Sat, Feb 25 2006 - Moderate Hike on AT (Annapolis & Black Rocks) (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Brian Loughery, Colin Babb, Kimberly Engle, Tom Reichelderfer, KC Yi, Bryan Fisher, Amy Hatfield, Leo Seung, Jennifer Hansen, Pete Hinz, Maria Maranto Dickey, meghan Goetz, Laura Loughery, Rebecca Firoved, Aaron Firoved, Jason Zach|
This was a rather memorable MOC hike. The day started out
very cold and
everyone stayed huddled in their cars as we waited for the last
arrive at the trailhead. Once we all assembled, we made some
introductions and started up the trail, trying to stay
Before too long the combination of the sun breaking through the
moderate elevation gain started to heat us up. Windbreakers
stripped off and placed in backpacks.
After our climb, the trail leveled out and we enjoyed a pleasant
woods to Annapolis Rock, a large outcropping of boulders.
lunch goodies were broken out (as well as the windbreakers
again) as we
the view. The lake at Greenbrier State Park was especially
Once lunch concluded, we set off again. Another mile north on
to Black Rock, another large outcropping. As we were milling
boulders, one member of our group misjudged a jump between
backward several feet into a crevice, getting banged up on the
Those hikers who saw the fall quickly alerted the rest of the
immediately sprang into action to help. Some members climbed
the fallen hiker, Jackets and packs were used to immobilize, and
was immediately placed, as we didnít know the extent of the
The 911 operator said help would come to us on the trail.
time we got off the phone, our fallen hiker had regained
began moving around. First aid kits provided some antiseptic
treat a few superficial cuts.
It wasnít long before we heard the sirens of rescue vehicles. Of
still had to cover 3 miles of trail to reach us. As we were waiting,
State Police helicopter flew overhead; we learned later that it
to spot us on the trail. In short order, two groups of paramedics
scene, one group coming from the north and the other from the
came via ATV, the others, along with a park ranger, arrived in
off-road golf carts).
The paramedics quickly assessed our injured hiker, and not
had them strapped to a backboard for transport off the trail via
Gators. After providing the ranger with an account of what
of the group set off on foot back to the cars.
After some brief goodbyes, a small group went to the hospital to
injured companion. A few hours, a couple of x-rays, and a CAT
friend was released, having suffered only minors cuts and some
I want to thank everyone on the hike for keeping calm and
rescue effort. And a huge thank you to the paramedics from
treated the injured hiker.
-- Brian Loughery
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