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All of the coverage for this Mt Hood rescue makes me sick to my stomach. These guys are not "heros" for doing something stupid and overconfident nor are they "family" with the media or officials. Anyone who goes up on Mt Hood (or any other large Stratavolcano in the NW) during December is taking a BIG risk (read: Stupid Idiot). I doubt they will find the 2 remaining bodies until next summer (if ever). If these guys were such climbing wizards why didn't any of them have a emergency locator device or even enough sense to keep your cell phone in a ziplock bag? They must have spent all their time at REI or LL Bean admiring themselves in the mirrors and now its on TV 24/7 and we are paying millions of dollars for a media circus performance to recover bodies of guys who thought they were too good to get into trouble and choose to take big risks with their lives and lost. It's no longer a "rescue" operation and the chances of them losing a rescuer far outweigh the "benefit" of recovering the bodies before thaw. Luckily for us BBNP is too isolated, too little known, and not dramatic enough to warrant a media circus about anything. You can see for yourself that the constant TV coverage is corrupting the response effort into a huge grandstanding event as different officials all try to make themselves appear more compassionate, caring, and determined to "rescue" the 2 remaining bodies. I think I will go vomit now... TWWG
The media is making a big "special report" series
why do i have to hear about this one 24/7?
From the AP:"A lot of money" has been spent on the search
Mel Gibson to be the lead search and rescue dude.
On the Everest show last night on Discovery - they encountered the stricken climber. They made a point to stress that the expedition leader felt rescue was impossible. The guy was so high up, he estimated if it were possible at all, it would've taken 20 sherpas to get him down and chances are some of them would've been killed in the process. Some of the climbers did stop to help the man though. One in particular gave the man oxygen, but was unable to revive him. The head sherpa spent 25 minutes trying to revive him as well. Anyone that hasn't seen it should watch the show. They are going to show every episode on Sunday. These climbers are so on the end of their ropes on the way down it's crazy. They are literally taking two or three steps, falling down, two or three steps, falling down, etc. The sherpas are constantly stressing "go, go, go!", "walk, walk, walk!!!". The expedition leader, who runs the show from one of the lower camps, is constantly on the radio urging them on.
Quote from: "Bobcat"From the AP:"A lot of money" has been spent on the searchThat is probably more than a 'bunch of money' you think?
Quote from: "01ACRViper"why do i have to hear about this one 24/7?Because it is 24/7 news and dead air is the kiss of death to a station. The story is accessible, and riveting to people who's most strenuous activity is changing the TV channel.Cable new is usually a total annoyance once you get past the first cycle and know what the headlines are. Incessant yammering about crap that wouldn't ever get printed in a newspaper because you can't have dead air. If nothing else was available, these news professionals would make a story out of absolutely nothing....Bob, tell us exactly how you wound this ball of string. Well Gene, I started at the center and it just got bigger as I went along. Fascinating, Bob, how dangerous was the winding? Gene, you really have to be careful or you could end up tangled in the ball. Wow! Who would ever have guessed it takes special skills and years of experience to do this safely. Bob, has anyone ever been lost making a string ball? Not to my knowledge, Gene, but one day I let Larry wind the ball while I ran to the convenience store for a package of bandaids...those string blisters really hurt when keeping the ball tight. When I got back Larry was gone and I haven't heard from him since. That bothers me because I want to ask him about the funny smell that emanated from the ball for a few days after he left.Compelling information Bob. OK viewers, this concludes our exclusive coverage on string winding. Channel 7, always first on the scene with in depth reporting and commentary. It is your #1 preferred source for news and information. Don't go away, after the short commercial we will be back with breaking news on how to determine if dog poop is too old to pick up.
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