According to Maine Warden Service’s 2011-2012 Search and Rescue Report, 98 percent of hikers reported missing between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 were found within 24 hours. Gerry “Inchworm” Largay just happens to be the 2 percent.
On October 3rd of 2012, I summited Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, ending my 2000 mile Appalachian Trail journey. On the trek down the mountain, it was getting late in the day, when myself and my trail buddies came across a woman in her 40’s who had blood on her face. She was asking the hikers ahead of us if anyone had a granola bar she could buy. She had left her food bag with her pack at the ranger station near the parking lot. She was planning on hiking Katahdin, then going south bound through the 100-Mile Wilderness.
My boyfriend gave her the rest of the food he had. It wasn’t much, but it was the best we could do. She was about two miles from the summit of Katahdin and planned on continuing her hike to the top. I could see that she was determined to reach…
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