Re: Alternate search thread.
by FISHPOLE on Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:27 am
...Talk is cheap. Boots on the ground no matter who they are is what is needed and info from a SPOC SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT.
I’m not even sure of the reasons so many people write all these excuses of not being able to participate in the search. It sounds pathetic (no offence). But even worse some, especially those who excused themselves, try to judge the individuals who volunteered to do the search on their own for such an “irresponsible” decision.
SSSdave wrote:...At any time an unexpected loose boulder in talus, or invisible slippery spot on a log crossing over a large deep fast stream, or falling down into labyrinths between large talus, or a single ice hard spot during a traverse across steep firm snow, or unexpected pack weight shift while climbing move on an exposed face of steeps, or electrocution by lightning, are possible despite however careful one might be...
Yes, going to the mountains, especially for multiple days, at this time of the year is very risky and dangerous for majority of hikers/backpackers and even mountaineers but many still take the challenge for whatever the reason. And then among those in trouble requiring SAR efforts, some were lucky to be found quickly, some were found accidently in the next spring/summer or even years later, and some others never. That is the reality. Mountains have no mercy and may painfully punish anyone, regardless of the expertise, for ignorance or disrespect, for even the slightest mistake.
In case of Larry nothing is known. We don’t really know if the storm contributed to Larry’s initial factor of his disappearance but for sure made the search very difficult. And these few people who decided to continue the search on their own may obviously get in trouble as well. There is no guarantee they would find any clue but at least would be able to live in peace. They try; perhaps Larry would do the same for them.
"There is something money cannot buy..."