Send us a suggestion!

Survival school settles lawsuit with family of hiker who collapsed, died

Discussion in 'Archives - Yahoo Canyons Group' started by adkramoo, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. adkramoo

    adkramoo Guest

    Survival school settles lawsuit with family of hiker who collapsed, died The Boulder Outdoor Survival School is creating an annual scholarship in memory of Dave Buschow. By Ed White The Associated Press Article Last Updated: 11/13/2007 01:46:52 AM MST

    SALT LAKE CITY — A wilderness-survival school said Monday that it settled a lawsuit with the parents of a New Jersey man who died of dehydration last year during a grueling course in southern Utah.

    The Boulder Outdoor Survival School said it was creating an annual scholarship in the name of Dave Buschow for people who want to attend the same 28-day course that took his life in 2006.

    Some money also is being paid to resolve the case, but "it's confidential," said Andrew Wright, attorney for the school, known as BOSS.

    Buschow, 29, of River Vale, N.J., collapsed and died on the second day of the expedition in the searing heat of the Utah desert in July 2006.

    BOSS, based in Boulder and in Boulder, Utah, is known for operating some of the toughest outdoor survival programs in the country.

    The 28-day adventure, designed to test physical and mental toughness, is considered its signature course and is the company's most popular.

    Campers find their own food and water and carry few essentials. At the time of Buschow's death, campers were not allowed to carry water.

    In May, The Associated Press detailed how Buschow was desperate and delusional long before he collapsed, less than 100 yards from a pool of water. Guides carried emergency water, but it was never offered to him.

    In May, Buschow's parents, Patricia Herbert of River Vale and Brad Buschow of Tafton, Pa., sued BOSS and four employees in federal court in Salt Lake City, claiming negligence.

    The school had blamed Dave Buschow, saying the former Air Force airman did not read course materials, may have withheld health information and may have eaten too heavily before arriving from New Jersey.

    But all that has been swept aside by the settlement. BOSS said all participants in the 28-day course now are allowed to carry water. Guides also carry satellite phones and GPS devices for emergencies.

    "The school made changes to its operations that are expected to reduce the chances of this kind of tragedy happening again," BOSS said.

    Campers are advised to arrive at least three days in advance to get acclimated to hot weather and elevations of 7,000 feet in Utah's Garfield County.

    In a statement, Herbert expressed "appreciation for the positive manner in which our claims were resolved."

    The settlement was reached with the help of a mediator, Joe Epstein of Denver.

    BOSS president Josh Bernstein, who has won fame in recent years as the host of the globe-trotting History Channel show "Digging for the Truth," said he hoped Buschow's family "can find some measure of closure as we all move forward."

    Buschow's family has maintained a website —

    On the site, family members describe outdoor experiences they have undertaken since Buschow's death in his memory. One recent post describes a rock-climbing trip that family members took on the anniversary of Buschow's death to one of his favorite places.

    The Denver Post contributed to this report.
Similar Threads: Survival school
Forum Title Date
Archives - Yahoo Canyons Group Survival school will allow water bottles after man''s death Jun 5, 2007
Archives - Yahoo Canyons Group No charges in wilderness survival-school death Feb 16, 2007
General Discussion FreezeFest Survival Guide Dec 5, 2018
General Discussion Survival Hydration - What is safe to drink? Jan 29, 2018
Accidents and Near Misses Flash Flood survival Oct 3, 2013
Tech Tips and Gear What's in your one day canyoneering FirstAid/survival kit? Apr 12, 2013