Jour 220 Lead Homework
- Hiker practice
Georgia hiker survived freak accident on Appalachian Trail with broken leg, lost in the forest for four days alone in the wilderness.
Local high school biology teacher Will Henderson slipped and broke his leg in the attempt to cross a stream whilst hiking off the trail.
Alone and with no-one to help him, he made a makeshift splint for his leg and crawled his way back to the main trail, dragging his 40 lb backpack with him. When asked if he ever thought about the odds stacked against him, he didn’t lose hope.
“I never doubted that I would be found. I got discouraged sometimes, but I figured that I had plenty of food and thought that if I could get back to a trail-particularly the main Appalachian Trail because it’s so busy-somebody would come along before long.” Henderson said.
After finally making it to a main trail, he was found by two hikers who at first thought he was some kind of animal, but after he cried for help multiple times, they quickly rushed to his rescue. Regarding the difficulties he faced those four days alone, he remarked that he never stopped moving toward a trail.
“The mountain foliage was like a jungle. There had been a lot of rain up there this year, and it was really thick.” Henderson said. “If I had stayed where I was when I fell, I probably would still be there. At least, that’s what one of the park rangers said. I think I knew that instinctively when I fell, so I never thought about staying put. I knew that I had better get somewhere where people could find me.”
Henderson has not given up on hiking, even after his incident, and plans to hike the entire trail once his leg is in better shape.