*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

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by BackpackingLight.com Staff | 2009-04-30 10:04:00-06

*** ALERT *** APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER FOUND!

UPDATE 5/2/09 4:07 PM:

KEN KNIGHT WAS FOUND TODAY AND WALKED OUT UNDER HIS OWN STEAM.  HE IS AT THE HOSPITAL AND MORE DETAILS WILL LIKELY FOLLOW ONCE WE HAVE THEM.  -Addie Bedford


Name
: 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: publisher@backpackinglight.com.

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


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DJ Muller
(Rogue) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Re: Re: Ken Knight found and is OK on 05/02/2009 17:20:04 MDT Print View

Wonderful news!!! It is such a marvel at all the goodwill and talented people that brought this scenario to a happy ending. To Ken, I hope you are feeling alright and please accept my best wishes for a quick return to "normal" activities.

Mike Maurer
(maurer) - F - M

Locale: Oregon
Ken set a brush fire on 05/02/2009 17:39:02 MDT Print View

Just found this online - http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hwmLOFtvzzrQIEMGPivIGMUtp7EwD97UD3H80

It says Ken set a brush fire to attract attention and that's how they found him.

Mike

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Ken Found! (Unconfirmed) on 05/02/2009 17:39:17 MDT Print View

That is very good news...

Dan Cunningham
(mn-backpacker)

Locale: Land of 12,000 Loons
WOW! on 05/02/2009 17:43:26 MDT Print View

I am so happy to hear this - got teary eyed when I read it. Absolutely amazing... too often in life we don't get happy endings with this stuff. I am just so happy for Ken and all of this friends and family. What an amazing day for them.

Ellen Zaslaw
(ezaslaw) - F
Ken has been found on 05/02/2009 17:47:09 MDT Print View

Hallelujah! Ken, you gave us terrible scare! Welcome back. Good on you for setting that fire--I knew you'd have cleverness and skills to work with, if you were in a condition to use them.

Ellen

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Ken set a brush fire on 05/02/2009 17:48:03 MDT Print View

>It says Ken set a brush fire to attract attention and that's how they found him.

Way to go Ken! Good thinking!

Don Wilson
(don) - MLife

Locale: Koyukuk River, Alaska
Update from Ryan re Ken Knight on 05/02/2009 17:50:15 MDT Print View

Here's an update from Ryan:

Ken walked out of the woods on his own near John's Hollow, several miles south from where we was last seen near Bluff Mountain/Punchbowl.

He was met on his way out to the road by area fire crews, who were reponding to a nearby fire. Ken set the fire to attract attention.

We're en route to the hospital now to congratulate him on a job well done. All of VA SAR is very proud of him today!

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
Brush fires on 05/02/2009 17:52:41 MDT Print View

when I read this one

http://www.wdbj7.com/global/story.asp?s=10284936

It sounded as though the fire fighters thought it was a brush fire..but I guess setting a real brush fire works just fine too =p lol

gail staisil
(woodswoman2001) - F
"KEN KNIGHT IS MISSING ON APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VA" on 05/02/2009 17:54:36 MDT Print View

I am so greatful that Ken is OK. Even though I have just hiked with Ken a few times at group outings years back I know he is a very capable and resourceful outdoorsman. Thanks to all the search teams involved especially all the guys from Lower Michigan who drove over to help find their friend. Thanks Andy, Dennis, John, Chuck, Steve, Paul, and Matt!! Can't wait to hear your story Ken.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
hmmm - and in Dic*kens' "Hard Times" on 05/02/2009 18:00:44 MDT Print View

"...Dic*kens uses the symbol of fire to explain the contradictory forces that lie within a single concept."

from "Living and Dying with Fire in Charles Dic*kens' 'Hard Times'"

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1592695/living_and_dying_with_fire_in_charles.html

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: Ken set a brush fire on 05/02/2009 18:41:30 MDT Print View

> It says Ken set a brush fire to attract attention and that's how they found him.

Fantastic news. He's been in my thoughts a lot so it's great to hear he has been found!

Brenda T,
(Brenda) - F
Pulaski, VA resident on 05/02/2009 18:52:10 MDT Print View

I told my husband I thought it was smart he set that fire because it's supposed to storm...at least 1/2 inch or more (70% chance) starting sometime tonight, so since it's already pretty wet, wouldn't have been a big terrible fire :>)

Been sprinkling on and off all day where I live about 2 hrs west. Wouldn't surprise me at all if he could tell the weather and knew this was a good idea in the conditions? (winds pretty calm too). I knew they'd find that man!

Andrew Richardson
(arichardson6) - F

Locale: North East
Re: Update from Ryan re Ken Knight on 05/02/2009 18:55:11 MDT Print View

Awesome news! Glad you're okay Ken!

Kevin Lane
(KEVINLANE) - F
Ken on 05/02/2009 19:15:17 MDT Print View

Does this mean we do not get to split up his gear?

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Re: Update from Ryan re Ken Knight on 05/02/2009 19:19:20 MDT Print View

Praise God! Great news!
Welcome back, Ken!

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Ken is Found on 05/02/2009 19:20:06 MDT Print View

I can't believe how emotionally involved I've been with Ken's situation. I didn't even feel like doing my usual Saturday DIAD today. I am glad to trade my prayers for tears of gratitude.

Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Ken is Found on 05/02/2009 19:30:51 MDT Print View

YES!!! My wife and I are cheering right now. Way to go Ken! So, so glad you're okay!!!

Doug

. .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Ken is Found on 05/02/2009 19:38:40 MDT Print View

Very happy to hear the good news! Praise God for answered prayers!

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Yay!!!!! on 05/02/2009 19:39:42 MDT Print View

SOOO glad Ken's been found in good health!! I've only been a part of the BPL online community for a short time, but I can say that I'm proud to be a part of it. It was amazing to see so many people selflessly offer their support, time, energy, and skills in the effort to find Ken. From something as simple as a recommendation on a lightweight stove to helping save a life, BPL shows that some people still really do care to help others. I applaud you all.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Yay!!!!! on 05/02/2009 19:50:54 MDT Print View

I can't believe how emotionally involved I've been with Ken's situation. I didn't even feel like doing my usual Saturday DIAD today. I am glad to trade my prayers for tears of gratitude



Kathleen, we are all a very small community and when something goes wrong, we all get very concerned. We all know how things can turn south quickly. That said, I too was keeping an eye out and was elated today when I saw that, not only was he found, but was walking out on his accord.

How friggen cool!!!