So here it is on the news today: an Oregon National Guard helicopter crashed on Mt. Hood in an attempt to rescue some stranded mountain climbers.
One of the crew members is believed to be in critical condition.
What an enormous waste of lives and tax payer money.
MEMO TO MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS: If you climb a dangerous mountain, THERE IS A CHANCE YOU WILL F’N DIE. Don’t you know that?
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s a quote from the article:
In the past 100 years, experts say there have been 130 deaths on Mount Hood. In the last 10 years in the United States, there have been an average of 30 climbing fatalities per year, said Jed Williamson, who edits the Accidents in North American Mountaineering publication for the American Alpine Club.
Here we are, fighting a war against terrorists and what are we wasting our national defense budget on? Idiots who decide to climb mountains, for no better reason than to say they did it.
Or I’ve heard “because it’s there”. You know what? “There” is a JOB. “There” are handicapped children that need your help. “There” are starving children in Africa. Wouldn’t your time be better spent helping others, or at least yourself, than trying to dodge avalanches?
I hear mountain climbers also like to get to the summit for the view. Why? Haven’t you ever heard of an airplane? Will get you up to 30,000 feet in like, 10 minutes, tops. And trust me the odds of survival are a lot higher- but won’t be if we have to keep sending our troops to pluck your sorry assess off some peak!
Look, go climb your stupid mountains but if I were Governor of Oregon, here’s my simple rule: climb all the mountains you want, but you have to post a $25,000 bond or we don’t rescue you!
I hope there are survivors. I’m not saying kill all mountain climbers. And I do feel bad for the ones that died and their families.
But I sure as hell hope that they get charged by the government for this mess they caused!