Thanks for this story. It is important that we all realize that YOU are the one that determines the safety of the situation. Use safety gear, train, prepare, and never operate outside of your limits far from help.jakemoore wrote: ↑Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:06 pmYes I agree. And maybe true for any hazardous environment and also fair to realize someone in distress may not realize they need help.
I had the experience for my first time over 10000 feet and I had serious altitude sickness. Living at sea level I was falling down and delirious as soon as I got off the lift. Ski Patrol came to check on me. I thought I could make it to the base and refused help. No I could not ski over 100 yards on the easy trails without falling over due to lack of oxygen. Ultimately I rode down in the sled and the first Ski Patrol who left me got chewed out by his boss.
I wouldn't force a rescue but staying close to somebody in distress is a good call if it is possible based on conditions. Sometimes is too late and its important to realize that 1/3 of heart attack victims do not make it to the hospital in spite of best treatment available so friends riding with him should have no blame for this sad situation.
But when something goes wrong, no matter how it messes with you mind, make the rescuer's job easier by complying with their recommendations. They almost always know better than you when you "feel funny". You can always get a ride down, rest, then try a shorter lift later. No reason to die just because you are the type to refuse competent help. Again, if you "feel funny", do not refuse help.
And if you are "with it" enough to know that you are not quite thinking straight, let those giving you assistance know that. They are at risk too, and you should make it a point to consider their safety if you can. Don't let stubbornness or pride get someone else hurt.