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Utah Boy Scout dies at camp


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My brother-in-law who was very fit got altitude sickness awhile back even though he had gone hiking up before.  They were going up Timp.  I don't know if living in Southern California for decades with only semiannual visits back to Utah made a difference, but it was quite shocking.  There were other guys much less fit that were fine.  They were able to carry him down before it went too far, thank goodness.

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I don't know much about the symptoms for altitude sickness.  This is a horrible tragedy.  My first impulse was to criticize the leaders for waiting from Thursday until Saturday to decide he needed help but in reality I don't know the symptoms of altitude sickness so I might not have worried much about a relatively healthy young man saying he had a headache and an upset stomach.  

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Can't find info on if it was LDS troop, but likely.  He was LDS

A friend of the mom on the KSL Facebook page explains why help wasn't gone for earlier:

"Possibly. I was told it was only last night that he felt worse...too late to hike out. They will do an autopsy to find out more."

https://www.facebook.com/ksltv/posts/10155952260533676

A tribute:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686245/6An-amazing-son7-Family-of-fallen-Scout-pays-tribute-on-his-18th-birthday.html

 

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I'm curious about how high they got.  Altitude sickness supposedly becomes a problem above 14,000 feet, but my husband's cousin almost died from it at a lower altitude.  It's possible they didn't think of it at first because they hadn't yet reached that cutoff point.

 

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