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On reflection, that ad may be dangerous, as well as stupid and insensitive (okay, yeah, I'm a lot more comfortable judging corporations :D).  I mean, I hope no one thinks that they can cope with desert heat just by wearing the "right" shoes.

Or even that their "breathable GoreTex liners" will do squat to keep your feet cool.  In addition to being extraordinarily naive (or at least, aimed at the naive) and blatantly inconsiderate in its manipulation, the ad is just poor advice, period.  I would not recommend GoreTex boots to anyone in the Grand Canyon in summer.

Not that it's really a deciding factor in survival, as you noted, but still.


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Yeah, I'm a huge fan of gore-tex lined boots for the kind of hiking I do: high mountains, lot's of stream crossings, snowfields, etc., in typically cold to moderately warm temps.

But that's totally different than what I'd pick for the Grand Canyon (duh).
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Zeke, No need to blame yourself as the fate we meet is just that, our destiny.

Having lost a son, I to, often think about what I could have done differently.....why of all the things I taught him the one thing I missed was teaching him how to live a long life.....and how I struggle.... How guilty I sometimes feel because of his death and the hollowness and void, the emptiness that it brought to us.

Nothing is every quite the same and I guess it never will be.  No way can we every make it right.

I take my wife into the wilderness most every weekend.  For many years we backpacked...as she grows older, and me to for that matter, backpacking is now more often a horseback ride.  The remoteness of it, the beauty, spending time with each other and our beloved animals, the feeling like we're the only ones for miles and the wilderness is ours offset the risk that goes with it.  Life, and living always has some risk doesn't it?

There isn't much I can say that you probably haven't heard and my advice is to cherish the memories made, honor Aprils memory as you feel the need and keep on doing what you love.

I guess in a sense, it's merciful that we don't know the time or the place but in the end it's always the same for each of us.

I'll drink one to April's memory tonight.


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Good reminder OZ

I remember being at the canyon that day (we went there for our honeymoon - did just the tourist thing on the rim) and remembering your group was down there hiking - and we were hot just sauntering around.  I didn't have a good feeling, and felt sick when I heard the news :(


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Ol-Zeke, i don't know what to say, just wish that your pain can lessen over time.  My mom, who i was very close with, got sick with cancer when i was 16 and later died a couple of months after turning 20, so i know the feeling of loss very well and my heart feels for you.


 It's good to judge things and conditions at times, but not individuals, especially not in any kind of condemning sense.  We're all at different points in our growth and maturity, but i think all, or most of us, are here in an attempt to grow more and mistakes and challenge are some of the most catalytic ways to grow and improve.
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