VWLover wrote:Sorry, Doug and lantern but that's a crappy way of looking at things. We know that the FS isn't there to give rides to people who need 'em, but does the "f'em, it's their fault for putting themselves in danger" attitude really help? I know you're both very experienced hikers and would never put yourselves in a predicament like that, but try putting the shoe on the other foot.
Not that I'm against helping people in need (I don't think the FS would fail to help someone in dire circumstances) but the FS is not there as a shuttle service. Slow Mover already mentioned being helped by the FS on Evans; I was helped once too. After riding my bicycle UP Evans into a growing electrical and rain/hail storm (I know, dumb move) I was offered a seat in a FS volunteer's vehicle while the lightning was active. I declined, choosing instead to ride down in the rain (again dumb move). After becoming hypothermic, I stopped at the shelter near Summit Lake and warmed up for a while.
So my point: not that I think the FS should ignore EVERY request, but they obviously can not provide transportation to every person who asks. Besides, hitching a ride down with a tourist is pretty easily accomplished. And saying they should be sued for ignoring requests........not cool in my book.