Originally Posted By: Akichow

But the solo hiker who gets in trouble and hits the spot button, we may assume that person was a dolt and being irresponsible.

.....or "stupid"

Why do I seem 'fixated' on that word? Because every time there is a rescue/incident, there always has to be at least one mention of "stupid people" etc, etc.

Nice post, Akichow.

My own selfish reasons for not liking to hike alone? I carry more than my share paranoia and neurosis, and the more experience my buddy has, the less aforementioned psychological affliction I suffer.
The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.