What would you have done differently Eric?
stayed at home and watched TV =P
everyone takes risks, ive done easy climbs with minimal gear and equipment ... depending on my ability not to fall
in the off season though i generally take enough gear to survive the night, in squamish that generally means a light emergency bag ... in other places it means taking a blizzard bag ... remember that even if you call for a rescue, SAR may not be able to reach you till the next day
my personal opinion is that i prefer not to depend on SAR to save my azz if a i went a bit too light ... if im capable of getting down without calling them i will ... 3 months ago i blew my achilles on a climb, i rapped and crawled out a few hundred vertical metres ... of course if i was much more serious or deeper in the wilderness i would have likely pressed the big red button
i think that in some places with good communications, well established SAR, ... that people knowingly take certain risks with the idea that they can get rescued if anything goes wrong
my view on a climb or anything else is that you should always have the ability to get down or out yourself ... the big red button is a last resort, and not something you depend on if the conditions turn
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On Sunday morning, Killian Jornet issued a message on his personal blog, admitting the unnecessary risk he took with this venture, so poorly equipped and in such poor weather conditions. He hopes it is a warning other climbers:
"On September 7, I decided to climb a route on the north face of the Aiguille de Midi, the Frendo Spur, a route that I had climbed previously in light gear. I took all the necessary climbing equipment (for ice and rock), and we were on schedule to finish the route before the bad weather arrived. I was too short-sighted not to take more jackets and to think that the weather would be friendly.
On the final rock face, we lost a lot of time, as we took the wrong route. This forced us to descend and take the good route. 50 meters from the summit of the Aiguille de Midi, seeing the weather degenerating fast, I decided that continuing the ascent could endanger my life and the life of my companion. I called the PGHM. They assisted us to the top of the Aiguille du Midi.
I want to take this opportunity to thank PGHM Chamonix staff for their very professional and efficient mountain rescue work.
This is a warning: ascending the mountain is difficult and, even if you are careful and meticulous with planning, it can be dangerous. We must be humble when climbing because even the tiniest error, especially when we take it easy and disconsider the possible dangers, can be fatal."