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Couple Blames Guidebook for Problems

September 29 2004 at 8:13 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to 2 Airlifted Over Medicine Bow Peak in Wyoming


The complete article shows there were a lot of problems on this trip.

A Casper family recovering from a frigid night on Medicine Bow Peak says a faulty guidebook was the reason they became stranded.
Marla Lancaster, 29, and her 4-year-old son, Campbell, became exhausted after climbing the 12,013-foot peak late Saturday afternoon, prompting her husband, Gary, for seek help.
Marla, her son and family friend Russell Marusak, 31, of Dallas, Texas, stayed on a mountain ridge below the peak at an elevation of about 11,400 feet while Gary Lancaster, 37, went for help.
Mrs. Lancaster said both she and her husband are geologists and "avid hikers" who moved to Casper from Texas eight months ago. He also is an experienced mountaineer who has climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska.
They made preparations for the hike based on a guidebook that rated climbing the peak as an "easy to moderate" four-hour hike.
"That was our first mistake," she said.

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