This week a couple from a northern state went on a two day backpack trip into the Superstitions. Misjudging the difficulty of the trails and not carrying enough water they found themselves overdue at nightfall the second day. Most of you would say not to bad of a deal. After all it does cool off at night in the desert. Whats a few more hours of hiking in the dark just to reach the trailhead.
However the wife only took enough of a REQUIRED prescription for two days. Now stressed out and low on water as well, she became unable to travel and experienced a seizure and dry heaves. Fortunately SSAR did not have to stoke her down from Fremont Saddle to the Peralta Trail Head as there was available the DPS Ranger guy with his shiny helicopter.
If you require medication please take along more than you plan for when you go hiking or backpacking. No tax payer available helicopter could mean a stokes carry of considerable distance. Not exactly fun for the SSAR guys or you the victim!
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