I keep wanting to straighten her out, so I guess I interpret that to mean she didn't know what to expect from equipment. I hate to say it, but that's an experience thing.So sad.... I'm in the trail accident category. The photo from April 8 has me VERY bothered. Personally, I would be all kinds of concerned if I came across a foreigner on a remote, strenuous, trail with expensive new pack and boots that doesn't seem to have figured this stuff out yet.
Maybe not the reason for an accident, but definitely could be the reason for snowballing.
I know, I know, I start getting annoyed when I see stuff like this and know just a little input from someone skilled could have made her look a lot more comfortable. But maybe I'm just wishing this hike hadn't turned out the way it seems....