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(BBC)   Mountain hiker, a stranger to Switzerland, raises alarm and is found by police after five fellow hikers fell to their deaths. Now do you see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 68
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2012-07-04 10:34:08 AM  
Lagginhorn is the lowest of the 4,000-metre chain of mountains in the Alps, about 10km from the Italian border. It is regarded as one of the easier peaks to climb.

Weather conditions in the area were said to be relatively good.


so what's the point of this info? To make them look like inept posers?

"They were awful climbers and had no business being there as the conditions were perfect and a 10year old could have done it"? Is that what you're trying to say?

it's just a cheap shot for some reason . . .
 
2012-07-04 10:43:28 AM  

Father_Jack: TheVeryDeadIanMartin: According to Swiss papers it was 5 Germans from Berlin, one father (44), his son (17). his son's friend (21) along with the 14 year-old daughter and 20-year old son of the man who watched them all plummet. He had waited 100 m below the summit because he was feeling sick.

Y'ever notice whenever theres any sort of accident any where in the world, it always results in dead germans?

5 german hikers die!
Croc in Australia eats german tourist.
Caribou farts in Canada, 3 german tourists killed.
Car crash in Egypt, 14 germans killed.
Canoe overturns in the Amazon, 87 germans die.
Llama slips of a goatpath in Peru, 423 germans killed.
Ship sinks in the Baltic, all of Hamburg lost
Plane crash in Siberia, the entire state of Bavaria orphaned.


I guess Germany still owes the rest of the world a debt.

/Ha ha, got you, Germans!
 
2012-07-04 11:07:14 AM  
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MARK IT ZERO!
 
2012-07-04 11:15:40 AM  

ZeroCorpse: Mountain climbing is about as fulfilling as searching for a recently-showered person in a Walmart in Tennessee by way of sniffing everyone you encounter.

I just don't understand the appeal of climbing a mountain. I think it's something A-types do because they're spastic and need to be doing something pointless and brag-worthy (or so they believe) or else they'll have a nervous breakdown.

I'd no sooner climb a mountain than I would kick down a crackhouse door in Detroit and shout, "Hey you small-dicked ni♠♠ers, I'm totally unarmed and I see what you're doing and I'm gonna go get the police right now!" (Of course, the challenge here is that I'd never find a cop anywhere near a crackhouse in Detroit, unless he were working there, or a client.)

I'd no sooner climb a mountain than I would eat two of every menu item at McDonald's in a single trip, and then top it off with an ipecac-laced milkshake and 100 jumping jacks.

I'm not a daredevil, and doing things that tempt death do not make me feel "more alive." I've actually been dead (pneumonia killed me; I got better) and it was no picnic. I feel quite alive as it is, and I have no desire to risk losing the wonderful life and love I have to do something foolish and vainglorious. If I want to see the awesome view, I can be airlifted to the mountaintop, or take the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building.

But hey, if it it makes you feel like Captain Kirk and you want to make love to that mountain, to hug that mountain, you go right ahead. I'm sure the exhilaration is totally worth losing your entire family to something as stupid as falling off a goddamn mountain.

/And ultimately, the mountain doesn't care one way or the other.
//The mountain is an insensitive bastard that way.


I have a phobia about heights but I will climb the highest mountain over Macpukkies anyday.

If you fall off a mountain then you were shiate at climbing mountains. Don't blame the equipment if it fails, it was your fault for not checking them yourself. If you fall off, tough shiate.

I always check my equipment three times over, be it climbing, kayaking or simply hiking.

People who get themselves into trouble (e.g freezing to death on a mountain, lost in the forest) should pay for their emergency rescue.

/Getting too old for adventure sports.
 
2012-07-04 12:48:39 PM  

farkityfarker: CrispFlows: AverageAmericanGuy: I climbed a mountain in WA a couple years ago. I got to the top, looked around, then went back down.

It wasn't a life changing experience. My knee hurt a lot after that.

Mountain climbing just doesn't hold the attraction for me that it seems to hold on others.

[www.freeyourheel.de image 640x407]

This... doesn't do it for you?

/ That's Mount Rainier in the background
// no, it's not me.

A ranger died rescuing climbers there who got in trouble a couple of weeks ago.

Makes no sense to me. Mountain climbing should be completely "at your own risk". If a problem arises, tough shiat.

If you want to engage in pointless risky activity to boost your ego, fine. But no one else should have to be put at risk because of it.


No one, and I stress NO ONE, is forced to be a ranger or a volunteer SAR member. From reports I've read, the ranger on Rainier was hit by the litter on the helo, knocking him off balance where he slid/fell to his death. He willingly chose to be a ranger. He willingly chose to respond to the scene. We don't yet know if his death was negligence on his part, or the part of the National Parks department. It should've been pretty simple to sink a picket as necessary and tie off to it; it's unknown at this time if that's standard procedure. It probably isn't, but well may become standard in the future.

If you're not into it, that's fine, but there's no need to criticize something you don't understand nor care for. Those of us that are into it don't spend our time criticizing something you love.

praxis44241: isn't there a law requiring hikers to get GPS or something? Because about 8 years ago some kids got lost in Utah and the search/recuse team spent 17 million bucks.


