After Hood tragedy, Ore. lawmaker wants mountain locators

Full story: KREM-TV Spokane
There's danger aplenty on Mount Hood -- including avalanches and crevasses that can swallow a climber and leave no trace. Read more
OCC

Salem, OR

#1 Feb 18, 2007
"If you take all of the risk out of life, you lose a lot. You're removing a personal liberty from somebody who wants to go and explore without having a safety net,"

Well, how about this compromise - no locator device, no public assistance in the search & rescue? Let Portland Mountain Rescue and other volunteer organizations run the whole show - no National Guard Helicopters, no county fuel or sheriff deputies' overtime, etc. The fact is, these guys *are* assuming they have a safety net - taxpayer funded search & rescue.

“livin it up at Gales Creek”

Since: Apr 07

Gales Creek, OR

#2 Apr 23, 2007
I agree that if you go out into the elements you should be prepared. Some of the things that could be done include requiring hikers to carry a survival kit and pass certification showing they have proficient knowledge of survival skills. However it all comes down to the fact that we will not allow one of our people to die if we have the ability to save them.
OCC wrote:
"If you take all of the risk out of life, you lose a lot. You're removing a personal liberty from somebody who wants to go and explore without having a safety net,"
Well, how about this compromise - no locator device, no public assistance in the search & rescue? Let Portland Mountain Rescue and other volunteer organizations run the whole show - no National Guard Helicopters, no county fuel or sheriff deputies' overtime, etc. The fact is, these guys *are* assuming they have a safety net - taxpayer funded search & rescue.
Terry Burgess

United States

#3 Jan 10, 2010
As a pilot I know the risks I take are my own responsibility. If I fly and crash and don't file a flight plan I know no one will come out for me for a period of time. These climbers should be responsible to get equipped on their own. We have to many rules to try to protect us from ourselves and being stupid already.

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