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Arizona Student Survives Trapped in a Blizzard for 10 Days
ABC News ^ | 12-22-11 | KEVIN DOLAK and AMANDA KEEGAN

Posted on 12/25/2011 6:51:49 AM PST by SJackson

After 10 days trapped alone in her Toyota Corolla in freezing temperatures deep in a secluded mountain range, an Arizona woman is recovering at a Flagstaff Medical Center after being rescued from her ordeal.

Lauren Weinberg, an Arizona State University student, survived on two candy bars and melted snow for water after her car became stuck in snow outside a forest gate near a line of cliffs with no one around for miles. The 23-year-old sat in the car without a heavy coat or blanket for nearly a week and a half as another snow storm dumped more than two feet of snow around her.

"She did not have a lot in the way of provisions, she did not have a lot in the way of warm clothing," police told ABC News. "She had a cell phone with her. She told us that she couldn't use it because the battery was dead, and then I guess at some point because of the cold it became completely disabled."

Weinberg had last been seen leaving her mother's house in Phoenix on the night of Dec. 11. She drove four hours toward Arizona's Mogollon Rim when a gate blocked her from traveling any farther. It was when she attempted to turn her car around that she became stuck.

Lauren Weinberg, 23, survived for several days on two candy bars and melted snow after her vehicle got stuck in the snow in east-central Ariz. Student Survives 10 Days in Snow Watch Video

Park rangers found her on Wednesday about 45 miles southeast of Winslow, according to Coconino County sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: arizona; student

1 posted on 12/25/2011 6:51:51 AM PST by SJackson
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.
2 posted on 12/25/2011 6:53:09 AM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: SJackson

So why was she out there in the middle of no where for? Article doesn’t say.


3 posted on 12/25/2011 6:55:22 AM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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Pics and video...

http://www.irockcollege.com/2011/12/22/video-lauren-weinberg-missing-asu-student-survives-10-days-on-candy-melted-snow-after-being-stranded/SJackson


4 posted on 12/25/2011 7:05:38 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mmogamer
"So why was she out there in the middle of no where for? Article doesn’t say."

On her way to an "Occupy" the national park demonstration?

5 posted on 12/25/2011 7:07:41 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: All
Pics and Video
6 posted on 12/25/2011 7:08:46 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mmogamer

Probably because Az is beautiful in winter.

That is my favorite time of year to hike there.


7 posted on 12/25/2011 7:10:16 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SJackson

Ama amazed that people do not have emergency supplies in their car.


8 posted on 12/25/2011 7:11:08 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Let's apply the "reasonable man" standard to gun laws. How many would stand?)
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To: Mmogamer

On the same note, Oregon seems to specialize in lost motorists on MT roads closed for the season, meaning you don’t get found for months.

If you don’t check the weather, and don’t carry a food bag and cold wx bag, you could be in deep stuff traveling in the winter, even on the Interstate system.

Lucky young lady, or her guardian angel was on the job.


9 posted on 12/25/2011 7:12:17 AM PST by wita
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To: Mmogamer
She appears to have a little bit of that "Runaway bride" look about her.

10 posted on 12/25/2011 7:18:36 AM PST by Krankor ( spare time.)
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To: SJackson
Northern Arizona is not the place to be traveling the backroads in winter. Not alone and not without cold weather gear.
Anyone that's spent time there knows the snow fall around Flag can be be brutal. I always carried a shovel, extra blankets and fuel and some extra clothes when headed into the Rim country during winter.

Wait..this was a student? That explains it!

11 posted on 12/25/2011 7:19:39 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

You’d think at least she’d have charged her phone up.
If I were going into back country like that then yeah I’d have some extra stuff. It’s not like you are going to the local park for a walk.


12 posted on 12/25/2011 7:26:44 AM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: SJackson

Obligatory ham radio plug. HF radio can raise others hundreds or thousands of miles away. Even if the only person you can reach is in NY, that person can call AZ and call for help. The stranded person having a GPS would also be helpful, then being able to report accurate position to rescuers. A few cans of beans would be nice, too.


13 posted on 12/25/2011 7:29:00 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: count-your-change

I keep three sled dogs in the trunk.


14 posted on 12/25/2011 7:29:54 AM PST by Krankor ( spare time.)
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To: Krankor

Well, that takes care of the food problem.


15 posted on 12/25/2011 7:37:32 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Mmogamer

But she had a Toyota! So back country roads are nothing, nothing. And it won’t snow till she’s back home in the Valley of Smog.


16 posted on 12/25/2011 7:45:48 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

Or summer. She also had not water. I wouldn’t entirely blame it on being a student, plenty of students do fine, plenty of adults make the same mistakes.


