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.