Dan Collins (@vermontaigne) March 12, 2012
By Day 2 in the blazing Utah desert, Dave Buschow was in bad shape.
Pale, wracked by cramps, his speech slurred, the 29-year-old New Jersey man was desperate for water and hallucinating so badly he mistook a tree for a person.
After going roughly 10 hours without a drink in the 100-degree heat, he finally dropped dead of thirst, face down in the dirt, less than 100 yards from the goal: a cave with a pool of water.
But Buschow was no solitary soul, lost and alone in the desert. He and 11 other hikers from various walks of life were being led by expert guides on a wilderness-survival adventure designed to test their physical and mental toughness.
And the guides, it turned out, were carrying emergency water on that torrid summer day.
Sorry to link my own tweet up, but my brother’s best friend, James Shore, died in the Sonoma sweat lodge incident at the hands of James Arthur Ray, as part of his “Spiritual Warrior” training. James dragged other participants out of the sweat lodge before succumbing, himself. James Arthur Ray was given his big break by Oprah Winfrey.