May 15, 2011, 6:10 PM
Registered: Mar 29, 2009
I disagree. The story explicitly states that the pair had "limited" experience and that they had no rock climbing gear with them at all. No rope, no pro, no harnesses, not even shoes. Ill-equipped and inexperienced sounds about right.
I am saddened by the death of a fellow adventurer, but those two had no business climbing 50-100 feet off the ground with nothing between them and injury. The survivor did a heroic thing trying to break his friend's fall, but that doesn't change the circumstances of the accident any.
I think it's funny for a rock climber and self described adventurer to point the finger at another for taking a risk. As far as most of the public is concerned, all of rock climbing is an unnecessary risk.
I say, let people take the risks they want to take. There is never a clear line between safe and unsafe.
None of the firsts to do anything notable had any experience or much in the way of equipment either.
(This post was edited by Rudmin on May 15, 2011, 6:11 PM)