cftbq wrote:Basic summary (translated into plain English): Someone dares to do something unusual in the vicinity of Denali, and is hunted down and forcibly subdued by "law enforcement." This is not a "peaceful" ending, but yet another victory of enforced order over individual freedom.
This man was not "evacuated." He was seized and may never be free again.
Whoa, ...whah? I'm all for personal freedom and letting people "hoist themselves with their own petard", as it were, but I find this 'basic summary' highly improbable. This does not sound like a highly-trained, calm, experienced thrillseeker. This is not a guy finding a secluded bridge and killing himself away from others. There are numerous details in the story regarding his erratic behavior, which represents a blatant disregard for the natural environment (littering and waste) at least, and a serious liability to other people at worst. It would imply the blatant lying and falsification by at least 8-10 people (minimum) in the story, including medical professionals, assuming the parties that made contact with this individual can corroborate the story by name...or, it's a very detailed fabrication by a few park personnel, with made-up names and evidence, that really wanted to send Army Chinook helicopters to Denali.
Based on the evidence given, I'll strongly choose to believe that this one man was mentally ill, and that several concerned parties and compassionate medical personal likely saved him from harm. I find other conspiratorial alternatives to be far less likely, dangerous assumptions.