I’ve seen some online cruel and crude comments about paddling fatalities as referenced in the article. Negativity stinks and reflects poorly on the character of those making them, but you can’t take the hurt back should family or friends of the deceased see such remarks.
I am surprised, however, by the following statement in the article:
“At that point a minor error occurred. Although the group as a whole had three VHF radios and four cell phones, the only communication device that Ellison and Ambrahms had was Ellison’s cell phone, which was in a storage compartment on his ski.”
Minor error? More like a major error on the premise that if you don’t have it on you, you don’t have it and in the case referenced, Ellison most likely would have been saved had that cell phone been readily available. He wouldn’t have been left alone in the water while his partner paddled for help.
Oddly, not once in any lesson I’ve taken or symposium I’ve attended has the importance of carrying crucial gear on you been mentioned. That was learned from reading the “Deep Trouble” books, which I was encouraged to do by the Pnet community. I’m still grateful for that advice.