Would completely agree that the right skill set along with an idea of expected conditions are critical. I’m guessing the vast majority who travel in a UL manner are experienced & have done the research before starting out at the trail head. Educating the public is something that really needs to be done up here, does not seem to be many of us in this part of the country. Retailers & outdoor institutions don’t seem to be getting involved with UL seriously & people seem to be jumping in mostly with what they have found on this web site (really good!) or have been advised by a retailer/fellow hiker. Try to promote UL when asked on this end, seems like still a pretty new concept up here that is slowly catching on, actually saw 3 separate hikers over the past weekend sporting Golite packs, was great.