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Experienced Hiker Relies on SPOT After Losing Map

Rescue Profile: Corinne Corson
Case #19137

Corinne Corson works for the US Forest Service and is an avid hiker, roaming the hills of Northern California in her spare time. Often hiking on her own, Corinne purchased her SPOT Gen3 in 2014 when she began hiking through more remote areas with her trusty four-legged companion Tucker.

On May 29, while off duty on a holiday, Corinne and Tucker set out on a new trail that she had never hiked before. With her paper map, some food supplies and emergency blanket, Corinne headed out for a quick eight mile hike. Prior to her adventure, Corinne made sure to let a close friend familiar with the area know where she was going just in case.

At a critical point on the trail, Corinne noticed that her map, and only way of direction, had fallen out of her pack. She made a decision not to back track to find it thinking she knew where she was going. After bushwhacking through a lot of land, she soon realized that she was nowhere close to where she needed to be. She was exhausted and decided to make camp for the night in hopes of starting fresh in the morning.

When she woke up, she continued to bushwhack and, while knowing what she needed to do to get back on the trail, she realized she could not physically do so. Even though she was able to rest, she started feeling nauseas and sick every time she attempted to stand up or move forward. She first pressed the "help" button on her device and then decided that ultimately, due to the extremely rugged terrain, the best way for her to get out was by helicopter. Corinne pushed the S.O.S. button and shortly after she was rescued via helicopter.

"My SPOT did exactly what it was supposed to. My friends were able to check my waypoints, and they received my help button. While it was a mistake to not backtrack when I realize I lost my map, I did everything right after that, including pressing the S.O.S. button on my SPOT. I am eternally grateful for the Search and Rescue team that came to assist me. No matter what your experience is, everyone should carry a SPOT device because you never know what is going to happen."