Skip to comments.Arizona Student Survives Trapped in a Blizzard for 10 Days
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.
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So why was she out there in the middle of no where for? Article doesn’t say.
Pics and video...
On her way to an "Occupy" the national park demonstration?
Probably because Az is beautiful in winter.
That is my favorite time of year to hike there.
Ama amazed that people do not have emergency supplies in their car.
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.
Wait..this was a student? That explains it!
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.
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.
I keep three sled dogs in the trunk.
Well, that takes care of the food problem.
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.
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.
“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.”
You’re right....she didn’t make it snow so it’s not all her fault..
cellphones don’t always have coverage in the boondocks out west.
Thank you. Merry CHRISTmas!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shw was wise to stay in her car.
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.
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.
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.
Her cell phone battery was dead! Everyone should have a car charger for their cell phone! EVERYONE!
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.
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”.
Some adult students work to pay for their college education, while others join the military out of HS and go to college afterward.
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.
Quite true. And I’m sure they appreciate what they work so hard for as most of us do.
You were going to take them live? oh...now that makes a difference.
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.
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.
It’s best to be prepared for every contingency!
Why do you think I take the Doritos!
My order for next birthday. Where can I get one? >)
I made it in my garage.
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