Firefighters aid hikers along Appalachian Trail

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – White Count Fire Services personnel spent a grueling Sunday delivering aid to three female hikers in two separate incidents near the Low Gap Shelter along the Appalachian Trail.

At 11:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a female hiker suffering from exhaustion and dehydration just a few feet south of the Low Gap Shelter. On arrival, they discovered that it was a female hiker and her daughter.

The daughter tried to make her way to the parking area of Hog Pen but she became distressed about a mile before the parking area.  A team of three firefighters went in to her location and a second team went in to the Low Gap area for the mother.

The mother was located about one mile south of the shelter.  A Department of Natural Resources helicopter was used to lift her out to awaiting fire personnel at 801 Low Gap Road in Union County. She was treated on the scene for dehydration.

The daughter was walked out by the first team to their vehicle.  She was given water and her supplies were carried by fire personnel to her vehicle.  The mother was transported to her daughter’s location after extrication.

While in the process of cleaning up from that event, another call was received to go to Low Gap Shelter for a female with a possible fractured arm.  That patient was lifted by helicopter and then transported by Union General Ambulance to Union General Hospital.

This entire event kept firefighters on these incidents for approximately 10 hours.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said, “I would like to commend, (Cleveland) Chief Norman Alexander and his team along with the 911 dispatch personnel for the quick response and team work in assisting these individuals to safety.”

 

 

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Benton MacKaye Trail Association work trip slated for April 14

Community, Outdoors, Press Release

The Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) is seeking volunteers to help with trail maintenance for an upcoming work trip.

According to Barry Allen, Georgia work trip coordinator for the BMTA, a work trip is planned for Saturday, April 14, on a section of the trail near Springer Mountain, Georgia. This month’s work trip will focus mostly on improvements to about 50 to 60 water diversions. Allen added an appreciation cookout for volunteers will follow work at about 12:30 p.m.

All work trip participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes or boots, pants and long sleeve shirts, work gloves and, for cold-weather trips, multiple thin layers that can be easily shed one at a time. Also, a daypack for storing food, water or other items is always a good idea for work trips. Food and water are not supplied by the BMTA on work trips; however, tools are provided by the Association. The BMTA recommends workers to bring at least two liters of water for the trip.

Those interested can meet either at Hardee’s in East Ellijay for breakfast at 8 a.m. or at Big Stamp Gap, which is about one mile past the Springer Mountain Appalachian Trail parking lot on Forest Service 42, at 9 a.m.

The Benton MacKaye Trail spans three states – Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina – and nearly 300 miles from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Davenport Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is enjoyed by thousands of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts each year.

For anyone with questions or needing further information or directions, contact Barry Allen at bmtabarry@gmail.com or 770-294-7384.

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Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

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