There will always be individuals among us who want to partake in adrenaline pumping, limit pushing, not-for-the-weak-of-mind activities [“Mount Rainier rescuers practice for the inevitable,” Local News, May 21]. I myself have enjoyed the thrills of skydiving in the past.
But there are certain risks associated with these sports, and all those who participate must accept responsibility for their decisions. It was this notion that got me thinking: How can climbers in Washington, knowing full well the risks of their sport, and the unpredictable power of Mother Nature, in good conscious climb the mountain knowing that the costs associated with a rescue mission will come out of the taxpayers’ pocket?
I’m not saying that we should start leaving people up on the mountain, but rather that there has to be a better way than holding taxpayers accountable for the cost associated with others’ choice to engage in high-risk sports.
Chris Toomey, Seattle