Friday, March 02, 2007

Outside Magazine Podcast on Mt. Hood Climbers

I normally stick close to topics at least peripherally connected to IT here. This one probably couldn't be more far afield. However, as I do some mountaineering, this topic is of interest to me and this seemed a particularly good take on the media frenzy around the climbers lost on Mt. Hood last December.

The bottom line is that this event clearly had a very sad outcome but:

  • Climbing in winter is not some whacked-out activity
  • These climbers were very experienced but (presumably) something unexpected happened
  • Accidents happen
  • Oregon Search and Rescue deals with more mushroom pickers than climbers

I don't see the text of Outside Magazine Senior editor Dennis Lewon's column online but there is a podcast. Well worth listening to.

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