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Old 07-09-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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He and his mate almost made it 24 hours before pulling the plug.

Long Alaska day too much for campers from Outside: Interior | adn.com

The midnight twilight turned out to be too much for a couple of out-of-state visitors who wanted to be rescued after spending a single night in the Bush this month, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Troopers say they got a report of an emergency locator beacon registered to Washington, D.C., resident William Calomiris, 27, that was activated near Pungokepuk Lake, 20 miles northeast of Twin Hills, about 8:30 p.m. July 1. An air taxi service had dropped him and Adam Grunstra, also 27, of Bethesda, Md., off at the lake on June 30 for a seven-day stay, troopers said.

Troopers alerted the Alaska Air National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard and then diverted their own Dillingham-based floatplane that was in the area to head to the scene and check things out.

The floatplane touched down about 10:30 p.m. to find there was no emergency. A day in the wilds had just taken its toll and the men were ready to leave, troopers said.

"Calomiris and Grunstra claimed that they had been sunburned," troopers wrote in a dispatch. "They were unprepared to deal with the long day length and any further exposure to the sun. They had activated the beacon in an effort to get extracted ahead of schedule."

Troopers passed a message to the air taxi service in Dillingham that the men were requesting an early departure and told them to wait at the pickup point, where they were recovered the next day, troopers said.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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This is great.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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two dumb arzz's!!!
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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"Calomiris and Grunstra claimed that they had been sunburned," troopers wrote in a dispatch. "They were unprepared to deal with the long day length and any further exposure to the sun.
Did they come up here without any clothes? WTH?
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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It was probably an adverse sun reaction to the bear pee he was going to roll in....they must have forgotten the dingy with the supplies, canned crops,etc...
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:22 PM
 
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funny the article states "they claimed to be sunburned" how come there was no statement by the officers that they were in fact sunburned???!!
me think they were on a "trip" believing that the crops grow by the 100's of acres and you just get dropped off and there it will be!!
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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I cannot say I am surprised. I just hope the Troopers and USCG are able to bill them for the cost of their "rescue." That is going to be one very expensive sunburn.

I suppose it could have been worse. One of them might have gotten a hang-nail.

This should be a lesson to all those metrosexual lower-48ers, Alaska is not your cup of tea. Stay home and get a subscription to Alaska Magazine or National Geographic instead of making a laughing stock of yourself.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Probably heard an owl and scat their pants. Then got sunburned because they couldn't wear their pants. No mention of mosquitos either. They should have just stayed at the bus.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Probably ran out of pot and came to their senses...
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Wasn't this out by you Warpt?
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