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  1. Yeah, I did a bit of climbing there. On the main island, Mahe, there is so much moisture and moss on everything you cannot really climb anything. We tried some extremely "sporty" adventure climbing on some really nice looking lines but it was so wet and insecure that I almost had to change my pants. Now there is some organized climbing on one of the other islands Prasline which sees enough traffic to keep it relatively clean but it is for the most part only really accessible with one of the "guide services." When you get off the plane, and look at all the pristine black granite coming up out of the ocean, you think that it is like some closely guarded rock climbing paradise. Unfortunately, it is really difficult to climb; especially in an adventurous manner there. When I get back to the states, I will post some pictures of the rock and my failed attempt. Also, if you are going there, sumitting the highest mountain on the island is also a really fun adventurous hike. It follows some weird drainage system and sometimes you think you are just walking into the jungle but it is right up ahead and the summit is adorned with a large metal cross.
  2. Righty Brain, Lefty Brain

    Perhaps if people used the anterior cingulate cortex, we would be much better off. I suppose the status-quo of either using baseless emotion or anger/fear is here to stay; as is evidenced by the lengthy circle jerks I see on my now quarterly forays into this website.
  3. 26 dead in Connecticut elementary school

    Classy, utilize a horrible tragedy as a political tool; despite the fact that you know nothing about the manner in which this individual obtained his firearms. How did I know I would find this filth on this website? You too Rob. Classless. You're right, after a tragedy like this is no time to discuss gun control. Lol! Tool. Do you actually believe the shit that come out of your mouth? Cause I sure don't. Let me guess, fuck me in my ass, right? I guess that is your prerogative. You can call me a tool all you want but you are being classless and I think you know it. I'm done here.
  4. 26 dead in Connecticut elementary school

    Classy, utilize a horrible tragedy as a political tool; despite the fact that you know nothing about the manner in which this individual obtained his firearms. How did I know I would find this filth on this website? You too Rob. Classless.
  5. Quickdraws - BD Oz Wiregates - any opinions?

    I would retire QDs before 10 years (manufacturer's wear-out is considerably less) I really like the 'wires too. They are beefy enough to give yo ua little extra reach on clips, they are durable feeling(if that makes sense) and they are really awesome looking if you have 10-12 racked on your harness. I know it shouldn't matter, but I think looks matter sometimes...
  6. 9/11 truth in 5 minutes.

    Epic post!
  7. Climber Lost in Whiteout on Mt Hood

    Post a TR! You have a SIPR account?
  8. Climber Lost in Whiteout on Mt Hood

    Well Water, first, fuck you. Second, he clearly didn't know how to operate said compass. Oh, and third, fuck the FB spraying poser who can't get his able bodied ass off a mountain. I got my ass of a mountain with a 7.62 round in my leg and a shattered tibia. What's his excuse again?
  9. Rescue on Mt Hood

    No shit. This doesn't mean that this man's actions are not horrendously dangerous both to himself and the potential rescuers. Only one person here said that he should be left to die. GKK. I have gotten dumber people; one who used their S.P.O.T. to get rescuers to come because their water tasted "funny." Had to hike out to a person on a peak 1.2k away who I could see with my naked eyes on the summit while I was talking to him on the phone (and I was in a 100ftx40ft paved parking lot. I am not saying to let him die, but merely that their actions should be borderline criminal (or at least costly) in their negligence and their potential for harm to others.
  10. Rescue on Mt Hood

    How many SAR *volunteers* "need" to save. If volunteers are willing to help out folks who get in trouble, then what basis are you using to complain about their risking their lives? It's their business, not yours. Since I am a SAR tech, I suppose it IS my business. SAR techs are told where to go by Incident Commanders; especially in this type of rescue. There are very few SAR techs that are even really true 'volunteers' anymore. True, on a large non-technical rescue, you have volunteers to cover large areas, but in most cases, the rescuers are Parks Service Employees, DOI employees, contracted air assets or military service members; particularly National Guard. Think of it this way. Would you, as an Incident Commander really want a whole bunch of people who you did not know the capabilities of running around on a hill during a rescue who could become an incident within an incident by becoming injured or lost or incorrectly rigging a patient on a litter? No way. Last guy I know that died on a SAR was Nick Hall. Park Service employee and I remember at least 6 off the top of my head and none of them were volunteers.
  11. Rescue on Mt Hood

    my bad. lil' tired over here.
  12. Rescue on Mt Hood

    Actually, it is quite the opposite. It is gospel that you are MORE important than your victim. The premise is that you cannot save the patient/victim if you are dead and creating another casualty will complicate the incident and risk the lives of more SAR techs. Now, if this practice is treally applied as it should is up for grabs but this is the doctrine of EVERY SAR group I have worked with and the new National Course taught by the Parks Service.
  13. Rescue on Mt Hood

