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Lost Hiker Ignored Rescuers' Phone Calls Due to Spam Risk

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On its face, the great value of humanity may be our ability to share our experience with one another with sentience and empathy.

We will all know, at some point, what it’s like to lose a loved one.  Many of us have commiserated with our friends during a hangover, or a disappointing sports moment.  When our parents told us “I can’t wait until you have kids of your own”, they knew what they were talking about.

This is the human experience in a nutshell, and without understanding what drives one another, we’re just apes with bombs.

And, as such, we all know how annoying it is when you get that dreaded phone call about your “car’s extended warranty”, or how you’ve been picked for a free cruise that doesn’t exist.  These spam calls are the bane of our existence at times, and they’ve now caused a lost hiker in Colorado several hours of undue trouble.

You can get a cellphone signal on the highest mountain in Colorado, and if you get lost hiking that mountain, you should probably answer your phone — even if you don’t recognize the caller’s number.

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That’s the message being spread by Lake County Search and Rescue, which tried to help a lost hiker on Mount Elbert by sending out search teams and repeatedly calling the hiker’s phone. All to no avail. The hiker spent the night on the side of the mountain before finally reaching safety.

“One notable take-away is that the subject ignored repeated phone calls from us because they didn’t recognize the number,” the rescue unit said on its Facebook page.

So, what exactly happened?

The hiker set out at 9 a.m. on Oct. 18 on a route that normally takes about seven hoursto complete, round-trip. A caller alerted search and rescue teams around 8 p.m., and a five-person team stayed in the field looking for the hiker until 3 a.m., when the team suspended the search.

More searchers hit the mountain the next morning, but then the hiker appeared, having finally made it back to their car. The hiker had gotten disoriented in an ordeal that lasted about 24 hours.

The rescue teams hoped to use the incident to remind hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use some common sense when they are in these sorts of situations.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.