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(Billings Gazette)   Wyoming rancher hears about Wisconsin couple missing in the area for a week, decides "Guess I'd better go save those poor dumb bastards," drives his snowmobile up alpine highway and has them safe and eating pizza within hours   (billingsgazette.com) divider line 218
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2013-11-05 01:28:47 PM
Too bad they didn't have a dog.  They could've had food for a week.
 
2013-11-05 01:31:05 PM
They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

"Thank you, Google," Kristine said.

They had no idea the road had been closed since September, that the highway is only open seasonally.


Time to sue Google.

/not sure if serious
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-11-05 01:53:33 PM
It had dropped to 7 degrees below zero that night; Mark's water bottle, sitting in the back window, froze solid in a matter of hours.

I'm not convinced they are worth saving.

I remember a TV newsmagazine story from the 1990s about a guy who tried to drive on a seasonal road over the coastal range in Oregon and starved to death. At first he didn't want to walk through snow, and when he got desperate he couldn't walk through snow.
 
2013-11-05 02:00:59 PM
"Answer a survey question to continue reading..."


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2013-11-05 02:01:09 PM
They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

If a road goes over a mountain pass and it's not a major highway, don't assume it's open in the winter.
 
2013-11-05 02:01:24 PM

Walker: They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

"Thank you, Google," Kristine said.

They had no idea the road had been closed since September, that the highway is only open seasonally.

Time to sue Google.

/not sure if serious


Apple maps would've taken them to Mexico
 
2013-11-05 02:02:14 PM
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2013-11-05 02:02:18 PM

ThunderChicken: "Answer a survey question to continue reading..."


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Was that it?  I just saw all the gray redacted text and figured NSA.
 
2013-11-05 02:02:41 PM
Answer a survey question to continue reading this content

Fark you. I'll read this on any other 100 websites.
 
2013-11-05 02:04:37 PM

Walker: They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

"Thank you, Google," Kristine said.

They had no idea the road had been closed since September, that the highway is only open seasonally.

Time to sue Google.

/not sure if serious


Pfff, then everyone in OKC should join in; because none of that shiat is accurate.
 
2013-11-05 02:04:51 PM
wow! see, and they said even a near death experience couldn't make pizza hut pizza taste good!
 
2013-11-05 02:06:08 PM
What brand cellphone will you buy next?  I said penis and it worked.....
 
2013-11-05 02:06:10 PM
If you're traveling through a snowy mountain wilderness in the winter, maybe you should rely on something a bit more trustworthy than "Google" for your navigation needs... Just sayin
 
2013-11-05 02:06:13 PM

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This story is a little better
 
2013-11-05 02:06:26 PM

NutWrench: They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

If a road goes over a mountain pass and it's not a major highway, don't assume it's open in the winter.


Especially in Wyoming in the winter.  Hell, even I-80 spends a huge chunk of time closed in places.  212?  That road is the one road in Wyoming that has chain requirements during the colder parts of the season it is opened.  Given that road closures are common here all of the major roads (and a lot of the smaller ones) have warning posts that drop once the road is closed.  I'm slightly mystified that 212 doesn't.
 
2013-11-05 02:06:38 PM
Darwin kills, Google is just an accessory to the crime.
 
2013-11-05 02:06:54 PM

NutWrench: They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

If a road goes over a mountain pass and it's not a major highway, don't assume it's open in the winter.


Newsflash - For those who've never been out West, having roads actually close for weather is unheard of.

/Give these folks a break
 
2013-11-05 02:06:54 PM
OMG OMG OMG we're almost out of water, except for the feet-high drifts of frozen water all around us.  But still no food.  We're as good as dead.
 
2013-11-05 02:07:09 PM

The Onion is prophetic: Too bad they didn't have a dog.  They could've had food for a week.


they were DIS-oriented.
Not the other way around.

Donner, party of two? This way.

Tip your Washoe, I'll be here all week.
 
2013-11-05 02:08:31 PM
And no words form the rescuer who apparently rode off into the sunset until he's needed again.
 
2013-11-05 02:08:38 PM

ThunderChicken: "Answer a survey question to continue reading..."


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I attempted to do this once. Soon as I realized they wanted me to answer 10 questions to see the rest of the article I swore never to return to that site.

10 farking questions! I would rather watch a 30 second ad.
 
2013-11-05 02:08:38 PM

NutWrench: They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

If a road goes over a mountain pass and it's not a major highway, don't assume it's open in the winter.


Technically, it's not winter until December 21st or some shiat. They were out for a nice autumn drive when winter happened unexpectedly.

/barely writing with a straight face
 
2013-11-05 02:09:36 PM
Meanwhile Native Americans facepalm and wonder how these pale-faced idiots defeated them.
 
