Dingus Milktoast wrote:Day Hiker, is it ligit that Peter Croft does grade VI free solo traverses in the Sierra with just a chalk bag? When the rest of us would be 'safe' saddled with all sorts of gear?
I think that is a workable enough analogy to answer your question.... if the person chosing to assume risk with eyes wide open, then, well, ya takes yer chances.
If someone runs Whitney in shorts without any consideration at all for emergencies they might be likened to a fool however. Plenty of fools on Whitney.
Day Hiker wrote:Regarding satellite phones mentioned in the O.P., are those things even affordable for someone not using it for a business?
silversummit wrote:I wasn't climbing but solo hiking on a trail at Rainier with plenty of people around last month when I slipped off the trail at a tight spot and fell down about 30 feet of scree. Ended up getting advice from people 'above' on the trail about how to walk out of the mess I was in. They waited for me to hike back up to the trail and I continued.
But after the initial shock of the fall wore off I realized I had really messed up my right ankle etc. No choice but to hike the rest of the trail down which was 2+ miles. I did it in great pain. I also thought it was just a bad sprain which I have had before.
Got back to the Visitors Center; met my husband, cleaned up my bad scrapes and cuts and that night did the RICE thing. After hobbling around at Rainier and then at work, home for 11 days an x-ray showed a break in 2 places.
I agree with others, it was a matter of pride! After all, I could still walk and no bone was sticking out! I would have felt really stupid having somebody come and "rescue me" since I have been hiking for 50 years plus I know they can't do much until swelling goes down.
Diggler wrote:Self rescue is great & all that, & should be performed whenever possible, but sometimes shit really does hit the fan, & you might just not make it if it weren't for the help of 'strangers.' See Harding & Rowell on the S face of Half Dome for an example- if those guys didn't know what they were doing, no-one else does either...
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