"My comment wasn't specific to this guy, it's more to writers in general who feel they have to compare mountaineering and hiking to war. I get a lot of this from reading Appalachia or Backpacker, I think. And it seems overly sensational to me, like the writers think hiking isn't exciting enough to write about without adding silly things like violent analogies. Anyone else see this a lot?"
When I read this stuff I think two things. 1) does it really feel like this to these guys? If so, why do they do it? Who in the hell seeks war for recreation? and 2) even if it does feel like this, and I can kind of see how it may at times, the metaphor, simile, analogy, whatever is just so overused. Don't the words just yell "hackneyed!" as they're coming off their pen (popping off their keystrokes)?
Anyway, that was a bit intense, but suffice it to say that I agree with you, Ryan. :)