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1:49pm on Thursday the 20th of June
ONE CLIMBER FOUND DEAD, TWO STILL MISSING. MY THOUGHTS BELOW
Rescuers fear two missing climbers may have fallen into a half-mile deep glacial crack while trying to descend Mt. Hood, officials said Monday.

The body of the third climber, Kelly James, was found in a second snow cave uncovered by crews Sunday near the spot located by cell phone signals traced to him.
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I watched a lot of the ongoing coverage, and found this to be a sad and terrible story, and I extend my deepest sympathies to the families. But during the coverage I found myself wondering how this is any more of an important story than a little old lady walking home from the grocery store who gets hit by a truck and smeared across three lanes.

Mountain climbers assume a high degree of risk, like people who jump out of airplanes or bungee jumpers - so when something unfortunate occurs, it's not so much a tragedy as it is a fundamental part of the experience. The fact is, without the inherent risk, the actual activity holds less excitement for the person engaging in it. Hence the common phrase, "He lived life to the fullest," usually heard after "he" has fallen to his death when the emergency chute failed.

Meanwhile, every day, people die going to and from work.
On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 108 minutes.
Old ladies slip in bath tubs and old men choke on carrots. They weren't taking risks. They weren't climbing rock faces or dangling from planes. They were just living their lives.

Those stories of daily death depress me more.

On that note, I am going to eat a carrot.

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