his body was found in a creek not far from the store. We had a lot of rain.

    Hopefully this case will have a better outcome. At least this person had gear with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmitchell View Post
    Yes. Heavy rains can dilute the scent trail. Susan Clemons comes to mind. She went missing at Clingman's Dome in rain and fog.

    TN Hiker you are probably familiar with a recent incident in Knoxville where a person with dementia was seen on camera walking away from a Walmart. Extensive search including dogs couldn't find him. Tragically his body was found in a creek not far from the store. We had a lot of rain.

    Hopefully this case will have a better outcome. At least this person had gear with him.
    I saw that story on the news but never knew if they found him or not.

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    Perhaps there is something like a forest service-type road that they use for resupply, but if so, I didn't see one.


    looking at the map, i'm not seeing a road........my eyes could be off though...


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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    looking at the map, i'm not seeing a road........my eyes could be off though...


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    I've been there twice. Both last year. I promise there is a gravel road there that stretches there from the Hike Inn to who knows where exactly. Also, there is a forest road at Nimblewill Gap. Approximately about 1.5 miles north from the Hike Inn on the Approach Trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    Very bizzar. Sudden onset of Dementia could explain it.

    Apparently they found some of his personal stuff near the hike inn. The first artical sounded like he had left all of it. I'd guess they found the daypack shown in the picture.

    Hope they find him soon and he has enough wits to use the gear he has with him.
    Family mentioned "confusion" - so sad... and hard for the family....

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    Facts are all over the map but if they found his stuff by Hike Inn couldn't he have gotten into a vehicle and is long gone?? As I assume the Inn is on a road.


    the way i understand it, and the way their webpage says-----the only way to get there is to hike in...

    hence, the play of words for the name of the place.....

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    There is a service road for the Hike Inn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    the way i understand it, and the way their webpage says-----the only way to get there is to hike in...

    hence, the play of words for the name of the place.....
    It’s a 5 mile hike from the parking area to the Len Foote Hike Inn. The Inn trail diverges from the AT approach trail at 0.3 miles.

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    If my memory is correct, I had to hike 3-4 miles to get there. Perhaps there is something like a forest service-type road that they use for resupply, but if so, I didn't see one.

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