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'Footsteps in the Snow' rescuer says
human connection makes the difference

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Posted By: NHChemist, 9/11/2019 9:51:50 PM

Pam Bales, 70, is a veteran rescue hiker who spent years on the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, bailing out hikers in dangerous situations. But on Wednesday, Bales said years of back-country experience and wilderness first aid aren’t necessary to help people — we just need to exercise some human compassion. “I think everyone in this room has some rescuer in us,” Bales said. “We are human and we care.”


I posted the original story last January. People caring for others is a cultural trademark of rural people who know that they may need help at anytime and depend on others when necessary. They give help to strangers knowing that strangers will give them help when needed.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 9/11/2019 10:31:30 PM (No. 177585)
For many decades an amazing group - the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team - have saved hikers who got themselves into messes in our deceptively dangerous San Gabriel Mountains. All volunteers, they started their organization in 1951. When I started “hiking” some of the trails up there, as a teenager, I was warned by my hiker Mother to never ever take a shortcut. Too many are on the looping trails, look down, think “ah, a shortcut”, and start what amounts to a schuss down shale, ending only God (and hopefully the rescuers) knows where. If they are fortunate, they’re only badly hurt. If they are not so, they end up going over a cliff they had no idea was down there...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: panther361 9/11/2019 11:45:49 PM (No. 177609)
I can personally vouch for what #1 states. I have lived in, fished and hunted the Sierras for more than 40 years, around the Ebbett's Pass area. Hunt camp is at 8,000 ft on average and I can tell you a wrong foot placement from not paying attention can have you falling for quite a while before you hit something. A lot of SAR is populated by volunteers by county. They deserve great cudos for their efforts.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 9/11/2019 11:49:21 PM (No. 177610)
Caring and compassion seems to be an age related thing today. We have a generation without empathy. We have neighbors who won't even communicate with each other and it's every man for himself.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 9/12/2019 11:55:08 AM (No. 178022)
Empathy is a learned response. If the young are not raised in a caring environment, taught to feel for others, to care, they will not be able to genuinely relate to what another person is experiencing.
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