This is my first post. Since I cannot find a truly appropriate place to post this, I am posting this here. Mt. Hood brought me to cascadeclimbers.com and I am happy that I found this site. I want to thank the administrator and monitors of this site as I found it very enlightening and informative during the recent tragic event on Mt. Hood.
I do not climb; however, ever since I was in elementary school (30+ years ago) and a mountain climber spoke to my class about his experience climbing Mt. Everest (I believe he reached the summit) I have held a very special place in my heart for those who climb.
I am deeply saddened by the recent events on Mt. Hood. I came here looking for information and found much more. I found the knowledge and (in most cases) the patience of the experienced climbers very beneficial as I lurked on the Mt. Hood threads over the last several days. I wanted to comment several times, but, didn't feel my comments were appropriate for those threads. I am posting my comments here instead.
1st: In Regards to the Search and Rescue team, they have done a great job. They risk their lives to save others. I have heard mention that the search was a waste of tax dollars and disagree. How can anyone place a dollar amount on any person's life - Can't!! Every life is worth saving!
2nd: I have heard mention that the 3 of these men were foolish, irresponsible, etc and again must disagree. I wasn't there so I don't know what they did or did not do. They lived their lives to the fullest and that is to be commended. I am speculating here, I believe that they took the appropriate safety precautions, which would be no different than any of us wearing our seat belts while driving in a car. We all take risks, some are just different than others. Who am I to judge how anyone lives their life?
3rd: Since I did not experience what they did on that mountain, I can not speculate on what they did, did not do, or should have done - I wasn't there! I will leave the speculation to people who have the actual information, the professional search and rescue team and also to the experienced climbers who know best what they may have gone through!
And to the experienced climbers (Muffy_The_Wanker_Sprayer, kevbone, b-rock, iain, Ryland, Lambone, Ivan - if I missed anyone, sorry)on this site, I found much of the information that you shared with the "newbies (me too)" very valuable and I want to wish all of you the very best! It is people like you who made (make) this country great! It must be absolutely awesome to be on top of the world!
May all of you reach your next summit!