17 posted on 12/25/2011 7:46:52 AM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: SJackson

“I been standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me.
Come on baby, don’t say maybe. I got to know if your sweet love is gonna save me.”
THE EAGLES


18 posted on 12/25/2011 7:50:07 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SJackson

You’re right....she didn’t make it snow so it’s not all her fault..


19 posted on 12/25/2011 7:52:27 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: coloradan

20 posted on 12/25/2011 8:15:40 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mmogamer

cellphones don’t always have coverage in the boondocks out west.


21 posted on 12/25/2011 8:16:55 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SJackson

Thank you. Merry CHRISTmas!


22 posted on 12/25/2011 8:20:01 AM PST by wizr (If God isn't on your side, who is?)
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To: SJackson

If anything could go wrong, it....

I carry basic trunk tools (and my water bottle) all the time.

Just to be at ease in the winter, no matter where I go I carry a warm coat, scarf, earmuffs, gloves, and a small blanket and that’s just in town... in Texas. :>)))))

However when I was young this did not apply and sometimes I wonder how I survived.

What’s that saying...with age, sometimes we gain wisdom or something like that.


23 posted on 12/25/2011 8:34:10 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: SJackson

Hopefully, if she has any sense, she now understands the importance of keeping emergency supplies in her vehicle. Food, water, warm blankets, first aid kit, flashlight, etc.


24 posted on 12/25/2011 8:35:50 AM PST by Altariel (`)
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To: SJackson; All

I, for one apparently, am impressed !
When I lived in Colorado I traveled (Even short trips into town) with at least 3 days of supplies - No radio, but some wood, WX stuff and a shotgun with about 50 rounds. My girlfriend and roommate at the time had sports cars, so they weren’t going to help.

But as time went on, and I began to use some of this (My Toyota 4Runner NEVER got stuck, even in feet of the white stuff) and I started going through over-night drills, I became less and less packed down. At the end of my time in Colorado (When I put the NATIVE sticker on the truck) I only had the shotgun, 50 rounds, a survival knife, swiss army knife (With saw.. the only blade I ever used) a back-up folding saw, a tent and a very expensive, very effective parka. I was now foot-capable in the heavy weather.

Perhaps this girl has this same sort of background. She ditched the heavy stuff, stopped being so nervous about being stranded, and just went into the mountains. I think she did a great job.


25 posted on 12/25/2011 8:39:14 AM PST by Celerity
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To: Mmogamer

I read one account where it said that the park service doesn’t always give timely notifications of park gate closings so she must have thought she could drive through that particular gate to get to where she was going.


26 posted on 12/25/2011 8:49:40 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: Celerity

But there is a difference in “just” Surviving - Surviving with meager supplies - and getting stuck and going “What the heck” and surviving comfortably until rescue.

Good on her for making the most of what she had making it through until rescue instead of trying to walk out and die of exposure someplace.

A few basic items in a mid size tupperware container go a long way in making a forced stay more “comfortable”.

I carry a couple of wool/poly blend surplus blankets in the trunk. Multi use items. Got stuck in some mud one time in the middle of nowhere. Used my folding E-Tool to dig out around the tires and laid the blankets down for a mat.

The wife was impressed on me getting out but pointed her finger down the road to the commercial washing machines.


27 posted on 12/25/2011 8:53:59 AM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: SJackson

Shw was wise to stay in her car.


28 posted on 12/25/2011 9:14:16 AM PST by marvlus
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To: count-your-change
You’re right....she didn’t make it snow so it’s not all her fault..

What I said was her lack of common sense precautions wasn't a function of being a student, adults do the same thing all the time.

29 posted on 12/25/2011 9:28:28 AM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
However when I was young this did not apply and sometimes I wonder how I survived.

You probably didn't get in trouble. As I noted before, it's not age. My kids are always prepared for situations like this. But largely no one teaches it, to kids or adults.

30 posted on 12/25/2011 9:30:10 AM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: rabidralph
I read one account where it said that the park service doesn’t always give timely notifications of park gate closings so she must have thought she could drive through that particular gate to get to where she was going.

I've seen gates up and roads open in Northern Az in conditions that would be difficult to impossible without a 4wd. And if you're between gates when they close. You need to be prepared.

31 posted on 12/25/2011 9:34:03 AM PST by SJackson (Haven't changed the environment, just take a bath. Eat a piece of chocolate. You need one. Michelle)
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To: SJackson

Her cell phone battery was dead! Everyone should have a car charger for their cell phone! EVERYONE!


