Mason left the Appalachian Mountain Club's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center near Gorham at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday after telling staff there that he planned to hike 17 miles in one day along the Appalachian Trail, over the summits of Mount Washington and Mount Madison.
17 miles in one day over two mountains?
The article also said at one point he had to wade through *3 feet of snow*.
If it wasn't unseasonably warm (90 in Boston today, 85 or so on Saturday and Sunday), mightn't this dumb kid be dead?
Maybe he knew the forecast going in?
Whatever....I just don't see the risk/reward for this crap. Can't he tote a GPS device or a cell phone or something? Or would that be considered *cheating*?
It's one thing to risk *money*, quite another to risk *life and limb*.
See also - Unconscious Morons.