@Nitty Gritty I’m reading this in retrospect. The heli flying over the ridge between Lafayette and Garfield…just to the left of that, when you’re hiking northbound is where they found ES. You summit Lafayette, and you aim along the ridge towards Garfield. She was found to the NW of Lafayette per SAR.OK, so now I'm looking at the Pemi SAR report on FB from last night.
They show where the helicopter has been searching. Doesn't it look like they've been looking on Lafayette and Garfield? With only one pass along the Lafayette ridge south to the Flume?
This would go to what I was saying upthread.... That maybe ES thought Garfield was the Flume... @Breaking Trail and @Kaboom! , too.
Here's the clip of the helicopter path
Pemi SAR FB site
SAR had a beaner on this spot early in the search. Experience…@Nitty Gritty I’m reading this in retrospect. The heli flying over the ridge between Lafayette and Garfield…just to the left of that, when you’re hiking northbound is where they found ES. You summit Lafayette, and you aim along the ridge towards Garfield. She was found to the NW of Lafayette per SAR.
Gosh, the article keeps going...Much more detail now from SAR on how ES was found:
Sotelo tried to quickly escape the mountain, cutting a roughly straight line through thick brush down the northwest side of the mountain toward Interstate 93, officials said.
But as the snowfall and wind gusts picked up and the temperature dropped to single digits and below, Sotelo eventually stopped and took cover in a drainage area.
“I think she ran until she couldn’t do it anymore,” said Colonel Kevin Jordan of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, which coordinated the three-day search for Sotelo.
Sotelo’s body was lifted out of the wilderness by a New Hampshire National Guard Helicopter, officials said.
When rescuers found Sotelo’s body Wednesday, she was wearing a light coat and shirt with windbreaker pants, Jordan said. She had no hat and only a small pack with a water bladder inside that was frozen. Jordan said Sotelo had three-season hiking shoes but was barefoot when they found her.
Jordan said some rescuers had encountered waist-deep snow as they searched the mountain. It’s not likely she survived past Sunday night, he said.
Westford resident Emily Sotelo was hoping to reach the summit of every 4,000-foot peak in New Hampshire before she turned 20 on Wednesday, officials said.www.bostonglobe.com
@White_Mountains Where is this SAR crew standing? What is the peak to the far, far, right? What about the nub in the distance between the two guys?I found a great photo of some SAR members from Androscoggin Valley on the ES search. It gives a great idea how they're outfitted. Maybe later, we can find out what they carry in their kit.
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Emily Sotelo, 20, of Westford, Massachusetts became separated from her group at the Lafayette Place campground in Franconia Sunday and did not return at the designated time.seacoastcurrent.com
This is just so irresponsible of Patagonia. “Run, ski, or cycle in the harshest of winter conditions while staying protected….”I'm thinking ES was wearing something like these pants. They are actually leggings with wind panels. No mention of base layer bottoms from Colonel Jordan.
Usually, you'd wear wind pants over pants. That's why I'm guessing she was wearing pants with wind panels. These ones are cool, and many companies have them.
Run, ski or cycle in the harshest of winter conditions while staying protected in our breathable, lightweight Patagonia® Women's Wind Shield Pants.www.patagonia.com
I got curious about a previous episode like this one, and, yep, bingo, January of 2021. 2 guys with trail runners and spikes, no gear for the weather, and wind of 40-50 mph.
The "she died doing what she loved" motif. No sense that ES put something like 100 others at the risk of their lives, namely all the SAR teams. They were out there in "killer" weather. They have families and loved ones. Yet, they were willing to help.