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    Group rules depend on the group make up. Since some of you have been part of my groups and have had included groups of semi-quiet/retired VFTT members here, I am very confident you would make it back on your own and wouldn't stray from the trail. A couple of you I would trust more than myself in certain instances,

    That's far different than when I am with scouts or people with limited experience in an area or on a new trail. (Some of us have more trips on the C-Path than a decent number of people in the Whites on any given weekend have 4K peaks or maybe even hikes under their belts)

    On another note, I've not looked at the F&G page lately and the SAR crew has been very busy and sadly we've had some fatalities. I only looked when I was informed from one of the Assistant Scoutmasters that his son was one of the EMT's that was hiking on Lonesome Lake trail that tried to keep the victim alive using CPR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhody Seth View Post
    I'm not sure what is funny about repeatedly posting the same picture and intentionally mislabeling it. So you can dupe novices and laugh at them? Seems to me that's exactly the kind of behavior which makes those groups unworkable.
    Thank you for responding in the manner you did! If one is part of a forum of any kind, the goal should be to contribute positively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    Thank you for responding in the manner you did! If one is part of a forum of any kind, the goal should be to contribute positively.
    You mean like the time you criticized my method of packing for a hike, calling me lucky to have never been in trouble? You cant have it both ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra View Post
    You mean like the time you criticized my method of packing for a hike, calling me lucky to have never been in trouble? You cant have it both ways.
    To be fair, he was positive you were doing it in a stupid manner....
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    I actually never use a seatbelt and I’m still here.
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    Well now dude you should smarten up. I like your posts. But seat belts are beneficial, and the benefit / cost ratio is very high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    Thank you for responding in the manner you did! If one is part of a forum of any kind, the goal should be to contribute positively.
    It got a very positive reaction every year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra View Post
    You mean like the time you criticized my method of packing for a hike, calling me lucky to have never been in trouble? You cant have it both ways.
    In defense of B the Hiker—Brian—he never said you were lucky to have never been in trouble. He said that your reasoning was a logical fallacy and he stated why. If there is one mistake Brian made, it's that he assumed that you had never been in a life-threatening, worst-case situation with your kit. That however, is a relatively safe assumption to make, because if you had faced a worse-case-scenario, you either wouldn't have survived or it is likely that you would have stated that your kit allowed you to survive a life-threatening situation. Unless his assumption was incorrect, then your reasoning was a logical fallacy. Pointing out a logical fallacy is not personal attack, it's the opposite, it's a tool used in civil discourse and debate. Civil discourse is how you maintain a civil forum or community that is a positive contribution. Your calling Brian arrogant was not civil and you may have noticed that he did not respond. Pro move.

    It is also perfectly reasonable, in fact it is a positive contribution, for someone who has WFA certification to state that if your winter kit doesn't include certain items, then it is inadequate for survival of worst-case scenarios. A reasonable counter argument would be to admit that your kit isn't adequate for a worst-scenario, but it should allow you to survive a less-than-worse case scenario, and by carrying less weight, you reduce the risk of a worst-case scenario.

    Go ahead and disagree with Brian, it's a reasonable discussion to have, but do so civilly. FWIW, while my winter hiking is limited, I have backcountry skied for decades. In a concession to save weight, and thus increase my speed and stamina, my kit does not include a stove, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad, though maybe it should.

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    Boy I started to read that and just lost interest....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dug View Post
    Boy I started to read that and just lost interest....
    No worries. The next lecture will be an ideological discussion about your belief system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sierra View Post
    You mean like the time you criticized my method of packing for a hike, calling me lucky to have never been in trouble? You cant have it both ways.
    He didn't say you were lucky, just that your gear was completely inadequate. "Your "system" (or lack thereof) is completely inadequate; it's just you have never needed to use it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    He didn't say you were lucky, just that your gear was completely inadequate. "Your "system" (or lack thereof) is completely inadequate; it's just you have never needed to use it."
    I'm not taking sides here, I'm just trying to break this down logically. If Sierra, who admits to being in his 50s and has probably been hiking at least 30 years, has never needed to use his "system" to survive, then doesn't it prove that his system is and has been perfectly adequate for him given his ability level and his experience? How many tragedy-free hikes would he have to do to prove the point? A hundred? A thousand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey J View Post
    I'm not taking sides here, I'm just trying to break this down logically. If Sierra, who admits to being in his 50s and has probably been hiking at least 30 years, has never needed to use his "system" to survive, then doesn't it prove that his system is and has been perfectly adequate for him given his ability level and his experience? How many tragedy-free hikes would he have to do to prove the point? A hundred? A thousand?
    I think it boils down to the definition of risk and how much risk individuals are willing to take. If risk is defined as "probability x consequences," then a competent hiker has a low probability of getting into danger and needs less emergency equipment than a novice. However, the consequences of an accident could still be quite serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey J View Post
    I'm not taking sides here, I'm just trying to break this down logically. If Sierra, who admits to being in his 50s and has probably been hiking at least 30 years, has never needed to use his "system" to survive, then doesn't it prove that his system is and has been perfectly adequate for him given his ability level and his experience? How many tragedy-free hikes would he have to do to prove the point? A hundred? A thousand?
    No, it doesn't. Tragedy-free hikes neither validate nor invalidate the adequacy of a system or kit. Most of hopefully will never be in a life-threatening situation, so our kit for that scenario is never tested. If your system is never put to a true test then you don't know if it will be adequate—that's why it is a logical fallacy.

    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    I think it boils down to the definition of risk and how much risk individuals are willing to take. If risk is defined as "probability x consequences," then a competent hiker has a low probability of getting into danger and needs less emergency equipment than a novice. However, the consequences of an accident could still be quite serious.
    No! Experience does not change the need for emergency equipment. Plenty of experienced hikers have accidents.
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