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Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby Scott » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:03 am

Editorial sent to the newspaper concerning hiking/climbing to be only and adrenalin junkie sport:

Not just for Adrenalin Junkies

Often times it seems that there is a misconception that hiking and climbing, including the 14ers in Colorado is just an activity for the young and adrenalin junkies. It is sometime thought of as a reckless and dangerous sport.


Nothing can be farther from the truth. The truth is that hiking and climbing the 14ers is a great family activity for climbers of a wide range of ages and abilities. Some of my most treasured memories are of hiking though the wilderness with my small children and senior citizen parents and grandparents.

Every time an accident happens in the mountains, it seems to get nation-wide media attention, but it is true that mountains such as the Colorado 14ers are ascended by many thousands of people without incident. The vast majority of hikes and climbs end up being happy and safe experiences.

Climbing the 14ers can be done by people with a large range of ages and abilities, but of most importance is proper preparation. With proper preparation, the risk of climbing mountains can be minimized, but not completely eliminated.

That said, hiking and climbing is actually a very healthy activity, especially in today’s world of TV, video games, and desk jobs. With proper preparation, the chances are that activities such as hiking and climbing will make you live longer and healthier, rather than having the opposite effect.

Mountains still deserve to be respected and like driving a car, the dangers of doing so should not be ignored, but neither should climbing and hiking mountains, such as Mount of the Holy Cross be thought of as an extreme and risky sport for adrenalin junkies. Needless to say though, there are proper levels of experience, training and gear needed to minimize the risk of visiting the wilderness.

If you are new to the sport, it is recommended that you learn from experienced hikers or climbers before setting off on your own to climb these beautiful peaks. There are many websites for finding partners (such as 14ers.com) and also many hiking climbs as well (such as the Colorado Mountain Club).

With proper preparation, including the right gear and experience, hiking and climbing the 14ers of Colorado can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. For the prepared, such climbs can be done with minimal risk as compared to many other day to day activities (such as sitting home watching TV!).

Climbing mountains can be a wonderful, safe and enjoyable experience for hikers and climbers from a large range of ages and experience. Colorado and the Rocky Mountains are a beautiful place to enjoy nature and the only way to fully experience their beauty is to get out there and explore by foot.

May your life be filled with adventure, beauty and safety. Get out there and enjoy nature!

Scott Patterson
Craig, Colorado
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby Kiefer » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:35 am

Geese, Scott. Are you kidding me? Give it a rest already.
You made your point.
Your acting no better than anyone else...adding to the shitstorm.

We get it. Bad story. Move on.
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby Scott » Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:31 pm

Actually, the above has been something I have been wanting to write for a long time (long before that article) and no stories are ever mentioned/referred to. Although it mentions some CO mountains and was posted somewhere else, it is intentionally made generic and has actually been my opinion for many years (parts of it were taken from something else I wrote in 2006) and much of it has been published before.
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby Kiefer » Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:16 am

Ah!
No problem. For that, I apologize! :oops:
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby toxo » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:24 am

tl;dr

Also, who the hell writes editorials, lol?
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby blazin » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:17 pm

Scott - you should submit to the New York Times, apparently the like these sorts of things:

When GPS Leads to S O S
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby Dow Williams » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:42 pm

"Far more people are now venturing into the backcountry without even minimal survival skills. Many carry gadgets they think of as get-out-of-jail-free cards. More of them than ever before will be rescued from their own incompetence. And too many of their rescuers will be endangered, injured or even killed." Thanks David, excellent article.
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby MoapaPk » Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:40 pm

blazin wrote:Scott - you should submit to the New York Times, apparently the like these sorts of things:

When GPS Leads to S O S


Boy, I'd like to see some actual statistics on this. If they mean the aGPS in cell phones, then this may be accurate. In perusal of the local SAR, the vast majority of extractions are made based on cell phone calls. But our local SAR normally doesn't get GPS coords transmitted by the cell phone, so the GPS part is irrelevant for them.

I keep hearing that 2009 SPOT Grand Canyon story over and over.
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby lcarreau » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:01 am

Dow Williams wrote:"Far more people are now venturing into the backcountry without even minimal survival skills. Many carry gadgets they think of as get-out-of-jail-free cards. More of them than ever before will be rescued from their own incompetence. And too many of their rescuers will be endangered, injured or even killed." Thanks David, excellent article.


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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby Scott » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:11 am

Scott - you should submit to the New York Times, apparently the like these sorts of things:

When GPS Leads to S O S


Ug. Sad, but true. No, I don't think I'll ever submit anything to the NY Times. I don't think I'll ever get a SPOT either.
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby MoapaPk » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:52 am

Do you guys ever take cell phones with you? I don't.
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby Kahuna » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:25 am

Hikers, skiers and boaters not only expect to be whisked to safety at the push of a button, they regard this luxury as an inalienable right.


Exactly!




In Wyoming in January 2010, a skier at Grand Targhee ventured out of bounds at the resort, got lost, sent out a cellphone distress call, but died of hypothermia. Despite a heroic effort by the Teton County Search and Rescue team, his heirs sued the team for $5 million.


Now that is bullshit.
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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby lcarreau » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:30 am

MoapaPk wrote:Do you guys ever take cell phones with you? I don't.


I've ALWAYS wondered how many cell phones Sarah Palin owned when she lived in Wasilla .... anybody know ?

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Re: Editorial on Climbing/Hiking

Postby lcarreau » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:37 am

MoapaPk wrote:Do you guys ever take cell phones with you? I don't.


Does a cell phone count as an android, or does an android count as a cell phone ??? :?: :roll:

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