Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
He made a tough, gutsy call. I wonder what each of us would have done in the same circumstance.
What can we do for his family?
DCMT – I absolutely agree. Hard to know what the "right" thing to do was, but he certainly didn’t pick the easiest…just what he thought was best.
Here is where youy can make a donation to his family: http://www.jamesandkati.com/
It is a tough call. The usual mantra for survival is "never leave the vehicle site". But after a week or more when all food and gas is exausted there comes a point where you have to decide what you are going to do. I know the area a bit there and he had a map of the roads. His biggest mistake was leaving the road. He made the tough call to go for help but leaving a road in an area like that almost certainly means your end if you aren’t prepared for that kind of terrain and weather.
A normal human male on a road can cover 20 to 30 miles walking even when poorly nurished. You can maybe go 5 if you leave the road or path and go into the woods where there is no trail. Even 8 inches of snow on the ground will reduce how far you can get off road on foot by 75% or more.
It is beyond incredibly sad that he had to meet his end like that. I so wish they would make a basic survival course a part of high school here in the US. If they did it would make for far fewer incidents like this if everyone had just a basic knowlege of the do’s and don’ts of being lost or stranded.
My heart goes out to his family their Dad is a hero in his own way and it is very sad that he is gone.
Andy- I agree. The one good thing is that those little girls will grow up knowing that their daddy loved them enough to risk his life and that he is a hero. What a loss though. Can’t say that I would have done anything different.
I had never heard the thing about not leaving the vehicle. But yesterday, because of this incident, I saw a published list of tips for surviving this kind of situation and I printed them so I can put them in my car (I would have never thought about clearing the tail pipe and I would have eaten the snow).
To help with your priorities when you are in a survival situation remember the rule of threes:
You can survive 3 minutes without air.
You can survive 3 hours without shelter (this assumes the worst of conditions).
You can survive 3 days without water.
You can survive 3 weeks without food.
I gold mine up in the mountains where Mr. Kim died. It can be a very unfriendly place but if you take a few precautions like always having survival stuff in your car you can survive just about anything up there.
This is a picture of me in the Umatilla forest camping this weekend. The stuff I camped with is always in my truck. conditions here were 1,000 times worse than what the Kim’s faced but had I gotten stuck I could have gone several months and been fine. Although probably very bored. Being prepared can be the difference between life an death and sadly in Mr Kim’s case it was.
It was great to brought attention to this story Heather. It broke our heartss when the rescue crews confirmed they found his corpse. It had seemed like it was going to be a happy ending.
What he did was so pure in love and sacrifice. The saddest part of that story was to learn he circled 10 miles only to be found one mile away from the car. Perhaps he was lost or perhaps he died as he was returning.
My thought was that by leaving he ensured his family’s survival because he would have used up the remaining food, etc .. no consolation of course, but I think he was well aware of that.
God Bless him