“I’ve been lost in the wilderness too and things don’t add up.”
Something doesn’t add up here. I’m sorry…. Mr. Rosenthal is a self-proclaimed “experienced” hiker. He know the area in which he is hiking, and has been there many times with “locals”. And it is his favorite place to hike and reflect — so says his wife.
So how is it an experience hiker in his surroundings overlooks bring a mere water bottle? It was very hot out there and Mr. Rosenthal couldn’t tell directions by the sun, or using a stick sundial? He walked 20 miles not knowing if he was walking North, South, East or West?
Even if he was going up the path for a short hike (like he says), how is it Mr. Rosenthal walked “20 miles under the hot sun, through scary canyons and over nasty tumbleweed hills” without food or water? Hiking in despair for twenty miles absent food or water is willful stupidy! Ed Rosenthat is 63-years-old, he’s hardly up to a Iron Man competition.
My neighbor calls this a hoax that made Mr. Rosenthal an *instant celebrity*. I won’t go that far but I’ve been lost in the wilderness and things don’t add up. I’m no psychiatrist, psychologist, or scientist — although the body language just looked like bad acting and a bit phoney. This wouldn’t be the first time a missing person turn out to be a hoax. It Happens.
Rosenthal attributed his survival to: (i) “Writing messages to his family and friends on his hat, using a hiking stick to lift himself up, and strategically arranging six little antiseptic sheets” (it’ll take more than pondering who gets what and playing with antiseptic sheets to keep most of us alive); and (ii) don’t forget the friendly little horsefly… (akin to Tom Hanks valleyball friend in “Cast Away”).
I guess the horsefly is mostly what kept Mr. Rosenthal alive for seven days. Many thanks to horseflys around the world!
By Terry (last name ukn), October 5 (comment) – Joshua Tree National Park - I am happy Mr. Rosenthal was found.
However, he did not use common sense in Joshua Tree national park. I am also glad the Urine he was going to drink tasted nasty to him because he would have become even more dehydrated. He also did like most people unfamiliar on how to find their way back when lost in our so called wilderness area in southern California.
Climb to a ridge find the closest familiar landmark and hike toward it. He also broke the cardinal rule of hiking in the desert to carry at least 2 gallons of water for a extended hike or at least 2 liters of water for a short 2 mile hike.
The way Joshua Tree national park is set up if you get on top of any ridge or rock monolith formation. You can see a road running through the park.
Also at night time you can see the neon glow of lights from Yucca valley, 29 palms and the town of Joshua tree and a faint glow of Palm Springs/Imperial valley at night time peaking over the mountain ridge that borders the park to south west. Even during the day you can see the surrounding towns.
If he would have climbed up to the top of a ridge he would have see how to get back to where he started instead of wasting energy wandering through the canyons for days.
From what the rangers have told me lots of people get lost in the maze like rock formation for days that don’t have good sense of direction.
Mr. Rosenthal should take some wilderness survival course at REI and also read a few books on Desert survival before venturing out again.
The wilderness is not a dangerous place if you are prepared for the worse in any outing away from camp.
* Terry (Terry’s last name is not available)
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