kiwiw wrote:yeah someone told me to read it and all it did was make me think of the author as being a self important d bag. well maybe that's a little too harsh but I really didn't like him after reading that book. he has his own column in adventure magazine too that I cannot stand. most of the survival situations detailed were overshadowed by Gonzales massive ego.
I'm getting there. I bought it yesterday and my kindle tells me I've read 45% of it. When he was talking about science that I wasn't intimate with it sounded way cool but i wondered if he knew what he was talking about. WHen he spoke about science that I do know pretty well, he was pretty off. Way way way too much ego. Now, I've never been in a situation like the one that happened on Hood of which he wrote: "Hillman's comment that he was ready to arrest 5 people falling 100' indicates how little he understood the amount of energy in the system."
Of course this is pretty much what Pete Schoening did on K2 in 1953. The mechanics of the K2 accident were different but I found myself annoyed with the remark about Hillman's lack of understanding anyway.
And then there is just what I would call techno-babble: "Every time you walk on Mt Hood it's a different mountain. To use the technical terms, it's a boundary condition, a phase transition zone." I know
what boundary conditions are and I know
what phase transitions are and what he is saying sounds cool but doesn't mean anything which is really annoying.