I've had a lot of people come up and talk to me about the story in the Gazette about man who got stranded in deep, wet snow on the northeast side of Pikes Peak Monday. The man encountered deep snow without skis or snowshoes, struggled for a while, then set up camp, at which point more snow fell, collapsing his tent. He was able to walk out on his own after Search and Rescue team members gave him snowshoes.
Here's what people keeps saying to me: Why did this guy need rescuing?
Yes, there was a lot of snow. Yes, his tent collapsed and he and his dog probably spent a very cold night, but so what? many have said. You struggled in, you struggle out.
I don't have a strong opinion about that but I will say this. The man called his wife at midnight to call for rescue. Big mistake. Let the poor woman sleep. It wasn't her idea to go hiking in a blizzard. Everyone should take a minute to program the sheriff's office numbers for their favorite hiking spots into their phones. Not only will it preserve a spouse's sleep, but if you do it right, you can get rescued, get back to the car, drive home, and never mention any of it.
Opinions on the rescue-worthiness of this scenario, or my advice for marital bliss?