jschrock wrote:Analysis is one thing. Most of the comments on these boards provide nothing even approaching careful analysis. Instead...just one more poster beating their chest.
Not sure why I even bother.
This is a recurring theme – climber dies, posters immediately jump at the chance to show how much they know about climbing while “analyzing” the situation and pointing out the mistakes made. All in a post that starts with the report of the climber’s death -- always a sad event regardless of the situation, an event that deserves some degree of restraint.
Have a little respect for the fallen. You want to show how much you know about climbing, or what mistakes were made in a given situation? Wait a few days until the facts are known (I didn’t see any initial mention of whether these climbers were using, or not using, pro, nor did I see any description of the survivors’ level of expertise (but, Lee was very experienced and an instructor, and snow conditions were optimal)). Then, if you think there are lessons to be learned, start a separate thread about safe rope team practices.
There is no advantage to immediate armchair analysis, and a lot of disadvantages – as some of these posts illustrate.