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by Staff | 2009-04-30 10:04:00-06


UPDATE 5/2/09 4:07 PM:


: Ken Knight
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 180-200 lb
Point Last Seen: Punchbowl Mountain on the Appalachian Trail in VA
Time Last Seen: Sunday, April 26, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Unique Characteristics: wearing a dry-bag style backpack with a bright orange packbag, hiker is vision-impaired.

If you have info, please contact us:

Photo above taken Wednesday, April 22 on the Appalachian Trail.


"*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!," by Staff. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2009-04-30 10:04:00-06.


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Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: AWESOME NEWS!!!! on 05/03/2009 09:28:41 MDT Print View

As I expected, the nasty comments are starting to come in.

If the link does not work for you, try the Lynchburg New and Advance's site, The comments are on the story headlined "Missing AT Hiker Found."

Edited by citystuckhiker on 05/03/2009 09:50:16 MDT.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Ken Knight - Awesome News on 05/03/2009 09:30:37 MDT Print View

After much worry, many prayers and a large outpouring of effort by many the outcome was positive, this time.

What can be done by/for Ken to help eliminate or reduce the risk of a recurrence. Is there such a thing as a trail trained seeing eye dog? I, for one, would be willing to contribute to such a cause in an effort to see Ken remain safely active within the hiking community.

I do not intend this as being critical or judgemental of the situation. It is obvious by the number of postings on this site alone that Ken is well thought of and respected. I'm being sincere in asking what, if anything, could be done to provide a greater level of safety on future adventures.

Would an electronic device such as a SPOT (Satellite Personal Tracker) or a ACR Personal Locator Beacon be a user friendly option for those visually impaired?

Edited by thomdarrah on 05/03/2009 11:15:09 MDT.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Ken Knight - Awesome News on 05/03/2009 09:33:35 MDT Print View

I'm reserving any comments on cause and future hikes until more facts come out from those involved.

j tomais
(jtomais) - F
nice on 05/03/2009 09:57:44 MDT Print View

Isn't it nice that your mag is now famous because your editor got lost? Ha! How much money did it cost to find your editor? I know, I am supposed to think courageous, but seems more like irresponsible.

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Re: Nasty Comments online on 05/03/2009 09:58:20 MDT Print View

Deleted my comment. Not worth it. Glad Ken's great. Didn't realize that was him moderating all those podcasts I listened to on the way to work.

Edited by Rezniem on 05/03/2009 22:33:33 MDT.

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
Re: Re: Nasty Comments online on 05/03/2009 10:19:48 MDT Print View

Sometimes Nate it troubles me that I agree with you so much.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: nice on 05/03/2009 10:28:12 MDT Print View

Isn't it nice that your mag is now famous because your editor got lost? Ha! How much money did it cost to find your editor? I know, I am supposed to think courageous, but seems more like irresponsible.

Nice comment j tomias. Real mature. Glad you have such a wonderful opinion.

Edited by kennyhel77 on 05/03/2009 10:29:04 MDT.

Jesse Glover
(hellbillylarry) - F

Locale: southern appalachians

Don't feed the trolls just ignore it.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: Re: nice on 05/03/2009 10:49:51 MDT Print View

Hey tomias have you ever:
1 broke the speed limit
2 swam in the ocean
3 played a sport in school
4 dove off a diving board

There are dangers everywhere, to live life is not irresponsible. Or are you insinuating that people with disabilities don't have the same right to pursue happiness as those who don't?

Tom Brown
(brown_thomas_t) - F
Re: Re: Nasty Comments online on 05/03/2009 10:56:18 MDT Print View

I'm one of the "Lynchburg trolls" Nate referred too. As Red Cross volunteers, my wife and I were also one of the people who was at the Incident Commmand center running the search for Ken at 6:30 am yesterday morning. I was there along with about 150 other local trolls who also volunteered their time and worked their butts off in the massive search for Ken.
Nate, I can tell you that none of us trolls would martyr themselves before rescuing someone who's lost in the woods - even you. Although, after your moronic comments and insults too those Virginians who had their boots on the ground instead of in a cozy chair in front of a computer, I'd definitely take the time to have an extra cup of coffee before I hit the trail looking for you.

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
Nasty Comments on 05/03/2009 10:56:59 MDT Print View

>"Ken Knight, 41, was found at the base of Little Rocky Row after a small signal fire he lit got out of control, turning into a 2-acre brush fire on the ridge that got everyone’s attention, said Lt. Brandon Co.cke of the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department."

