27 October 2009

Trial by Wilderness

MSNBC.com | Tired from a hike? Rescuers fear Yuppie 911:

RESNO, Calif. - Last month two men and their teenage sons tackled one of the world's most unforgiving summertime hikes: the Grand Canyon's parched and searing Royal Arch Loop. Along with bedrolls and freeze-dried food, the inexperienced backpackers carried a personal locator beacon — just in case.

In the span of three days, the group pushed the panic button three times, mobilizing helicopters for dangerous, lifesaving rescues inside the steep canyon walls.

What was that emergency? The water they had found to quench their thirst 'tasted salty.'
Jeeeeeeesus wept! You have got to be kidding me.

I have no sympathy for these people. They not only waste our money, they further endanger people who may actually need assistance by using up scarce rescue resources.

The third rescue team eventually forced the four men into their helicopter and hauled their asses out of there because they didn't want to get called out again for these bozos.

Have we learned nothing from Into the Wild? The world is a big, bad place. We've spent several tens of thousands of years carving out safe, civilized places to live so we don't have to deal with that shit. If you want to get out into the untamed places that's cool. I really respect that. But know that you are consciously turning your back on the padded and sterilized and comfortable places. If you can't keep up with the demands of the feral world that is on your head.

Via Tyler Cowen

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