Sunday, December 17, 2006
Death on the Mountain
Late this afternoon, rescuers found the body of one of the three climbers lost for over a week on Mt. Hood. The identification hasn't been made public, but because the body was discovered in a snow cave, I surmise it's the one who was injured and holed up in a snow cave with a cell phone.
You can, of course, catch this on your late news. The reason I'm blogging about it is my disgust at the truly hateful and disrespectful comments I've seen on a number of sites this evening. As always, AOL boards are by far the leaders in snippy, hateful, stupid comments. The mildest of the nasty comments called the three men stupid, inexperienced risk-takers, etc., etc. A cursory examination of the biographical information extant on them tells you that they were far from inexperienced. They had paid their dues, knew what they were doing, and had the proper equipment for the climb. What they could not control was nature. Bad weather blew in, and there was nothing they or anyone else could do to turn it back. Accidents happen, and they happen to the very best of the pros.
People who don't know what they're talking about should do themselves a favor and just shut up. As we all know, the Internet is filled with stupid people who yack-yack-yack just because they so love the sound of their own voices. It's too bad they have no clue how other people perceive their idiocy. If they did, they'd slink away and the Net would be a neater, smarter place.