Maybe better to realize this and respond accordingly instead of talking down to and treating us as if you were the only experienced one here and we are completely clueless.
Sorry you feel this way Mark, in no way are my intentions to talk down to anyone, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended and has taken my thread as such here on HST.
My intentions here are only to keep safety at the forefront at the beginning of our new backpacking season and to remind members, especially those who may be embarking into the wilderness for the first time, about refreshing the basic's to survival.
Perhaps, let's instead assume that many here are Sierra pros - cool-headed and knowledgeable.
You can go ahead assume that Mark, personally I won't do that until someone has somewhat reasonably shown otherwise.
.I wonder how many others here are becoming somewhat offended too
Would be interested too, those of you who are experienced and long time members, who do not care for reminders about refreshing our first aid skills, rethinking our approaches in case of survival, or helping our less experienced members with some of our wisdom that we have gained through our own trials and tribulations, can easily disregard my posts conerning these subject matters.
Personally my hope is that more of you "experienced members" will chime in, seeing and understanding the importance of this and other threads like it.
EIther way, I will continue to be a "soapbox" for safety as long as I continue to read about parents thinking that their son had exited the wilderness, only realizing a week later that he never did, which was the case of Michael Meyers, a 25 year old UCLA student back in Nov 2015. Sorry, I just can't turn the other way and say "well I'm experienced and that ain't happening to me".