Injured climber on Mt. Adams survives on insects and berries

Centipedes tasted like Doritos and ants were spicy-

Mountain survivor recalls bug diet on Wash. slope. By Mary Hudetz. Associated Press Writer





  1. vicki Avatar

    now that is fortitude. bear grills and les stroud have nothing on this guy!

  2. dbaileyhill Avatar

    In the article they left out some details, (not surprising), two that i will mention- He also has two frostbitten toes, but what is worse is why he is lying on his side in the picture; not only did the lava rocks shred the seat of his pants but also his butt *AND* then his butt was frostbitten also! OUCH!!!!
    He said the centipedes tasted like Doritos and the ants were spicy like Hot Tamales. He described becoming one with nature, and so eating bugs and drinking water from a stream just seemed normal. With his outlook I would bet that he could survive just about anything. It seems that he viewed his predicament as a challenge. I think we all could benefit by following his example.
    He said he always goes out hiking alone but from now on he will take someone with him, along with buying a GPS because his cell phone could not get a signal.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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