From today’s Calgary Herald:
Gilles Blackburn says he regrets not having matches in his pocket when he and his wife went skiing off a beaten trail in the Rockies on Feb. 15.
If, he had, he says his wife, Marie-Josée Fortin, would probably still be alive today. His wife died of hypothermia on Feb. 22, after the couple, who were on a ski holiday in British Columbia, spent nine days lost in the wilderness.
Soft-spoken and polite, Blackburn said that he is only partially responsible for what happened.
“What I did (by skiing out of bounds) was my fault,” he said, “I’m to blame for that on the 15th. But after that, on the 17th, on the 21st, when the police knew were lost and didn’t come to help, then that is not my fault.”
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There are some interesting comments following the article. What is your opinion?
Personally, when I am out in the wilderness, I take 100% responsibility for what happens to me. If you’re not prepared to do this, you shouldn’t be out there. I know that every time I go skiing by myself on a trail where there are few or no other skiers, if I have a serious accident on a very cold day, it’s probably over for me. I accept these risks as part of the experience. If I break my leg and freeze to death, or a cougar eats me, it is ALL MY OWN DOING.
I can lessen the chances of a tragedy by being prepared with proper clothing and food, or better yet, skiing with a companion.