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[pct-l] Re: Did Lowder have an ice axe
- Subject: [pct-l] Re: Did Lowder have an ice axe
- From: email@example.com (Marion Davison)
- Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 17:15:34 -0800
Thank you to Helen for clearing up the facts in the case.
It really does come down to each person choosing their acceptable level
of risk. Brick's photo of a hiker on Fuller Ridge in the snow gives me
the willies. Like some others, I choose to section hike, so I can do
each section during its best time of year, when conditions are most
favorable and risks are lowest.
A colleague of mine tells me I am crazy because I have kept my food in
my tent in bear country (no lectures, please, I now own bear cans) and I
only filter water when I consider it hazardous. This same colleague is
a skydiver. I would NEVER jump out of a perfectly good airplane. So
each of us has determined her acceptable level of risk.
Anyway, I hope the original question, "Do I need an ice axe, or will
hiking poles do?" has been answered definitively. I for one don't want
to read about any more thru-hiker deaths. But I know they will happen.
Another frequent cause of airplane crashes--a short between the