devildog123: Most of the people up here in Alaska think the guy from into the wild was a farking retard, who got what he deserved.
PunGent: Lady Indica: PunGent: Actually the 'Into the Wild' kid gets a bad rap.He discovered...the hard way...a flaw in a basic, respected field guide to plants.So, in my book, he took risks, but wasn't a COMPLETE dumbass.I agree with his basic premise...in an era when you can get carried up Mt. Everest, the only way to have a REAL adventure is to not use a map, GPS, etc...you have to handicap yourself.I wouldn't do it, any more than I'd turn Amish...but I understand the impulse.No he doesn't get a bad rap. He was a complete dumbass, and truly...truly died to his own stupidity.Honestly though, I think he, this latest dumbass and the bear guy are all probably more than a wee bit 'touched' as my grandfather would have said. There really seems to be a component of mental illness involved, so that makes me sad. They were convinced (all of 'em) by an innate belief that defied reality. They thought they had special knowledge and/or understanding others did not. (Well 2/3, this latest guy sounds like that too, but we don't know for sure yet...but what little we do know fits it).ALL OF THEM had been told by more than one source how terminally stupid this was.I'm sorry for 'em, don't wish that kind of death on someone for being dumb, and I feel really terrible for the suffering they put their families and others through.I agree he and the bear guy died due to his own actions, but I guess I find a kind of magnificent foolishness in that kind of death..99 percent of us will die in our beds without ever even trying anything out of line with our neighbor's expectations.Hell, look at any subdivision...most people are afraid to paint their houses too brightly.I find these death-defying dumbasses a break from the monotony, at least, so I've got a soft spot for them.
revrendjim: He ended up in SouthEAST Oregon near Steens Mountain. That is rough, remote country, and it's still winter weather out there. I'm betting he is completely dead.
TheCheese: I wouldn't call that kid a 'dumbass' so much as a 'jackass' for making people go out and search for him.I hope they find him, and slap him with a fat bill for S&R.
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