View Single Post
Old 05-22-2008, 12:39 PM   #18
Senior Resident Curmudgeon
redhawk's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: In My Memories
Posts: 10,931
Originally Posted by wildriver View Post
Boomhower was the guy who was hiking the NPT, realized at Cedar Lakes that he was running low on food, and thought that the Colvin Brook-Sucker Brook Trail was a shortcut to Route 30. Apparently his only maps showed the NPT corridor, but not the surrounding areas. So he had no clue what the CB-SB Trail was like, had a miserable time, and lost the trail just past the height of land. He set up camp and stayed put, expecting searchers to come along any day.

There was a SAR effort, but Boomhower's last known location was the Cedar Lakes... so that was where DEC looked. A friend of mine was on that search, and says he recommended searching the Colvin Brook area, but the ranger wanted to focus on the area north of Cedar Lakes.

Meanwhile, Boomhower was camped out at the headwaters of Sucker Brook with no food and declining strength. And no idea where he was. He was there for several months until he finally collapsed and died.

Hunters found his body that fall. He was ridiculously close to the trail, and only about 3 or 4 miles from Lewey Lake. The terrain up there is not too rugged, with nice open hardwoods for the most part. It just goes to show that being "lost" is probably 98% a state of mind and lack of preparedness.

There is a good account in the new book, At the Mercy of the Mountains.
Some accounts say that he could see the plane that was searching for him every morning. He was also carrying a GALLON of white gas (for his lantern)which makes one wonder why he didn't make a smoke fire since it was also rather wet according to his notes.

He carried a lantern and fuel, but not enough food.

Hopefully, forums like this will educate the inexperienced people so that they are better prepared. Which is one of the reason we should always be stressing caution and preparedness. People just don't realize how easy it is to get lost and how dangerous it can be with just a change in conditions.

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it." Lyndon B. Johnson
redhawk is offline   Reply With Quote