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Friday, August 22, 2014

People Should Stop Mountain Climbing

Posted by on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

GRAVITY The widow-maker.

...or people who mountain climb should stop having families and friends, and definitely stop proposing to other people. From the Seattle Times:

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My esteemed colleague David Schmader suggests that a.) only people who nobody loves should climb mountains, and b.) they should be required to take out an insurance policy that covers the costs of body recovery. (Related: Watch the video of the man who took his two children, ages 9 and 11, to climb the snowy, godforsaken, highest part of the Alps nicknamed "the Corridor of Death" narrowly escaping death on its corridor. Nice.)

 

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seatackled 1
People should stop drinking, too.
Posted by seatackled on August 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
People should stop marrying thrill seekers.

Choose robots like Mittens Romney instead.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on August 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Banna 3
And driving cars, and climbing ladders, and taking showers, and swimming, and using power tools...
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on August 22, 2014 at 12:27 PM · Report this
4
@1 and @3 beat me to it. What a stupid post.
Posted by -J on August 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Dougsf 5
Studies seem to interpret data differently, but consensus says dangerous, but not most dangerous. Without arguing context, sudden cardiac arrest during running, swimming, ping-pong and tennis is twice as likely than dying mountain climbing.

http://www.besthealthdegrees.com/health-…
http://www.medicine.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/b…

Also noted, California and Washington are statistically the most dangerous states to climb in.
Posted by Dougsf on August 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM · Report this
Teslick 6
4: Agreed. We should ban bicycles while we're at it, too. Much safer to walk.
Posted by Teslick on August 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 7
Coyotes are nature's unloved-corpse-removal crew.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on August 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM · Report this
8
Stay at home posting about the latest reality tv show or generic sports team of the book of face if that is what suits you. I'm going to be out diving, sailing, and participating in other adventurous activities. There's morons in the mountains, on the water, and writing blogs, it's just human nature but not sufficient reason to restrict my ability to enjoy the mountains, be on the water, or comment on blogs.
Posted by restlessnative on August 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM · Report this
Hernandez 9
I think it's more thay people shouldn't climb beyond their ability and experience level, and not take stupid risks. Accidents will still happen, but sometimes they're up there hunting for the bodies of folks who just bit off more than they could chew, and that's ridiculous.
Posted by Hernandez http://hernandezlist.blogspot.com on August 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM · Report this
10
This is silly.
Pick your battles better ... Bethany.
Posted by an epicurean on August 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Rotten666 11
stuff white people like.
Posted by Rotten666 on August 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
12
People should stop writing ridiculous inflammatory click-bait articles like this one.
Posted by PatrickR on August 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM · Report this
14
What are the stats on bicycle deaths versus mountain climbing deaths, per capita?
Posted by unpaid reader on August 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
15
Stay in mom's basement. Never leave.
Posted by Bigwave425 on August 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
16
Given that even some of our local spots attract more than 100,000 visitors a year (and comparing the number of accidents, let alone fatalitie…) I'd say this is not a concern. Even a little bit. Seriously. More money per capita was likely spent carrying this post to the people than treating all climbing accidents over the last 24 months.
Posted by thename on August 22, 2014 at 1:12 PM · Report this
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In order to train wilderness rescue/recovery workers, we need a supply of people lost/dead in the wilderness. Fortunately, there's a stead stream of volunteers, and we don't have to pay them for their time.
Posted by tiktok on August 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 18
@ 7 FTW.
Posted by Matt from Denver on August 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM · Report this
19
People should stop writing articles like this...
Posted by c-leb on August 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM · Report this
20
Dammit! I should have read @12 first!
Posted by c-leb on August 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM · Report this
delirian 21
What I'm going to say is pretty mean, but this post deserves it. Don't take this as implying that this reflects the rest of your posts or writing, but I really do think this is the type of article that would do well on Buzzfeed.

There, I said it, and I feel horrible for doing so. Just add a couple .gifs, steal a little content from Reddit and you'll be set.

btw, I'm so sorry.
Posted by delirian on August 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM · Report this
Dougsf 22
@14: Mountain climbing; 1 death per 1,750 participants per year. Bicycling 1 in 140,845.

I can't find in the data if they're comparing miles biked to miles climbed (unlikely, despite plane fatalities calculated by miles flown). Regardless, bicycling is definitely safer.
Posted by Dougsf on August 22, 2014 at 1:22 PM · Report this
23
@22: Life; 1 death per 1 participant.

It's only a matter of when and what you did during that life to enjoy it.
Posted by Bigwave425 on August 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Dougsf 25
@23 Just answering the inquiry, but I couldn't agree with you more.
Posted by Dougsf on August 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 26
I'm with you. I'm sure mountain climbing is fun for some, but there's no question it comes with a death wish. Like running with the bulls or charging towards a cop waving a gun, t's quite the unnecessary risk for someone who wants to keep living.
Posted by Gurldoggie http://gurldogg.blogspot.com on August 22, 2014 at 1:39 PM · Report this
27
If people don't want to pay hospital bills they should stop getting sick.
Posted by GermanSausage on August 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 29
People have to die for it to be a "thrill seeker" activity. If nobody died, nobody would think it was dangerous (and rightly so).

So this guy dying really only recharged the batteries for all the other thrill seekers out there. You have to break some eggs to make an omelet.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on August 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM · Report this
schmacky 30
It takes guts (or stupidity) to write a specious anti-climbing blog post intended for a Seattle-based audience. Kudos (or: What the fuck were you thinking??)!
Posted by schmacky on August 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM · Report this
Gern Blanston 31
I've heard the guy was topless too, except for a bra.
Posted by Gern Blanston on August 22, 2014 at 2:43 PM · Report this
32
Counties usually end up sending a bill for rescue efforts. I know of a widow who got a $9000 bill for rescue efforts after her husband died in an avalanche.
Posted by Escapee from S. Idaho on August 22, 2014 at 3:18 PM · Report this
33
@31, LOL, you always need to have the appropriate supportive gear when climbing.
Posted by ChefJoe on August 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM · Report this
treacle 34
Fundamentally, people should just stop being alive, that would solve ALL the problems mentioned in the post and the comments. Claro.
Posted by treacle on August 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM · Report this
seatackled 36
@34

undead ayn rand would probably agree.
Posted by seatackled on August 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM · Report this
snoopy 37

man, those Stranger staffers really need to get out more... the spirit withers. And I'm pretty sure no insurance covers slow death by slow side into regressive urban thought pattern.
Posted by snoopy on August 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM · Report this
snoopy 38

your staff needs another writer or two who knows their way around the oft outrageous, humble and poetic culture of true alpine savvy. Because: holy fuckin' christ we live right next to one of the most diverse, fantastic, alive--and life giving--beautiful geo bio fuck all amazing godsent mountain range.

Know it even if you don't love it.
Posted by snoopy on August 22, 2014 at 7:08 PM · Report this

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