Pass Trail; a
snowy day on
the trail; map
Who James Twamley
Retired Navy chaplain
How long a hiker I hike
at least five days a week
during good weather and
usually go 6 to 8 miles.
I find that hiking helps
me with my arthritis. The
more you move, the better
you feel. Helps keep the
pounds o; as well!
Family Married for 43
years to Marilyn, my high
school sweetheart. I have
three adopted daughters,
two biological sons and
In September ;;;;, ;;-year-old James
Twamley set out for a four-day camping trip
through Sequoia National Park’s Mineral
King backcountry in California.
Surprised and unprepared for an early-
season snowstorm, and separated on the
second day from his hiking group after tak-
ing the wrong trail, Twamley improvised
for nighttime survival by wrapping a down
throw from Costco around his body before
getting into his lightweight summer sleeping
bag. “The down throw turned my light-
weight sleeping bag into a winter-rated bag,”
After a sleepless night, Twamley stuffed
the down throw inside his summer windbreaker, making an impromptu “core
warmer,” and, hours later, met with a party
of park rangers out looking for him.
“That down throw is now a permanent
part of my backpacking gear!” says Twamley.
“Thanks, Costco. You are a lifesaver, literally!”