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Wahroonga Farm
2nd September 2009, 06:40 AM
It's an interesting story (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/01/2672914.htm).

Mr Holding was winched aboard a police helicopter after being spotted by circling choppers just 2.6 kilometres from the summit this morning. He was stranded in rough terrain and waving a blanket to attract attention.
Victorian Police Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said Mr Holding was found several kilometres north of Federation Hut. All the news reports point to Tim not carrying an EPIRB as the single most important item missing from his kit. I guess as a solo walker that is true.

However since he was simply lost and disoriented and not injured, surely a GPS would have been the goods?

PS. Seems they had some pretty good 'top secret' thermal imaging stuff up in the air the night before.

I was advised early this morning though that the Victoria Police plane had detected some light and some image last night and that they were pretty confident ... that they would find him aliveWhat do you think?

photohiker
2nd September 2009, 07:07 AM
I was thinking about this yesterday.

I think he should have been able to walk out. He had gotten himself below the snow line. It would be tough going for sure, but I get the distinct impression that this 'fit and experienced hiker' was on the mountain without a map, compass or GPS.

If he was due north of the summit, all he had to do was head in a westerly direction until he hit the track?

Michael

Wahroonga Farm
2nd September 2009, 07:15 AM
Yes, it makes you wonder?

It's undeniably very tough country and with poor visibility, once you dropped off the ridge line I'm sure you wouldn't have a clue without a bit of gear.

Here's a simulated Mapsource view with simple ol' Contours v2.0 and Shonky. Of course all he'd have to do is retrace his tracklog.

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/6416/feathertop2.jpg

Treadly
2nd September 2009, 07:28 AM
I agree, I think even just a compass would have gotten him out.

Wahroonga Farm
2nd September 2009, 10:02 AM
Good use of technology.

This is the location that the Herlald Sun guesstimates he was found. Click on the tags.

http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&om=1&source=embed&t=h&msa=0&msid=106330359029590077600.000472641a1425dd057c8&ll=-36.894517,147.126589&spn=0.0162,0.027122&z=15

Going in the wrong direction unless he was planning a different far more difficult route home?

photohiker
2nd September 2009, 10:43 AM
Yep.

Actually, all he needed was a map.

From time of day and direction of the sun, he could have worked out he was north and west of the ridge. Follow any rivercourse and it will take you to a road. Maybe 10km of hard scramble?

Curious that he was dehydrated, yet was seen drinking from a waterbottle. Another nail in this 'experienced hiker' tag they have given him.

Michael