thoth wrote: go away if you expect to dictate responses on an open OPINION based climbing/hiking forum.
Little contradictory to tell me to go away -- if it's an open forum, don't I have the right to express my opinion about the appropriateness of someone's comments? If I said something vulgar or expressly derogatory about a lost climber, shouldn't I expect criticism? If we adopt your illogic, it's okay to say what you want, but not for others to comment on it.
That makes no sense.
As for characterizing the actions of climbers, I think it's inappropriate when the facts aren't known. I have no "personal agenda" -- I don't know the Chief and I don't know you. I just thinks it's wrong to use the word "stupid" to characterize anyone who heads up Mount Hood in December, especially the day after climbers are lost on that mountain. Pretty simple case of right and wrong in my book (I am sure a number of those climbers' friends and family got to read Chief's comments -- if you think that's okay, then we have different value sets).
If Chief wants to keep posting this type of stuff, I can't stop him -- it is an open forum. But I will comment -- probably after it gets moved to Prate and Prattle.
I am on the east coast and getting up early to go climbing in the morning. So, I give you west coasters the last word -- there's nothing left for me to say.