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Presumed Deceased WA - Laura Macke, missing in Olympic National Park; Oct-Nov 2022

Grok

Hangin' Out
Not another one......I'm pulling out my hair. Missing teenage hiker in NH White Mountains. Another one where the odds of survival are very low.
Yes. Another fatality. Emily Sotelo, as @Hates Ramen and @Rainforest point out. To me, what stands out is the misplaced confidence in very little experience. Both casualties had met quantitative benchmarks that are like résumé bullet points: “almost 48 4,000 foot-ers” and “section-hiked the Long Trail”. Doing a bunch of miles/peaks on populated trails in benign weather is confused with experience, when really, it’s about putting one foot in front of the other.

STW has a thread on “What is experience?”
 
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Cabin Fever

Laidback
I found a batch of photos for the EV hike. This is so beautiful…. in summer. I can see wanting to go there, but not in a cold rainstorm, with a bad forecast, at winter’s onset.

If LM had time off, and wanted to fit in a couple of days of backpacking, and felt compelled to go ultralight, why didn’t she go somewhere she was more likely to be safe with ultralight supples and survivable conditions? Fly into Vegas cheap cheap and do Death Valley?

Why choose the Olympics? Death wish? That’s the only possibility that makes sense to me.

There. I’ve said it.
 
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