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Missing in Oregon - James Kim (CNET,TechTV)

  1. Dec 5, 2006 #1

    robphy

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    While watching the news this morning about the family that had been missing in Oregon: about the rescue of the mother and her two children and the continued search for the father, James Kim,
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2701123&page=1
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/12/05/missing.family.ap/index.html



    I said to myself "Where have I seen him before?" Then, it dawned on me...
    He is a CNET editor and was one of the regular contributors to the G4/TechTV cable-tv network... in particular, the Fresh Gear show (about tech gadgets) and The Screen Savers

    (from Leo Laporte's site)
    http://www.leovilletownsquare.com/fusionbb/showtopic.php?tid/15950/

    Here's a video of James Kim at CNET


    http://www.sfgov.org/site/police_index.asp?id=37978 (missing person report)
    http://news.com.com/2300-1028_3-6140554-1.html (a map)

    Let's hope they find him safe.
     
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  3. Dec 5, 2006 #2
    I hope they find him ..very soon.
     
  4. Dec 5, 2006 #3

    Monique

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    That's sad, I hope they find him soon. What's a CNET editor doing without a GPS car unit? (everyone has one of those these days) Or wouldn't that work in that area?
     
  5. Dec 5, 2006 #4

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    The guy is an idiot and may well have essentially committed suicide. First of all, why did they ever leave pavement ? To take your family exploring in the middle of the night does not make sense. If they got lost then they should have turned around the instant the pavement ended.

    Next the fool tried to walk out for help, they followed his tracks on the road for about 2 miles then HE CUT CROSS COUNTRY!

    I grew up in this region(southwester Oregon), I am very familiar with the terrain, it is rough to say the least, even on a nice day the hillsides are difficult to cross, in the snow, forget it. You are going to get wet, the snow is not your nice powder, it is just a half step from water. If you play in the snow you WILL get wet, then you get cold. If you do not get dried out and warm within a few hours you are in big trouble. Now you people in the cold regions may laugh at our 5C winter temps, but if you are wet and in the cold hypothermia is inevitable.

    His body may be found soon, or it may be found 10years from now or even never. The brush is thick the hill sides are steep and treacherous. I am sorry for his family.
     
  6. Dec 5, 2006 #5

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    One of CNET's blogs seems to be keeping a close eye on how it develops :

    http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9666094-1.html?tag=nl.e729

    ...they send the link in one of their newsletters. Sounds like weird screw up with unfortunate consequences.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2006 #6

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    He was an absolute idiot, he decided to take off road short cuts in the snow where another couple got lost last winter. Absolutely brain dead to leave well marked safe roads in this kind of weather/area.
     
  8. Dec 5, 2006 #7

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    Could it be that he did have a GPS and that is why he was where he was?

    Technology seems to give many a false sense of safety. But the fact is you can know exactly where you are and be in BIG trouble. So he goes looking for some snow for his child to play in,... Hey I've got a GPS I can't get lost... But how does a GPS get you unstuck? You know exactly where you are, but if you car is stuck that is not much help.

    According to the news they were in the Denny's in Roseburg at 8pm (That's my hometown, one of my friends married a waitress from that Denney's) heading for a hotel in Gold Beach. Gold Beach is between 3 and 4 hrs drive on crooked 2 lane roads (no freeway). I would not want to do that drive at night any time of the year...

    :confused:

    Why?
     
  9. Dec 5, 2006 #8

    Integral

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    One hour ago that link worked, now it says it has been disconnected.. Is there news?
     
  10. Dec 5, 2006 #9

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    The trouble is that people who don't live in areas like this simply can't appreciate just how dangerous it can be. I've lived here for twenty years and am still learning the do's and don'ts.
     
  11. Dec 5, 2006 #10

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  12. Dec 5, 2006 #11

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    When will people realize that you just don't take unplowed roads off the beaten path in snowy weather? You lose your bearing and your car gets stuck. DUH.

    I hope this gets enough press to prevent some other joker from trying to take some shortcut instead of getting back on the main highway, even if it means another 30 minutes.
     
  13. Dec 5, 2006 #12

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    Here is an explanition of how they got stuck. I am finding it a bit harder to blame Mr. Kim. It looks like Google Maps is the trouble.

    Pull up google maps and ask for directions from Grants Pass Or to Gold Beach. You are directed to BLM roads. These are single lane roads that are not passable in the winter to anything other then a 4x4.

    Could Google be liable?
     
  14. Dec 5, 2006 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    How often does this sort of thing happen around here? I'm thinking that there are at least two a year.
     
