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Follow-up to my post on James Kim and family
His wife and daughters have been found safe. However, he set out on foot Saturday to find help after they'd waited with the car for a week. Now the search is on to try to find him. One person alone in the wilderness, without proper supplies, doesn't sound like good odds. But I didn't think they'd be found alive after a week had passed with no sign either. I don't know how much an outdoorsman James Kim is, maybe he knows how to make it. It sounds like the family did OK - they used the car to stay warm, and when they ran out of gas they burned the tires for heat. Smart move that.

Current Location: 42.33821N 71.59212W
I am: hopeful hopeful
Current Media: quiet

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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 5th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, the car was found by the helicopter hired by the family. But a car is a much easier thing to spot from the air than one man on foot.
xinie From: xinie Date: December 5th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Incredible! I read the story this morning, and it sounds like a good thing that the mom was nursing- she managed to keep both kids fed.

Pretty amazing that this sort of thing can still happen in this day and age.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: December 5th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
"I'll go and get help on foot" = Mistake Number One.

I'll be very surprised if he's found alive.

I know, I know - real ray of sunshine. But c'mon, how many times have we all seen this documentary?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 5th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah. It is survivable if he knows what he's doing and is clothed well. But if not, the odds aren't good. I doubt I could keep myself alive more than a few days in the wilderness.
sleet01 From: sleet01 Date: December 6th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
My wife just IM'ed me: he didn't make it. I'm sure this story is going to be spun a dozen different ways: nature beats technology, nerds die in the wild, never get out of the car... but we're leaning towards, "he did his best and died trying to save his family." I feel bad for his family, though - for losing him, and for the media attention they're trying to ward off.
sleet01 From: sleet01 Date: December 5th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

It can be done.

This happened just a couple weeks back, further north in the Cascades at around the time the weather was really taking a turn for the worse. I'm not very hopeful for Mr. Kim, but I'd say the odds are much better than 100 to 1.