Eh, no. I don't know WTF you think you're talking about, but no, GPS is not required. What good would GPS do for someone trying to rescue you if there's no communication between you and your rescuer? I think you're talking avy beacons, and even those aren't mandatory, just recommended.
 
2012-07-04 02:31:06 PM  
MarcintoshLagginhorn is the lowest of the 4,000-metre chain of mountains in the Alps, about 10km from the Italian border. It is regarded as one of the easier peaks to climb.
Weather conditions in the area were said to be relatively good.

so what's the point of this info? To make them look like inept posers?
"They were awful climbers and had no business being there as the conditions were perfect and a 10year old could have done it"? Is that what you're trying to say?
it's just a cheap shot for some reason . .


Seems to be in the mind of whoever reads it.
I interpreted that as "We're not talking about drunk idiots in flip-flops trying to get up and down the most difficult peak right before the announced blizzard hit", i.e. someone might have to look further into what went wrong. For some reason the surviving guy who just watched his children drop to their deaths probably wasn't available for an interview with the Daily Fail.
 
2012-07-04 03:28:09 PM  

praxis44241: isn't there a law requiring hikers to get GPS or something? Because about 8 years ago some kids got lost in Utah and the search/recuse team spent 17 million bucks.


How? what were they flying? golden search helicopters?
 
2012-07-04 03:31:49 PM  
I guess in Russia, those would be Golden Hinds...
 
2012-07-04 04:08:38 PM  

Gough: Is this a repeat from 14 July 1865?

/Is anything too obscure for Fark?


The first ascent matterhorn disaster.

Link
 
2012-07-04 04:14:48 PM  

Elephantman: You can get the same view from an Airplane, with a lot more comfort and less risk


And a far less appreciation for the basic fact of living. Every climber crazy enough to mountaineer knows the risk and they're very aware about the possibility for death

In a way, it prepares you for really living, rather than resigning your fate to the lifestyle of couches and first class seats.
 
2012-07-04 08:12:30 PM  
Where's the St. Bernard with keg-leash full of alcohol? ;)
 
2012-07-04 09:54:34 PM  

Marcintosh: Lagginhorn is the lowest of the 4,000-metre chain of mountains in the Alps, about 10km from the Italian border. It is regarded as one of the easier peaks to climb.

Weather conditions in the area were said to be relatively good.

so what's the point of this info? To make them look like inept posers?

"They were awful climbers and had no business being there as the conditions were perfect and a 10year old could have done it"? Is that what you're trying to say?

it's just a cheap shot for some reason . . .


Sure, why not:
i14erfun.startlogic.com
 
2012-07-04 09:56:35 PM  

CrispFlows: Elephantman: You can get the same view from an Airplane, with a lot more comfort and less risk

And a far less appreciation for the basic fact of living. Every climber crazy enough to mountaineer knows the risk and they're very aware about the possibility for death

In a way, it prepares you for really living, rather than resigning your fate to the lifestyle of couches and first class seats.


Well said.
 
2012-07-04 10:47:06 PM  
Good one, subs
 
2012-07-05 02:11:41 AM  
Nice work, subby.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-05 12:00:32 PM  

KrispyKritter: Father_Jack: TheVeryDeadIanMartin: According to Swiss papers it was 5 Germans from Berlin, one father (44), his son (17). his son's friend (21) along with the 14 year-old daughter and 20-year old son of the man who watched them all plummet. He had waited 100 m below the summit because he was feeling sick.

Y'ever notice whenever theres any sort of accident any where in the world, it always results in dead germans?

5 german hikers die!
Croc in Australia eats german tourist.
Caribou farts in Canada, 3 german tourists killed.
Car crash in Egypt, 14 germans killed.
Canoe overturns in the Amazon, 87 germans die.
Llama slips of a goatpath in Peru, 423 germans killed.
Ship sinks in the Baltic, all of Hamburg lost
Plane crash in Siberia, the entire state of Bavaria orphaned.

i suspect Darwin has a recipe and Death loves German food.


That, or the Jews really do run everything.
 
2012-07-05 05:10:14 PM  
Does nobody else find this suspicious?

It sounds to me like the guy left behind conveniently got sick the day all his in-laws (or at least that's what i imagine them to be to him) plummeted to their deaths...

now that would be efficient murder
//justsayin
 
2012-07-07 10:11:50 AM  

CrispFlows: Elephantman: You can get the same view from an Airplane, with a lot more comfort and less risk

And a far less appreciation for the basic fact of living. Every climber crazy enough to mountaineer knows the risk and they're very aware about the possibility for death

In a way, it prepares you for really living, rather than resigning your fate to the lifestyle of couches and first class seats.


CrispFlows: Elephantman: You can get the same view from an Airplane, with a lot more comfort and less risk

And a far less appreciation for the basic fact of living. Every climber crazy enough to mountaineer knows the risk and they're very aware about the possibility for death

In a way, it prepares you for really living, rather than resigning your fate to the lifestyle of couches and first class seats.


Yea...they would be really prepared for living if it wasn't for that whole falling and dying part. Don't need to risk my life doing stupid things to enjoy life, don't consider having a death wish a lifestyle.
 
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