We are in a new world because of social media. There seems to be a competition to see who can take the most dangerous selfie.
If you look around you can see thousands of pictures taken by people who have no idea what they are doing. That needs to stop, and if it takes making an occasional point by charging people for crimes, I am all for it.
I had a new young mule. He was a big strong boy and he over reacted to the cat, bucking me off in the process. I made the first several jumps and then got out of time with his movements. I was coming down when he was going up. I broke my femur in the saddle and then fell off and hit the ground.
I spend a significant amount of time hating my cell phone because it’ll ring at the damnedest times. Probably most of the time.
But for over a decade until she died it was also the only way that l could get promptly notified of problems as my stepmothers health issues became increasingly complicated. And the ability to call for help if l and my car wind up in an unplanned snowbank at night is a huge improvement over times before carrying it.
So now l have a really fancy one because it has excellent battery life and a lot of options to solve problems. I still hate it some, but a useful tool is a useful tool.
Totally agree. The cell phone is a great tool, if you don’t let it run your life. Also, the “tool” doesn’t replace the judgement of the person who wields the tool. In other words, try not to do “stupid” in the outdoors and think a cell phone will save you.
I actually got into trouble hiking Mt. Willard with my girlfriend (now wife) and college roommate. It was summer. We carried too little water. I didn’t hydrate as much as I should have. We spent a couple of hours, enjoying the summit. Coming down and back towards Ethan Pond campsite, I started getting dizzy and fell. I didn’t get hurt but was out of it. My hiking mates pitched tent and we stayed over just off the trail overnight. After eating, drinking and sleeping over night, I was good to go the next day.
Reading about the recent Mt. Willard incident got me thinking about the Hike Safe card for the future, as that is place I used to visit quite a bit in my past backpacking trips.
I was the organizer of a hiking club at work. Since it was work sanctioned any employee was welcome.
Our issues were improper footwear and clothing. Many people we only saw once. Blistered feet, a bit of hypothermia, exhaustion , people not understanding what walking 10+ miles entailed.
I was wondering if that fall was caused by a medical problem… He had no doubt done Willard before.
I am curious if you meant Mount Willey as that is close but on another trail system Ethan Pond Campsite is on the Ethan Pond trail which intersects the Willey Range trail.
Willard is an isolated trail to a 2900 foot peak… Willey is almost 4300… Dig into your memory and go ferret out the maps!