Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Sierra ordeal: Man dies, woman survives
sfgate.com ^ | 12/7/12 | Will Kane

Posted on 12/07/2012 10:05:40 AM PST by GSWarrior

A woman trapped for six days in the Sierra was found by her brother as she crawled along a snow-covered dirt road where she and her male companion had been testing the man's new four-wheel-drive Jeep, authorities said Thursday.

Paula Lane's companion didn't survive the ordeal and died in the snow after leaving Lane in the vehicle and setting out to find help, said a spokesman for the Alpine County Sheriff's Department.

Lane crawled past her companion's dead body as she was trying to make it to safety, said Undersheriff Robert Levy.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: california; sierras; survival
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

1 posted on 12/07/2012 10:05:46 AM PST by GSWarrior
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior; SpinnerWebb
He decided to pull off the highway to test out his Jeep Cherokee in the snow.

Clifton drove around a locked gate on a closed dirt road, and after driving a few miles became stuck in the mud.

Nature has a way of weeding out stupid people

2 posted on 12/07/2012 10:12:42 AM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

Do not leave civilized areas without a well stocked survival pack and means of emergency communication.

One single mishap or poor decision can result in an agonizing experience or death.


3 posted on 12/07/2012 10:13:41 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

Depart from the known path at your own peril.


4 posted on 12/07/2012 10:14:59 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chris37

And 1st rule - make sure someone knows where you are going and when you should be expected back.


5 posted on 12/07/2012 10:16:36 AM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

Should have brought warm clothing.
Should have brought a survival kit.
Should have stayed on the main road.

Once they go stuck, they should have remained with the vehicle and created a smokey fire. Spare tires create a lot of smoke.


6 posted on 12/07/2012 10:16:55 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SMARTY
The lines really are our friends.
7 posted on 12/07/2012 10:20:01 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Kartographer

Ping.


8 posted on 12/07/2012 10:21:57 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

They’d have made it out with a winch equipped Wrangler.


9 posted on 12/07/2012 10:22:18 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

Should a bought a Ford


10 posted on 12/07/2012 10:22:35 AM PST by CGASMIA68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior
A similar thing happened to a software developer in this region a few years back, I think.

Went off the highway, got lost/stuck.

He left the vehicle to find help and died. She stayed behind and lived.

11 posted on 12/07/2012 10:23:31 AM PST by wideawake
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior
Clifton drove around a locked gate on a closed dirt road...

I think that's the hint about where things went wrong.

12 posted on 12/07/2012 10:23:31 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

Further point: The additional sub-dermal fat that women carry often makes all the difference in cases of surviving exposure to cold.


13 posted on 12/07/2012 10:24:56 AM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tx_eggman

I used to drive in some real harry areas when I lived in NW New Mexico. I knew the limits of my VW THING so did not push it beyond those limits. Never had a problem.


14 posted on 12/07/2012 10:25:15 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin
The lines really are our friends.

I say no

The lines mock us.
The lines teach us conformity.
They teach us to do as we are told.
The lines keep us from exercising our minds.
They keep us from stretching our wings and testing our limits.

Ignore them at your own peril but be smart and have a plan to cover your ass. Know where you are going. Make sure someone else knows. Bring sufficient kit to ensure the ability to deal with unknowns and get back between the lines safely.

Otherwise, be safe and stay on the approved path.

</fevered rant on a slow boring day>

15 posted on 12/07/2012 10:28:05 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: wideawake

“He left the vehicle to find help and died. She stayed behind and lived.”

They had snow, therefore fresh water, and shelter in the vehicle. With that, they could survive for weeks.

Out in the cold without warm clothes, you might only survive for hours. Not exactly a tricky decision there.


16 posted on 12/07/2012 10:31:20 AM PST by Boogieman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Yup!

Young people are irresponsible and don’t think past their noses.

They have NO common sense because they watch WAY too much TV, where everything ‘works out’ and problems are just ‘cinematic’. They have the most smug and smart a#@ attitude about ‘the rules’, too!


17 posted on 12/07/2012 10:31:20 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Boogieman

>> Not exactly a tricky decision there.

I dunno... I’d have to know more about the woman he was trapped in the car with. If it was my ex, for instance...


18 posted on 12/07/2012 10:34:08 AM PST by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SMARTY

>> Young people are irresponsible and don’t think past their noses.

With the exception of the body part you chose for illustration purposes, I’d have to agree in general.


19 posted on 12/07/2012 10:36:00 AM PST by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: SMARTY

This story does not mention the ages of the unfortunate couple. I had the impression they were elderly.


20 posted on 12/07/2012 10:40:15 AM PST by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read entire tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

So curious minds want to know: as she crawled past his frozen, dead lifeless body, did she weakly kick him in the face and mutter “dumbazz”?


21 posted on 12/07/2012 10:53:21 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Boogieman

My memory of that case, the software developer from SF, is that the couple was returning from Thanksgiving with family and made a wrong turn, or a gate hadn’t been properly closed. They had their 2 kids with them. They did survive about 2 weeks before he decided to leave and try to find help. The family was found within a day or so of his leaving but that killed him. Really sad.


22 posted on 12/07/2012 10:57:15 AM PST by EDINVA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: SMARTY

He was 44 & she was 46.


23 posted on 12/07/2012 10:57:58 AM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

“Gary Lane drove up the road with the loader for several miles, where he found (his sister) distressed and crawling in the road,” Levy said. “Gary Lane loaded Paula Lane into the bucket of the loader and returned her to Highway 88.”