2013-11-05 02:10:09 PM
If a road is closed, PUT A farkING GATE ON IT. PUT SOME DUMPSTERS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

People tend to steal signs. Gates and blockades not so much.
 
2013-11-05 02:11:24 PM
...has them safe and eating pizza within hours

Yeah, but it was Chicago-style. Should've just let them die. It would've been more humane.

/amidoingitrite?
 
2013-11-05 02:11:51 PM
FTFA:

It was Sunday night, Nov. 3, and Mark and Kristine Wathke, missing since Oct. 28, were sitting in their Kia Forte trapped in a foot of snow above 10,000 feet on the Beartooth Highway. They had come to the realization that probably they weren't going to be found, that this was likely the end.


See....if they had a Matt Forte, they could have driven right through that snow.
 
2013-11-05 02:12:01 PM

cgraves67: Meanwhile Native Americans facepalm and wonder how these pale-faced idiots defeated them.


Are you sure they weren't facepalming because they just realized all their meth and aerosol cans ran out? And their EBT won't be reloaded for another 20 days?
 
2013-11-05 02:12:35 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: If you're traveling through a snowy mountain wilderness in the winter, maybe you should rely on something a bit more trustworthy than "Google" for your navigation needs... Just sayin


Like what? You do realize the free consumer version is the same as the one they sell to business for commercial use, right?
 
2013-11-05 02:13:37 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: ...has them safe and eating pizza within hours

Yeah, but it was Chicago-style. Should've just let them die. It would've been more humane.

/amidoingitrite?

no, your not. to do it right requires reading the article.
 
2013-11-05 02:14:01 PM
Fark them!

i306.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-05 02:14:11 PM

NutWrench: don't assume it's open in the winter.


Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: in the winter


Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: Especially in Wyoming in the winter.


This happened last week.  Winter starts Dec 20th.

And yeah, I know, climate is different in the Rockies.  I've lived there.  What always amazed me is how people assume you're psychic with these mountain roads.  A lot of places, no signage, no gates, no list anywhere to be found.  Talk to a ranger or highway patrol and they're like "well, usually be open about April, May.  Just have to wait and see I guess."  Thanks, appreciate that ad hoc approach to life.

One time a grader jumped out of his truck and yelled at me for trying to go around him on a gravel road.  He said "didn't you see that gate a mile back"?  I was like, yeah it was chained and locked wide open.  There was no sign.  Again, I'm not psychic, and neither were the two people with me apparently.
 
2013-11-05 02:15:32 PM
My GPS/GoogleMaps once took me through the middle of East St. Louis at night when all I wanted was to go to a town called Bellevile in Ilinois!

Fark you Google!!
 
2013-11-05 02:15:42 PM

Carousel Beast: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: If you're traveling through a snowy mountain wilderness in the winter, maybe you should rely on something a bit more trustworthy than "Google" for your navigation needs... Just sayin

Like what? You do realize the free consumer version is the same as the one they sell to business for commercial use, right?


Like a real farking travel map prepared by a local agency? What are you, 17? How do you think people travelled before iPhones?
 
2013-11-05 02:17:31 PM
FTFA: ""Thank you, Google," Kristine said."

Google is notorious for this kind of stuff. My personal favorite is when they put 4 or 5 u-turns in the directions. Oh and how it will flip shiat and recalculate everything if the GPS signal is even just a little weak.

Question: If maps was working didn't they have enough signal to call or message someone?
 
2013-11-05 02:17:44 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Carousel Beast: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: If you're traveling through a snowy mountain wilderness in the winter, maybe you should rely on something a bit more trustworthy than "Google" for your navigation needs... Just sayin

Like what? You do realize the free consumer version is the same as the one they sell to business for commercial use, right?

Like a real farking travel map prepared by a local agency? What are you, 17? How do you think people travelled before iPhones?


Way to double down on stupid. The rest of the world understands, embraces, and uses modern technology. Relies on it even. Hell, you may even have something right at your fingertips, this very moment, that can allow you to look at maps and plot a route, all without paper!
 
2013-11-05 02:17:49 PM

SuperNinjaToad: My GPS/GoogleMaps once took me through the middle of East St. Louis at night when all I wanted was to go to a town called Bellevile in Ilinois!

Fark you Google!!


This is one case where the apple maps would have been superior; they would have ended up in Florida.
 
2013-11-05 02:18:19 PM

TurboCojones: OMG OMG OMG we're almost out of water, except for the feet-high drifts of frozen water all around us.  But still no food.  We're as good as dead.


not exactly a stellar idea if you are going to use anything other than ambient body heat to melt it.

and even then....bringing it into thevehicle would lower the temperature of the vehicle..

mind you...  1/2 tank of gas left....
 