32 posted on 12/25/2011 9:36:12 AM PST by Ditter
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To: SJackson

How old was this poor child? 23? Looks like being an adult student has decidedly lowered her intelligence....being generous and assuming it’s presence before.


33 posted on 12/25/2011 9:47:50 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I’d guess very few people have anything more than a cellphone for emergencies,besides a sense that “if anything bad happens someone will come”.


34 posted on 12/25/2011 10:15:29 AM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: count-your-change

Some adult students work to pay for their college education, while others join the military out of HS and go to college afterward.


35 posted on 12/25/2011 10:51:05 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: count-your-change
Well, that takes care of the food problem.Problem is, they'd be hungry too...I'd be afraid to let them out...
36 posted on 12/25/2011 11:04:20 AM PST by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: SJackson

Good thing that she wasn’t stranded in my area to the north. Foot-and-a-half of snow followed by a low of -31 F a few nights ago.


37 posted on 12/25/2011 11:05:44 AM PST by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: rabidralph

Quite true. And I’m sure they appreciate what they work so hard for as most of us do.


38 posted on 12/25/2011 11:07:33 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Iscool

You were going to take them live? oh...now that makes a difference.


39 posted on 12/25/2011 11:09:50 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: SJackson
For walking in high-altitude places (central and northern Rockies), you need over-the-calf Pac boots (preferably the -100 F kind--Pac boots being those with the thick, removable liners), extreme cold weather mittens with long gauntlets, good, wool head covering liner (kind that drapes down over the shoulders and covers all but the eyes), ski/snowboarding goggles, water resistant, ski/work pants with suspenders (preferably duck shell w/ insulation), parka with extra large hood (preferably duck shell w/ heavy insulation and coyote hood fringe w/ wire to avoid snow blindness), extra socks made of animal hair mix, example, wool mix) and some hand/foot warmers. Plus plenty of water, stored close to the body, and a charged cellphone (climb the nearest peak for reception. And great physical condition. Even then, you might be taking some chances.

Best to stay on main highways and carrying blankets, etc., with a plan to stay in the vehicle if stalled/stuck. And remember that main highways over the Divide are often too narrow and blocked for the purpose of diverting traffic to smaller, more dangerous highways and towns for revenues from tourism.


40 posted on 12/25/2011 11:49:48 AM PST by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: count-your-change
I always carried a shovel, extra blankets and fuel and some extra clothes when headed into the Rim country during winter.

Here in MT, a full set of vacuum-packed spare carhardts (top and bottoms), spare wool and leather gloves/mittens, spare snow packs, four wool army blankets, two tarps, and a small backpack full of MREs and other food go into the sawbox in the pickup in sept and stay there till may. That is in addition to all the winter gear that gravitates into the cab, and all the stuff that stays in the sawbox year-round. Add in a CB radio too, as cell phones don't work in the mountains very much.

Having had my truck die 30 miles off the road, I have first hand experience in this particularly - And I can tell you with great confidence that I was far more comfortable than I would have been otherwise.

41 posted on 12/25/2011 12:26:24 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: mylife
cellphones don’t always have coverage in the boondocks out west.

Hardly at all in the mountains in CA. We lost our transmission in the Sierra Nevada and had to limp backwards to a country store (where they had a pay pnone but they wouldn't let you use the bathroom unless you bought something). We finally got picked up by friends and had our car transported to a transmission shop all the way back in Fresno. TG the weather was OK and we had friends to call. The people at the store were rude, however. I couldn't believe how often my phone went dead however. I always have complete coverage in WI.

42 posted on 12/25/2011 1:14:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: familyop; count-your-change; mylife; TribalPrincess2U; Altariel; Celerity; PeteB570; roamer_1
Even if I'm just driving down to the corner store to buy a newspaper, and it's a beautiful, sunny day, I drive this fully loaded, nuclear powered baby, complete with helicopter landing pad, recessed machine gun turrets, satellite antenna and an extra large bag of Doritos.

43 posted on 12/25/2011 1:59:48 PM PST by Krankor ( spare time.)
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To: Krankor

It’s best to be prepared for every contingency!


44 posted on 12/25/2011 2:02:27 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Why do you think I take the Doritos!


45 posted on 12/25/2011 2:04:17 PM PST by Krankor ( spare time.)
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To: Krankor

Oh man!


46 posted on 12/25/2011 6:17:02 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: Krankor

My order for next birthday. Where can I get one? >)


47 posted on 12/25/2011 6:18:46 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

I made it in my garage.


48 posted on 12/25/2011 6:45:17 PM PST by Krankor ( spare time.)
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To: Krankor

uh-huh


49 posted on 12/25/2011 6:53:17 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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