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    Default Another SPOT rescue in Alaska

    http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_...7daaf99dd.html


    ".....Vandenham took shelter in a temporary Park Service shelter and used her SPOT satellite device to ask for help Feb. 26. The Park Service described Vandenham as an experienced dog musher. Troopers sent a helicopter from Fairbanks and evacuated Vandenham and her six dogs to an airstrip in Healy."
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    What is interesting is .....How that story is being told.

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    What constitutes an "experienced" musher? You use snowshoes to break trail for your dogs, if you aren't capable of doing that, you shouldn't be out there! Losing your snowshoes is not an acceptable answer...

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    Ya, who knows all the details.

    Over the years there have been many threads and discussions about whether or not the SPOT actually works in Alaska or is worth it. Anytime I read about a SPOT rescue I post it. There have been a few where we scratch our heads and wonder why the person was there in the first place. Then again I have some friends who came across an atv accident moments after it occurred up north of Fairbanks. Sad story... They activated their SPOT and performed CPR for an hour then the heli showed up. The person didn't make it. She was dead (no pulse or respirations) when they hit the SPOT button and started CPR.
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    Spot is for those situations where you aren't going to make it without help. That "not going to make it" part means you are in grave danger. Being late to work from your weekend warrior pursuits doesn't count. While you are being rescued, there is the possibility that someone needs a medevac at that same time and the resources are not available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pipercub View Post
    What constitutes an "experienced" musher? You use snowshoes to break trail for your dogs, if you aren't capable of doing that, you shouldn't be out there! Losing your snowshoes is not an acceptable answer...
    Yep, alot of mushers and smaller dogs require trail breaking. It's awful. Maybe this gal should head north and hang out with Joe Henderson and his trail-breaking Malamutes. Joe puts a lot of miles on snowshoes to get where he's exploring.

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    so what does a "rescue" like that cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachbunny View Post
    so what does a "rescue" like that cost?
    Probly 5 to 10k taxpayer dollars would be my guess.

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