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April 5, 2007 2:27 PM   Subscribe

Lost and found in "Green Hell."
posted by pwedza (18 comments total)
 


Damn, sorry. Messed up my post.

This should be link to the "Found" but it is in French. Haven't found one in English yet.
posted by pwedza at 2:38 PM on April 5, 2007


Where's the found part? Or are you just alerting us that they're still lost?
posted by chundo at 2:39 PM on April 5, 2007


Oops, posted too soon!
posted by chundo at 2:40 PM on April 5, 2007


Where's the found part?

it's the last "found" link pwedza linked ... they reappeared at a village called saul in the middle of the jungle ... they're a bit worn out but ok, i think ... my french is kind of shaky
posted by pyramid termite at 2:46 PM on April 5, 2007


by the way ... that first "lost" link is puzzling ... did they really think that anyone with internet access would be in a place where they would be likely to run across these lost backpackers?
posted by pyramid termite at 2:50 PM on April 5, 2007


Perhaps they should have taken a guide. As well as providing employment for local people, this tends to save the local military weeks of scouring the jungle for people who don't think they need local guides.
posted by rhymer at 2:52 PM on April 5, 2007


Basically, they were able to stick together the whole time. They have been lost since February 14. Loic left his friend and was able to find his way to the village of Saul - in the heart of French Guiana - a village of 160 people.

Then they sent out a helicopter and were able to rescue Guilhem.

The search had long since been stopped. This is a list of their equipment. Basically, they had enough provisions for 12 days , mosquito-proof hammocks, and some other essentials (sponges to clean out their sweaty shoes, antibiotics. . .).

On the Lost link. I think the big deal was that these guys wives and a lot of people thought that they were still alive. They did have material to hike and some experience. There was a movement to keep the search going.

The search started when they didn't return home to metropolitan France!! It lasted about ten days and was then stopped. French Guiana is basically one big jungle.
posted by pwedza at 2:53 PM on April 5, 2007


I agree rhymer. I went last summer and did a river tour with a guide. There is no way I would have wandered around to far on my own.
It is also a bit dangerous because of clandestine gold mining camps.
posted by pwedza at 2:55 PM on April 5, 2007


My sister is going to non-French Guiana this summer, hope none of her activities involve hiking without a guide....
posted by sotonohito at 3:23 PM on April 5, 2007


My french is rusty too. So, did anybody get eaten?
posted by phaedon at 3:25 PM on April 5, 2007


Having become lost and struggled until after sunset to find my way out of a measly 200 acre nature preserve in a posh Long Island suburb, this gives me chills.
posted by StickyCarpet at 3:54 PM on April 5, 2007


Another attempt, zero added value after pyramid termite, except for the news that the French apparently have a word for "Choplifted." Which is cool.
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In Guyana. The two hikers are “tired but not injured.”

The two hikers missing for seven weeks in Guyana are healthy and safe(?).

One arrived under his own power in the town of Saul; the other, who found himself six hours’ walk away, was recovered by helicopter.

Loïc Pillois, one of the two hikers missing since Feb. 14th, reappared Tuesday in Saul, an isolated town in the center of French Guyana.

His hiking partner, Guilhem Nayral, who was found six hours’ walk away from Saul, was airlifted out [hélitreuillé?] after having been located thanks to the directions given by his friend, the police told Libération. According to them he is “tired but most important not wounded.”

The two Frenchmen, both 34, were last seen on February 14th by the boatman who dropped them off on the bank of the Grand Kanori rapida, near te Approague river, 100 km east of Saul.
posted by Phred182 at 4:12 PM on April 5, 2007


Here in this place lies the genie of death
Touch it, see it
Whoa
Here in this place is a means to your end
Touch it, feel it
Green hell

You've come to this like no one could
I bet you never knew you woke it
And don't you run away from anything
I bet you thought you really could in hell

We're gonna burn in hell
Green hell
Like every hell but kind of green
In hell, green hell
We're gonna face the mess we're
In hell, green hell
I think I'd rather be up here
In hell, green hell
You know I fucking shake apart
In hell, green hell
Gotta find a way that you will stay
Green hell
Cannot forget about the heat
In hell, green hell
Hell is green, I need a flame
In hell, green hell
Gotta burn in hell
Green hell

You've come to this like no one could
I bet you never knew you woke it
And don't you run from anything
I bet you thought you really could take it

Here in this place is the genie of death
Touch it, see it
Whoa
Here in this place is the way to your end
Touch it, see it
Green hell

You've come to this like no one could
I bet you never knew you woke it
And don't you run away from anything
I bet you thought you really could
You've come to this like no one could
I bet you never knew you woke it
We're gonna burn in Hell
Green hell


Not really sure what Glenn meant by all that....
posted by sourwookie at 4:16 PM on April 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Nobody got eaten. :) Except maybe by humungo mosquitos. Some hairy snakes in that neck of the woods.

Always wanted to go to the Green Hell, but always thought of it as Green Mansions, which I loved, as others have, as a kid.

A bit more about the backpackers' story in English.
posted by nickyskye at 4:20 PM on April 5, 2007


Good post structure (except for the slipup). I like the article you found for "and" to interpolate between Lost and Found. Elegant.
posted by lostburner at 4:22 PM on April 5, 2007


Nice post. I'd love to hear more about their finding and what it was like being "lost" for so long in the jungle.

Also, thanks to our francophone mefites for what translations they could provide.
posted by cowbellemoo at 5:56 PM on April 5, 2007


Missing hikers survived on frogs and spiders in jungle

Apparently, once they realized they were lost, they stayed put, hoping to be found -- including signal fires. After three weeks they gave up on that.
posted by dhartung at 7:19 AM on April 6, 2007


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