Preparation, Planning Could Have Averted White Mountains Rescue

A weekend rescue in the White Mountains National Recreation Area could have been avoided with some basic preparation and planning.  Local musher Peg Billingsly and an out of state client were picked up by Alaska Wildlife Troopers Sunday after miscommunications and dog trouble left them stranded at two separate locations. Both women are OK, but BLM spokesman Craig McCaa says the incident points out how easy it is for things to go wrong in the wilderness, even along marked and groomed trails in the White Mountains.

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