[FoRK] The Wingnut Revolution

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Sun Mar 1 23:28:24 PST 2009

Your assertion that there is actually a little survival challenge 
involved and that newbies are in a bit of a stretch goal situation is a 
good indication that attendees have likely gained useful experience and 

I tend to go for the minimal roughing it myself, doing longish (5-20 
mile) hikes over close-to-raw terrain, preferably ridge hikes with some 
serious gain, with not much more than as much water as I can carry and 
good shoes.  Or taking a kayak a few miles out in fairly rough seas by 
myself.  Maybe later this year I'll actually hit the desert for more 
than a little run.  I know I don't have the equipment or planning for 
multi-day rough camping.  I tend to get my fill in 4-16 hours and then 
scurry back to civilization to recover with air conditioning and 
high-tech liquids.

At some point, I'll have to find a way to comfortably carry more than 
110 oz. of water.  I've used that up and been moderately to severe 
dehydrated several times in the last few years, not even in the desert.  
I have only had heat stroke once, when I was 15 or so.  Do you have any 


J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> On Mar 1, 2009, at 7:17 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>> Too bad the liberals have been practicing survival camp cities at 
>> Burning Man every year.
> The one image of Burning Man that has stuck with me all these years is 
> the spectacular carnage that happens when clueless city slickers meet 
> open range.  It was like the "Highway of Death" pictures from the 
> first Gulf War, but with cows and Volkswagens. I've had friends (who 
> were better prepared than average) that lost cars that way in route to 
> Burning Man.
> Burning Man is to outdoor survival what the Boy Scouts is to 
> patrolling the Taliban strongholds of Afghanistan.  Over the years I 
> have rescued at least a half-dozen lamers from the Bay Area suburbs 
> playing out their Grizzly Adams fantasy in the region of Tahoe and 
> Burning Man.  It's embarrassing; they watched far too much television.
> It is not as easy as it looks, and really quite dangerous to life and 
> limb if you are an amateur; I've had a couple dangerously close calls 
> myself and I supposedly know what I am doing.  It is not sufficient to 
> "get along with others" (and who says right-wing whackjobs don't "get 
> along"), you have to actually understand the environment and be able 
> to grok what your senses are perceiving. That kind of experience is 
> not easily won.  This is no different than the fools who end up dying 
> in Alaska because they've only had the Disneyland tour.
> Cheers,
> J. Andrew Rogers
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