  15. Dec 5, 2006 #14

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    Btw, we lost one of our physics grad students on Mt. Hood. He went out for a day hike, a snow storm seemingly came out of nowhere, and I don't think they ever found the body.
     
  16. Dec 5, 2006 #15

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    If Google Maps has the same disclaimer as Mapquest, probably not. Mapquest disclaimer says something like "always use common sense and verify that the roads actually exist and are passable." I remembered because when I saw it, I thought, Uh Oh, they must have gotten in trouble because some idiot following Mapquest instructions turned left when there was nothing but a hole under construction or a big tree.
     
  17. Dec 5, 2006 #16

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    I love how the stories keep changing stories. When first found, the wife said that they had been in a hurry and had decided to take two shortcuts to their destination.

    Last story said that they had missed their interstate exit and they decided to take some Bear pass Road as a quicker way across instead of turning around and getting back on the right road. and then got stuck.
     
  18. Dec 6, 2006 #17

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    I don't recall it ever happening until the last 2 or 3 years. Before google there was no way of learning about these seldom traveled roads. The locals know about them and know when to use them. Now that Google (Map Quest etc. ) and GPS have started to be in common use people are getting into trouble by venturing off the beaten path and not being aware of the hazards.
     
  19. Dec 6, 2006 #18

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    Asked why Kim apparently ventured into such difficult territory, Anderson said, "I'm hoping I have the opportunity to ask that question, why he did that."

    Kim and his family got stuck in their 2005 Saab station wagon after venturing up Bear Camp Road, a treacherous, winding route, during a storm on the night of Nov. 25. At an elevation of around 3,000 feet, about 50 miles from their intended destination on the coast, the Kims turned off onto the gravel road, drove about 3 miles and got stuck.

    It would have been a harrowing drive. Bear Camp Road is covered with snow, with barely room for one car in places. In some spots there are sheer cliffs with no guardrails to prevent disaster should a driver miscalculate.

    Even on a sunny day such as Tuesday, a four-wheel-drive vehicle must creep along at 15 mph.

    From Bear Camp Road, one can see the tree-covered valley where Kim disappeared. The forest stretches as far as the eye can see, and there is nothing manmade in sight.

    "The family is in good health. We've got to assume he is OK, too," Deputy Jason Denton of the Jackson County sheriff's search and rescue team said as he arrived at the spot where Kim left the roadway. "At least we hope."

    Kim's wife, Kati Kim, 30, and his daughters, Penelope, 4, and 7-month-old Sabine, were found safe with the family car Monday afternoon, nine days after they got stuck.

    They checked out of Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass on Tuesday after doctors concluded the baby had suffered no ill effects from the ordeal, and they were staying in an undisclosed location.

    "Their focus is on finding James," said Linda Rankin, vice president for patient care at the hospital.

    James Kim was wearing a heavy jacket, a sweater, blue jeans and tennis shoes and had two cigarette lighters with him when he set out for help, Anderson said. He said earlier reports that Kim was carrying snowshoes might have been wrong.

    "They are pretty resourceful," he said of the Kims. "They survived nine days out there, so maybe he got a fire going."

    After they got stuck, the Kims ran the engine of their station wagon to power its heater, and when the gas was gone, they burned the tires. They ate what little food they had, and Kati Kim breastfed her two daughters.

    Her mother, Sandy Fleming of Gallup, N.M., said Kati Kim had ventured away from the car with the children to look for her husband after he didn't return Saturday, but she soon abandoned the effort because of the snow and the difficulty of carrying the girls.

    "She's just exhausted and worried about her husband,'' Fleming said.

    The family left San Francisco on Nov. 18 for a combined vacation and work trip for James Kim, who is a senior editor at Cnet, a tech news Web site based in San Francisco. They spent Thanksgiving in Seattle with family, then went to Portland, where they had brunch with their friend Ryan Lee, 30, on Nov. 25.

    The Kims then left on their way

    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/06/FAMILY.TMP
     
  20. Dec 6, 2006 #19

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    This is a tragic story. Rule #1 when stranded in a blizzard -DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE. You will suffer, but not die until you starve to death, which takes about 3 weeks. Huddle for warmth, drink melted snow and STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE. The locals will almost invariably find you within 10 days if you are on a paved road. I sincerely doubt Kim will be found alive. The bear tracks they reported tonite having found near his footprints is not a good sign. I think he was disoriented when he left the road due to hypothermia. I hope I am wrong.
     
  21. Dec 6, 2006 #20

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    Oregon Black bear are not a threat to humans, maybe he could cuddle with the bear and get warm.

    When Mr. Kim left the car the storm was over, that day the weather was beautiful, sunny and 45F.

    I agree that it is to late for him. His body may not be found for years, if ever.
     
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