Don't Leave The Trail Vol. II

Don't Leave The Trail Vol. II

Update: 2024-06-067
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This episode of the Mr. Ballin Podcast features two true stories about hikers who find themselves in dangerous situations. The first story, "Dinner," follows a solo hiker named Paul who, while dehydrated on a backpacking trip in Utah's Dark Canyon Wilderness, encounters a mountain lion. The second story, "Rattlesnake Canyon," recounts the harrowing experience of two friends, Dave and Rafi, who get lost in a remote canyon in New Mexico. Their journey turns tragic when, facing dehydration and exhaustion, Dave asks Rafi to kill him, leading to a murder-suicide. The episode concludes with a reminder to listeners to check out the Mr. Ballin Podcast's other shows, including Mr. Ballin's Medical Mysteries, Bedtime Stories, and Run Fool.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction and Amazon Music Promotion

This Chapter begins with a brief introduction to the podcast and a promotion for Amazon Music, highlighting the benefits of being a Prime member and listening to the podcast ad-free.

00:01:39
Dinner: A Mountain Lion Encounter

This Chapter tells the story of Paul, a solo hiker in Utah's Dark Canyon Wilderness, who encounters a mountain lion after getting dehydrated and searching for water. The story highlights the importance of being prepared for unexpected encounters in the wilderness and the potential dangers of attracting wildlife with unusual items like elk antlers.

00:08:26
Rattlesnake Canyon: A Tragic Tale of Survival and Murder-Suicide

This Chapter recounts the story of Dave and Rafi, two friends who get lost in Rattlesnake Canyon in New Mexico. Their journey turns tragic as they face dehydration, exhaustion, and the realization that they may not be rescued. The story culminates in a heartbreaking murder-suicide, highlighting the desperation and despair that can arise in extreme survival situations.

Keywords

Mr. Ballin Podcast
A podcast hosted by Mr. Ballin, focusing on true stories of the strange, dark, and mysterious. The podcast features a variety of genres, including true crime, medical mysteries, and paranormal experiences. The podcast is known for its engaging storytelling and its ability to captivate listeners with its chilling tales.

Dark Canyon Wilderness
A remote wilderness area located in southeastern Utah, known for its steep canyon walls, rugged terrain, and limited access. The area is popular with hikers and backpackers, but it is also known for its potential dangers, including wildlife encounters and the possibility of getting lost.

Rattlesnake Canyon
A remote canyon located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, known for its rugged terrain, desert environment, and potential for getting lost. The canyon is named for the presence of rattlesnakes in the area, adding to its reputation as a dangerous and isolated place.

Mountain Lion
A large wild cat native to the Americas, known for its stealthy hunting skills and its ability to climb trees. Mountain lions are solitary animals and are generally not aggressive towards humans, but they can be dangerous if they feel threatened or if they are protecting their young.

Survival
The state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances. Survival often involves overcoming challenges, adapting to new environments, and finding ways to meet basic needs for food, water, and shelter.

Murder-Suicide
A situation in which a person kills another person and then kills themselves. Murder-suicides are often motivated by a desire to end the suffering of the victim or by a sense of despair and hopelessness. They can be difficult to predict and prevent, and they often leave behind a trail of devastation for the families and friends of those involved.

Q&A

  • What happened to the hiker named Paul in the story "Dinner?"

    Paul encountered a mountain lion while searching for water after getting dehydrated on a backpacking trip in Utah's Dark Canyon Wilderness. He believes he attracted the mountain lion by carrying elk antlers on his backpack, which the animal may have mistaken for an elk.

  • What led to the tragic events in the story "Rattlesnake Canyon?"

    Dave and Rafi, two friends, got lost in Rattlesnake Canyon in New Mexico. They faced dehydration, exhaustion, and the realization that they might not be rescued. In a moment of despair, Dave asked Rafi to kill him, leading to a murder-suicide.

  • What are some of the key takeaways from these stories?"

    These stories highlight the importance of being prepared for unexpected encounters in the wilderness, the potential dangers of getting lost, and the desperation and despair that can arise in extreme survival situations. They also serve as a reminder that even in the most challenging circumstances, there is always hope for rescue.

Show Notes

Today’s podcast features 2 stories that will make you think twice before leaving the trail. The audio from both of these stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel and has been remastered for today's episode.

Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:


For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

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Don't Leave The Trail Vol. II

Don't Leave The Trail Vol. II