Clueless hiker fined for 3-day trek with just potatoes and flatbread12/31/2012
"What to bring on my grueling, multiday excursion into the mountains? Hmm ... I know, how about a kilo of starchy tubers and some flatbread?" An ill-equipped Aussie man was fined $500 after the unidentified fellow trekked into New South Wales' rugged Blue Mountains for a three-day trip carrying only potatoes and naan bread. He got lost and had to be found by rescuers. Although the potatoes can actually sustain a person if supplemented with vitamins A and D, the 29-year-old also lacked locator beacons or accurate knowledge of his route. The combination put him and others at risk, said Australian authorities, who apparently have little time for unprepared adventurers who trek into the wilderness, get lost and require others to rescue them. [Source]
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