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A lost Palo Alto couple. A 'miraculous' rescue. Here's what happened to Ian Irwin and Carol Kiparsky.

Original post made on Dec 8, 2020

In their first interview since their rescue in February, Palo Alto residents Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin describe how their Valentine's Day hike turned into a nine-day walkabout and a fight for their very survival.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 10:58 AM

Comments (3)

Posted by diesel
a resident of another community
on Dec 8, 2020 at 1:39 pm

diesel is a registered user.

So happy they survived. Suggestion: carry a personal locator beacon or satellite messenger device (REI has several). Put it in your pack and forget about it till you need it. Some of my friends now have one so that when hiking alone they can send an SOS. May seem pricey but if it prevents disaster?


Posted by Mary Hufty
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Dec 8, 2020 at 6:36 pm

Mary Hufty is a registered user.

Terrific sensitive article! Congratulations Sue. I know you to be a great listener and compassionate. There is much to learn from this article in term of our mortality and our understanding of wilderness at our doorstep. I am awed and filled with respect for the challenges that are at our doorsteps. Well done everyone involved!


Posted by dee
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Dec 9, 2020 at 6:44 pm

dee is a registered user.

That was really dense vegetation they were in, kudus to helicopter crew getting them out of there!
Interesting story.


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