rickinco123 wrote: I'm amazed in the internet age, how quickly people are going from no outdoor experience to getting into some high risk mountaineering.
Agreed that Waffles has a serious guardian angel, but then again many of us seem to, at least until we don't.
I am not sure if you have ever spent much time in Europe or not, but us Americans look like a bunch of over educated, over prepared, over cautious, softies when compared with your average European mountain goer. A fact that is completely fine with me. Picture a glacier at 12,000 feet, crevasses and rockfall danger all around, nearly whiteout weather, and you make out a figure 30 feet ahead. As you get closer you notice he is wearing skinny jeans, Fila sneakers, no pack or climbing gear, and smoking a cigarette. Which direction to the tramway?, he asks. Speechless. Not an abnormal site in the Alps. The exact reason I have adopted the philosophy that we are all solely responsible for ourselves out there.