missing Oregon climbers

I’m not trying to “blame the victim”, I am just looking for some news honesty. For days now, news people have been implying that the missing Oregon climbers were something like experts and professionals.

One of the three climbers, Kelly James, has now been found on Mount Hood in Oregon. He was found dead and had a ring with his initials on it.

I think that if Kelly James was wearing a metal ring during an extreme winter climbing expedition, that may have been irresponsible. It can get cold, it could lessen circulation, it adds a tiny amount of weight, it could be a minor distraction if handling ropes and ice axes.

Idea for future mountain climbers: ditch the jewelry and instead, bring a better cellphone, or a cellphone antenna, or a satellite phone, or an EPIRB, or flares, or a colored smoke signaling device, or a signaling mirror, maybe a good whistle. There are many devices that can be used to contact potential rescuers, some of them are expensive, and some of them are less costly.

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