I shudder to think what the price tag was for hauling a grossly obese hiker off the Appalachian Trail the other day was:
Oregon hiker resuced from Appalachian TrailDo we offer wheelchair services to the hikers who come here to commune with nature? Should we?
The Kingsport Times News
According to a report in the Greeneville Sun an Oregon man who had become ill while hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Hurricane Gap section of the Cherokee National Forest was rescued Saturday morning by emergency workers from Tennessee and North Carolina.
Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad member Kevin Ayers said on Saturday that Ross John Sieja, 62, reportedly had become ill while on a two- or three-day hike and had taken refuge at the Spring Mountain Shelter.
Sieja, who told rescuers he weighed 362 pounds, had been found by other hikers who used a cell phone to call for help, according to Ayers, who said it was unclear exactly how long Sieja had been in the Appalachian Trail shelter. (link)
Maybe I don't want to put ideas in Rick Boucher's ... brain. With so much money to spend each year, he's probably looking for new ways to blow it. Wheelchairs ... gurneys ... life flight helicopters ...