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Levi Duclos Tribute Hike/ Emily Proctor-Long-Cooley Glen Trail Loop

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Published on Jul 11, 2012

Levi Duclos, a rugged and robust 19 year-old, lost his life to hypothermia on this trail January 9th of this year. Accompanied by his dog, Duke, he had set out to hike in early afternoon. When he did not contact his family by 8 pm, 911 was called. A "missing person" (rather than "injured hiker") protocol was followed, which did not trigger a search until the next morning. First responders in nearby Lincoln and Ripton could have reached him by 10 pm if notified. This might have been enough to save him, but we'll never know.

Why does someone have to die to awaken positive change? Nick Fournier had to die to help remove drunk drivers from the road. Levi had to die to bring about significant change in hiker rescue protocols. In their own way, they are heroes of the highest order.

Hiking the 12-mile loop of Emily Proctor, Long Trail, and Cooley Glen, plus a side-trip to Breadloaf, took me 9 hours on what became a very warm day--on a cooler day, 6 hours would be the minimum for the loop, for me. I tried to film everything significant I saw, including things I thought might please Levi. Hiked 7-6-12.

**See "Remembering Levi Duclos" from the Reed College QUEST**
http://www.reedquest.org/remembering-...

Photos from Levi's aunt, Kathy Duclos' Picasa album. Authentic Andean music "Y Amor" by Alturas, album Desde el Equinoccio (Released 1-1-97).
DISCLAIMER: This video is meant to give the viewer a taste of what may be encountered in a hike on this trail. It is NOT comprehensive, nor meant to be a substitute for careful planning and hike preparation, including consultation of the appropriate guidebook(GMC Long Trail Guide), online trail updates, and weather reports, nor does it substitute for actual hiking experience or safe hiking practice. A prospective hiker should consider his/her fitness level, quality of equipment, and hiking experience, along with need for hiking companions, before attempting any trail.

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