- Nov 13, 2004
- Reaction score
- New hampshire
Or...they believe that they can soldier on thru the conditions due to their (fill in the blank)
In some cases you are exactly right, remember that Derek Tinkham Kid. In this case though, I tend to doubt it. From the background on this guy that I read, he sounds pretty straight forward and a family man at that. He was over taken by the weather and I bet it was a complete surprise. What bugs me, is that a fit individual should be able to find a bail out route and get out of the weather, I've done it more then once. You get halfway down a ravine and its much better conditions, then you have a long walk and maybe a hitchhike back to your car. I'd bet a million bucks, if you showed that dude a crystal ball with the impending weather, his butt would have been heading down in a minute. This is the quandary that repeats itself up here over and over and I have given it plenty of thought. Just how can you convey the dangers to the average tourist hiker? I just don't know the answer. I wish I did though, it's really a shame, this guy had people that loved him.