Lots to discuss here....
First of all, believe me, I'm all for personal choice, freedom, and responsibility. I really don't care what people do in the mountains or in general, as long as it's not actually or potentially hurting others.
CT and personal blogs are in the public domain, and therefore the things people post are open to both positive and negative scrutiny. People should expect to be asked tough questions on occasion. If one is not comfortable with that or does not think that is right, he/she should keep experiences in a diary tucked safely under a pillow. Personally, I think there is a place on CT to discuss safety in the mountains. Steve was asked how he keeps safe on a glacier, and what he would do if he fell in a crevasse while by himself. He did not answer this question, other than to say he carries basic gear and a Delorme, and that it's "my choice, don't do what I do". Further, he noted that he sees lots of other people not "on leash". Honestly, it was pretty much the answer I expected.
Fine... It's his choice, we all agree. People solo hike and climb all the time. It's not new. Apparently some guy soloed all the Rockies 11,000's.
What mainly stood out to me, though, is his suggestion that ropes aren't even necessary. He climbs Garibaldi with others and they don't really consider bringing a rope. Take a look in Alpine Select (p.182? - don't have it on me) of the potential hazards below the coastal "cement" around Mt Garibaldi. Unlike Zeljkok's comment of praise, to go out with friends on a glacier and not bring a rope and other safety gear is not a sign of experience and knowledge, but of laziness and ignorance. It's akin to not bothering to bring avi gear when traveling through avi terrain. Bring the gear, even if ratings are "low". It's the right thing to do.
Indeed, climb on friends. And when you get to the top, keep climbing.
Last edited by Candy Sack; 03-03-2017 at 12:28 PM.