That’s actually pretty funny. Implies Paula is a little on the large side.


24 posted on 12/07/2012 11:01:23 AM PST by Sherman Logan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Boogieman
They had snow, therefore fresh water, and shelter in the vehicle. With that, they could survive for weeks.

During summer, probably. In winter the body burns a great many more calories trying to stay warm, and length of time you can survive without food goes way down.

25 posted on 12/07/2012 11:03:55 AM PST by Sherman Logan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

... with 4wd you’ll get stuck farther out

Plan accordingly.


26 posted on 12/07/2012 11:05:48 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EDINVA

James & Kati Kim. There is a movie .. ‘Wrong Turn: The Kati Kim Story’ that does a good job telling the really tragic story.


27 posted on 12/07/2012 11:06:56 AM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Sherman Logan

Or maybe the loader only had one seat.


28 posted on 12/07/2012 11:07:40 AM PST by freedomlover
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Jeff Chandler
Should have stayed on the main road.

...and shouldn't have bought a Jeep

29 posted on 12/07/2012 11:07:54 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: freedomlover

Well, yeah. But it’s more fun think of a woman so large he had to bring along a loader to move her.


30 posted on 12/07/2012 11:09:59 AM PST by Sherman Logan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: freedomlover

I’m hoping that’s the explanation.


31 posted on 12/07/2012 11:15:46 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: tx_eggman

I hope she chooses wisely next time, and at least no spawn from this pair.


32 posted on 12/07/2012 11:16:00 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

DUMB! Events like this happen year after year and people continue to do it.


33 posted on 12/07/2012 11:16:08 AM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Wally_Kalbacken

The Donner experience supports that theory.


34 posted on 12/07/2012 11:17:31 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

35 posted on 12/07/2012 11:23:03 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SgtHooper

I may be wrong on that last point above.

“When people panic,” Levy said, “we know they don’t make good decisions.”

Hells bells, he had already spent 6 days in the vehicle with her, he figgered it was worth the risk to save his own sanity. But he lost.


36 posted on 12/07/2012 11:24:23 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Sherman Logan

Well, they’d still survive longer than they would being exposed to the elements AND trying to stay warm.


37 posted on 12/07/2012 11:40:28 AM PST by Boogieman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: MissMagnolia

“He was 44 & she was 46.”

Lesson learned, “boomers are dumbasses.”


38 posted on 12/07/2012 11:46:07 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind. - John Steinbeck :))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: Sherman Logan

You need to watch the movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape if you haven’t already. They have ways of dealing with incapacitated fat people.

;)


39 posted on 12/07/2012 11:47:50 AM PST by freedomlover
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

The Donner Party also didn’t know the danger of the Sierras.
Although their mistakes were made many weeks before in another state.
But the similarity is that they chose a foolish “short cut” like these people did.


40 posted on 12/07/2012 11:50:33 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Witty saying goes here...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Adder

So curious minds want to know: as she crawled past his frozen, dead lifeless body, did she weakly kick him in the face and mutter “dumbazz”?


I’m thinking more along the lines of: “Well how did that test drive thing work out for ya, huh sh*&head???!!!”


41 posted on 12/07/2012 11:50:33 AM PST by freedomlover
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Us too, but we always dug out, jacked it up, paved the way with vegetation or whatever we had to do to get out and we’ve never been stranded.


42 posted on 12/07/2012 11:52:37 AM PST by tiki
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: freedomlover

LOL...yeah...


43 posted on 12/07/2012 11:57:52 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Jeff Chandler

“Once they go stuck, they should have remained with the vehicle and created a smokey fire. Spare tires create a lot of smoke.”

My plan is to start a large smokey *forest* fire. They only turn out so many searchers for one dumbass lost person, but they mobilize half the county for a forest fire.


44 posted on 12/07/2012 12:20:13 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: JCBreckenridge
Lesson learned, “boomers are dumbasses.”

The youngest "boomers" are now 48. These are early Gen-Xers. I'm almost 44, and I certainly know better. Our winter trip packing includes extra water, food, compact shovel, a bag of sand, extra clothes/winter clothes, blankets and fire-making stuff. That's just for the trips where we won't be leaving the highway on purpose.

45 posted on 12/07/2012 12:24:16 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: SMARTY

We were following the directions on our GPS system down in Alabama a couple of years ago; and it directed us down an old logging road that looked okay at first - then it suddenly disintegrated into a one-lane, washed out hog wallow on the side of a steep ravine from which you couldn’t back out if you wanted to. Somehow, we were able to continue on; but it was tense and in the middle of nowhere.


46 posted on 12/07/2012 12:32:29 PM PST by Twinkie (The WICKED walk on every side when EVIL men are exalted. Psalm 12:8)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: EDINVA

In the Oregan case, the man was following his GPS and it directed him to take a logging truck road that closes in the winter.


47 posted on 12/07/2012 12:42:57 PM PST by Usagi_yo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: JCBreckenridge

These people were not boomers. As it turns out, you’re the dumbass.


48 posted on 12/07/2012 12:57:14 PM PST by Ray54
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Jeff Chandler

Just last week Les “Survivorman” had this same thing. ‘cept he was in Norway, way down a road no one usually went on in winter.

Trying to hike out is rarely a good idea.


49 posted on 12/07/2012 1:49:13 PM PST by X-spurt (Ted Cruz for President of the Republic of Texas)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Ray54

Sauce, goose, gander. You instantly blamed young people and they turned out to be boomers. :)


50 posted on 12/07/2012 6:32:07 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind. - John Steinbeck :))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson