Ralston not an idiot; he took a calculated risk | SummitDaily.com

Ralston not an idiot; he took a calculated risk

I would not call Aron Ralston a “lucky idiot” or a “shortsighted fool” as Jane Stebbins so harshly did in her May 14th column. From what I have heard and read, the experienced climber and adventurer took a calculated risk while pursing an activity he enjoys.

He was apparently very well-prepared since he survived the five-day ordeal and ultimately saved himself. Ralston requested neither rescue nor pity. Nor has he blamed his accident on anyone or filed a lawsuit – which is more than I can say for many safety conscious people.

Contrary to what Stebbins recommends, I don’t believe a shovel, a beacon or even another human being could have saved this man’s arm. Besides, not all of us like to travel in packs or even in pairs.

“Don’t take chances,” Stebbins says in her essay. Well don’t, if you don’t want to. Some of us like to live a little closer to the edge. Feel free to walk marked trails with your boyfriend, your cell phone, your emergency beacon and whatever else makes you feel safe and secure. But please don’t waste paper with boring, self-righteous and irrelevant stories of how you hobbled out of the woods on your lame “locked-up” knee.

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