No lie! A friend of mine was helicoptered off the Boucher a few years ago. She was in a semi-coma, woke up in the hospital. She said when she woke up she looked around and saw she was in an ICU (she's a nurse) and said to herself, "Oh, good! Now I don't have to hike out!" Anyway, on the hike she was drinking a lot but probably not eating enough, and all of her snacks were of the "healthy" unsalted variety. Gotta have salt, electrolytes, gatorade, etc. She said the weather was warm but not hot, so it can happen even in mild weather. This condition makes you very weak, then completely delirious, then you die. She was lucky.al1inaz wrote:In response to 5trips' reply:
One big problem we have with inexperienced hikers is that they hear about needing to drink lots of water. So they drink and drink, but they can't drink enough and they don't balance the electrolytes This leads to a condition known as hyponatremia that can be very serious and even deadly.