2013-11-05 02:19:43 PM
Dumb city folk.
 
2013-11-05 02:21:46 PM
They had no idea the road had been closed since September, that the highway is only open seasonally. They'd had pleasant weather that day in the park. So they set out and made it well past Cooke City before they started seeing any snow.
They both said they never saw any signs saying the highway was closed.


1. That's what they get for driving a Kia in the Wyoming mountains.

2. It's not an interstate, but it IS a US Highway, can't fault them entirely for choosing that particular road.

3. The "Unmarked closed road" thing has happened before. Back in the mid-late 90's, a couple of girls were skiing at Sunrise in Az, they came out and turned down one of these roads, and the sate closed it after they drove past the gate. They somehow got turned off of the main highway, so the truck going through looking for traffic didn't see them. At the end, one girl had lost half of one leg, and the foot off of the other. On the girls' end, they were stoned, on the state's end, they had closed the road without nothing cars that had gone thru in a certain timeframe, plus they closed it in the middle of the day, when the beginning would have made more sense. It was a fark-up on both sides.
 
2013-11-05 02:23:00 PM
Guess they never saw the Jim & Jennifer Stolpa episode of I Shouldn't Be Alive.

Les Stroud also went over that case in his book, and was pretty critical in his assessment.
 
2013-11-05 02:23:04 PM

Bacontastesgood: And yeah, I know, climate is different in the Rockies. I've lived there. What always amazed me is how people assume you're psychic with these mountain roads. A lot of places, no signage, no gates, no list anywhere to be found.


I really only noticed it once my husband (from Michigan) and I were driving around near Kananaskis and missed a turn. He was all "Where the FARK ARE THE SIGNS!?!" and I had to say "Uh, well... we think they um, interfere with the scenery. Sorry..."

So yeah, I'm not going to jump on these folks.
 
2013-11-05 02:23:12 PM
Seems to me they should have been able to make a fire.
 
2013-11-05 02:23:16 PM

TurboCojones: OMG OMG OMG we're almost out of water, except for the feet-high drifts of frozen water all around us.  But still no food.  We're as good as dead.


If people from Wisconsin don't eat cheese or brats every 12 hours, they start to putrefy.

The_Sponge: Kia Forte


They deserve to die just for buying such a lame car.
 
2013-11-05 02:23:18 PM
I didn't answer the survey either so I don't know how it ends.  I'm just going to assume they ate each other starting at the toes until it ended in a kiss, dying with their lips locked in a very Tim Burton-like rendition of Lady and the Tramp.  But they weren't an unlikely pair of dogs from different social classes.  They were depicted as a claymation homeless couple from Detroit with cases of gout and leprosy.  The end.
 
2013-11-05 02:23:54 PM
So both the Google Maps website and the Google Maps app on my phone list 212 as "Beartooth Hwy (Closed Winters)". So they should have been wary considering it was almost November. Secondly, they should've talked to someone at a Visitor's Center before heading out to make sure it was the right route. Better safe than sorry, especially in the mountains.

belhade: Dumb city folk.


Ha, like Wisconsin has cities.
 
2013-11-05 02:24:15 PM

machoprogrammer: Walker: They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

"Thank you, Google," Kristine said.

They had no idea the road had been closed since September, that the highway is only open seasonally.

Time to sue Google.

/not sure if serious

Apple maps would've taken them to Mexico


At least it would have been warmer.
 
2013-11-05 02:24:30 PM

Truther: NutWrench: They had reservations for a hotel in Miles City and so they punched the address into their cellphone's mapping application. The route it gave them took them out of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Highway 212 over the Beartooth Pass.

If a road goes over a mountain pass and it's not a major highway, don't assume it's open in the winter.

Newsflash - For those who've never been out West, having roads actually close for weather is unheard of.

/Give these folks a break


Roads close for snow all the time in California, 50 & 80 were closed for a bit las week due to snow.
 
2013-11-05 02:24:39 PM

Carousel Beast: Way to double down on stupid. The rest of the world understands, embraces, and uses modern technology. Relies on it even. Hell, you may even have something right at your fingertips, this very moment, that can allow you to look at maps and plot a route, all without paper!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9LVRHigxiE

"Machines are going to fail."
 
2013-11-05 02:26:13 PM

Carousel Beast: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: If you're traveling through a snowy mountain wilderness in the winter, maybe you should rely on something a bit more trustworthy than "Google" for your navigation needs... Just sayin

Like what? You do realize the free consumer version is the same as the one they sell to business for commercial use, right?


State or county Department of Transportation website will have updates as to which roads and passes are closed due to inclement weather.
 
2013-11-05 02:26:39 PM
And after watching the Packers lose last night, I bet they wish they had stayed up on that road.
 
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