My following it at the time, and research now, indicates James Kim did not have a GPS. He relied on maps and signs that showed the road over to the coast, but took a wrong turn and quickly got lost on the logging roads, and stranded in the snow. With a GPS they could have walked out on Day 1, I do believe.
Here's the thread on the Element forum where it was discussed. http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/sh...ily+Lost+Oregon
over there! A bit of the timeline:
Saturday, Nov. 25: The Kims leave Portland for the Tu Tu Tun Lodge in Gold Beach. They are last seen eating dinner at a Denny’s in Roseburg, leaving around 9 pm to drive through the mountains to the coast. The Kims miss their intended turnoff.
At about 10:30 pm, they instead turn west onto Bear Camp Road. Kati Kim describes the road as “confusing.” They see signs warning of possible snow ahead. It begins snowing. The Kims decide to turn back but the road is difficult to follow. Kati Kim describes snow falling hard as James drives the car in reverse back down the road with his driver door open so he can see where he’s going. At some point, the family winds up on a road that forks off Bear Camp Road. They continue about 15 more miles before they stop for the night.
It is now about 2 a.m. Computer records show one of the Kims' cell phones receiving two text messages around 1:30 a.m.
Sunday, November 26: Snow and rain fall
throughout the day. The Kims stay in their car, turning the engine at times on for warmth.
Monday, November 27: Snow continues, falling heavily at times. Again, the Kims stay in the car, running the engine briefly for warmth but they are low on fuel.
Tuesday, November 28: More snow and rain.
Wednesday, November 29: The weather starts to clear.
Thursday, November 30: The Kims take their spare tire and set it on fire for warmth.
Friday, December 1: The Kims burn all four remaining tires
. Kati Kim reports hearing a helicopter nearby.
Saturday, December 2: James Kim makes a fateful decision to hike out to get help.
Aerial photo of area: http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/sh...mp;postcount=32