    If you "save" 1 in 20, yes that "sounds good" but how many of those people really need saving if they are unable to orient themselves in the same weather that you are sending rescuers up in?
  14. army of one (baby jeebus)

    So, if he already wasn't going to graduate, then how did he resign? Doesn't this seem like quitting after being fired? Sounds like he was pissed off about getting shit-canned and made up a political ploy. Oh and Tvash, he 'almost' achieved something I haven't done. He will never accomplish what I have and even if he DID graduate, I would still have more education than he. I suppose he will get a book deal out of it but if your dignity is that cheap, what do you really have to be proud of?
  15. Rescue on Mt Hood

    The thing is, it almost always is the SAR boys that want to go no matter what. It is usually the Incident Commander that pulls the plug because there is a 10% change of snow above 10,000 ft.
  16. army of one (baby jeebus)

    Its been really fucking dangerous lately actually. Fucker are just booby trapping the whole country. Most injuries we have seen are genital and leg amputations. Tack that with the ANP shooting us in the back and you have a hell of a shit storm. I just think it is odd that he couldn't see these careerist fucks for what they are, I don't know, 4 years ago? Timing seems a little off. Also, if he were committed to the cause enough to be a combat leader, would you let something as silly as this dissuade you or would you just find another way to get there? Fishier than 2 day old Cod in July.
  17. Rescue on Mt Hood

    ...and that is the line of thinking that I take with my involvement in SAR. It doesn't mean that every asshole with a SPOT transceiver can put my life in jeopardy by being stupid with his life choices. My point is that clearly the weather wasn't that bad if SAR teams were able to get to him. Furthermore, the weather wasn't that bad at all if the SAR teams were allowed to go to him. You would be surprised how hamstrung most SAR teams are when dealing with "bad weather." This is the only thing I am trying to point out...
  18. army of one (baby jeebus)

    Seems like he was there for 4 years, had plenty of time to se what it was like. If he truly felt the calling to serve his country, he could have simply declined his commission and served as an infantryman. Personally, the timing seems a little suspect; as he is likely only 4-6 months away form an Afghanistan rotation. Knowing what WPers are like takes about 13 seconds of time spent around a WPer. They are self-interesting, career-minded narcissistic asshats who would sacrifice their men to the last in order to make a rank one day above their classmates. The last commander I had was from WP and was an atheist, so not really too sure why this guy is flipping his lid. I personally think that he didn't think his life choices out thoroughly and now regrets it. Unfortunately, this day in age allows for such a lack in intestinal fortitude. God forbid he stick to a commitment. I think the fancy uniforms and regal history sucked him in until the thought of getting blown up in a God forsaken shit-hold sunk in and he found the only self-righteous and "respectable" out. MOO, but its probably the truth. Personal accountability is a bitch.
  19. Rescue on Mt Hood

    what if the same rescuer died trying to save a guy who waited until the absolute last minute to ask for help? fuck it, whatever - if you devote your life to saving people, you pretty much accept that you could get killed b/c people are dipshits, much like, if you join the military, you can get killed b/c your civilian leaders are clueless monkey-fuckers... I think that is taking it to the proverbial "Hitler Zenith." Sure, you assume some risk, but throwing yourself into conditions that are "too dangerous" for a man to descend sounds kinda fishy. Either you are risking too much to save him or he is being a giant pussy. In this case it is the latter. Anyone who has worked for SAR would see the issue with this thinking. Rescuer safety is paramount because as the adage goes, you can't save anyone when you are dead and you don't want an "incident within an incident." Now with the military, they just send of to our deaths to make an extra couple cents... No surprise there.
  20. army of one (baby jeebus)

    I was talking about the former cadet. Not you brother.
  21. army of one (baby jeebus)

    Kinda hypocritical to cast aspersions about another's oath while reneging on your contract and your own sworn oath.... Just saying.
  22. Rescue on Mt Hood

    Nail, meet head...
  23. Rescue on Mt Hood

    Oh and Tvash... Didn't you imply that you were some Navy Seal or some kind of other "professional killer? Hypocrite or a liar, take your pick you pathetic bitch.
  24. Rescue on Mt Hood

    What if a rescuer died trying to save a guy that was in no predicament at all? What would you say to their families? What would you say to Nick Hall's parents if the guy he was saving was a two bit assclown who didn't have the guts to get down a mountain? Because I have been in THAT room with THOSE people... Boofuckinghooo, take responsibility for you actions (or inactions). If I were the incident commander, I would tell him where he was at and tell him a direction and azimuth and wait for him with some hot coco and an ass chewing.
  25. Rescue on Mt Hood

    So, let him die? Is that what you are saying, alcoholteke? Well, bare minimum, charge him for the rescue. In reality, he didn't need it and really shouldn't have died if he were prepared, so let him find his own goddamn way down. SAR has the ability to get his location off phone pings to a pretty narrow window. Give him his location and let him take the rest from there.