>“He was fine, Said Co.cke "He was talking, laughing and carrying on.”

Wow, what misunderstanding jerks. I'll bet the 2 acre bush fire is an exxageration, those idiotic news peoples!

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Trolls on 05/03/2009 11:02:14 MDT Print View

Okay, this is getting off topic and I feel responsible.

Tom, I don't think you understand the term "troll", or else you wouldn't have called the volunteers on the ground "trolls". Trolls are people on the internet who get kicks out of posting incendiary, often cruel, things.....their favorite targets are the disadvantaged/minorities.....

Everyone here has nothing but respect and admiration for local volunteers.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: nice on 05/03/2009 11:02:43 MDT Print View

I take comfort in knowing that one S&R volunteer or professional contributes more to society and our nation than a thousand intertubes trolls. I also know that a successful search is a thousand times more rewarding to these selfless folks than a recovery operation.

By my crude arithmetic that means this wonderful outcome for Ken is one million times more valuable than a thoughtless lashing out from one small, angry person.

It's a happy day, indeed!

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
Trolls on 05/03/2009 11:05:33 MDT Print View

Yes, the S&R team as well as the ER people are the ones who deserve the honor here...I was taliking about the media that twists and exxagerates things so people will pay more attantion to the story. They are the jerks. just look at the exxagerated cooments above.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Ken Knight - Awesome News on 05/03/2009 11:59:59 MDT Print View

Please, please, don't turn what for most members of BPL is a joyous time and thread into something crass and irrelevant. Waiting for the news of Ken's safety has been quite emotional for a lot of us and this thread was where we watched it. If you want to quibble over silly ideas, please do it on another thread. It is disrespectful for what we went through and hoped for here.

Tom Brown
(brown_thomas_t) - F
Ken Knight awesome news on 05/03/2009 12:25:42 MDT Print View

Welcome home, Ken! I can't wait to read your account of this whole thing, but first take some time to just relax, rejoice, and reflect.

Amy Rochelle
(amylrochelle) - F
Personally, I admire Ken on 05/03/2009 12:55:32 MDT Print View

Personally, I admire Ken. He doesn't let his lack of sight define him or what he's able to accomplish and experinece in life. He's out living life to the fullest, and doing so independently, well educated and prepared.

People who know and love him were mobilized instanteously it seems. If only we could all be that kind of friend to percipitate such a respnse from so many people in our moment of need.

Derek Anderson
(asaw2513) - F
Wow on 05/03/2009 13:28:50 MDT Print View

I was one of the people at the search and would first like to thank everyone for all the good things that have been said. I am glad ken is safe and is going to be allright. And would like to say thanks to all the people whom came out to help look for ken to. It was a pleasure to meet Ryan also. Not many people can say there boss will come help look for them if they were lost! As far as the comments that were on the media site. Just don't pay any mind to them. They are people that hide behind the computer screen and complain because they have nothing else to do. THE important thing is that by pulling all of the resources together such as, The VA dept of emergency management, the national park service, black diamond search and rescue, intermont search and rescue, Angel search and rescue, mid-Altaic search and rescue and all of the other VA SAR teams, the c-a-p, and all the fire fighters and volunteers and red-cross all pulled to gather to help find ken.

that is the most important thing of all that KEN IS SAFE. Who cares what those rude internet trolls say.

Edited by asaw2513 on 05/03/2009 13:31:24 MDT.

David T
(DaveT) - F
positivity. on 05/03/2009 13:53:40 MDT Print View

Hi all.

As other posters have noted, it would be great to keep this thread SOLELY about the search for Ken and the positive conclusion to it.

I imagine that there could and should be another thread later where we all can talk about what went wrong and all that (I imagine Ken might want to be involved so it's all firsthand info); that's how we all learn more about how we all stay safe in the backcountry. But until then, let's try to limit this thread to our good wishes about Ken being safe and sound, and our thanks to all the hardworking SAR folks and other volunteers that helped to get him back safe.

So... welcome home Ken, and THANKS to everyone's great efforts to help make that happen!


Willie Evenstop
(redmonk) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Thank you to everyone involved in the search and rescue effort, and others that aided the process. It is so awesome to read that Ken is found, alive, and doing well.