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AHS is a tremendous resource for trail-lovers or anyone in the outdoors for that matter. Members receive outstanding benefits like a subscription to Backpacker Magazine, American Hiker and members-only discounts and Volunteer Vacations.
Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America's hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. American Hiking represents thousands of members committed to beautiful places to hike, who believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations. To learn more about American Hiking Society and its programs, visit www.AmericanHiking.org.
Rescue Profile: Tom
Case #: 13665
Tom Madlem had been riding motorcycles for 50 years. Death Valley was one trip he had never taken before though. He and a friend had planned to take 2 weeks off and make the ride. However, the first part of the trip was going to force Madlem to commit the “cardinal sin” - biking alone.
This meant he would be riding alone through the desert for two days before meeting up with his friend. After his wife and son begged him not to go by himself, he was then convinced to purchase his SPOT GEN3™ for the trip so his family would have peace of mind. He made it the first day just fine alone. Tuesday morning, he had not ridden 10 miles when he took a hard fall on his bike.