Daily Outrage: Trusting GPS too much traps couple in snowbound Oregon forest 

WHO: John Rhoads and Starry Bush-Rhoads of Reno, Nev.

WHAT: The Nevada couple, in their 60s, let their sport utility vehicle’s navigation system guide them home from Portland through the high desert of Eastern Oregon, and became stuck in snow for three days when their GPS unit sent them 35 miles down a remote forest road. With GPS, “you certainly get the shortest route, but it may not be a safe route,” Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said.

HOW THEY WERE RESCUED: On the third day, atmospheric conditions changed enough for their GPS-enabled cell phone to send a weak signal and relay coordinates to a sheriff’s dispatcher. Otherwise, they may not have been found till spring.

WHAT THEY DID RIGHT: The two were well-equipped for winter travel. They carried ample food, water and warm clothes.

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