I’m not sure I’ve ever met a parent who thinks of their teenage child as “experienced” in much of any dimension. Just sayin’.Oh, dear. The "experience" word again.
"Her parents told News 9 that Sotelo is an experienced hiker but does not have much winter hiking experience." I guess this just means "she's done a bunch of trails", since she's barely 20, and teens generally have had very little experience in a whole lot of anything. If she'd been out regularly with a well-established hiking club (like the AMC) and got her "experience" from hanging out with them, I'd feel more optimistic.