I despair at times.
Over on the Challenge Message board one chap has just posted the following about the gear list for his TGO Challenge this year:
"Keen readers will notice a GPS and will also notice no maps. Even keener readers will remember my question about hiking without maps, but worry not. I planned the entire hike meaning that my partner-in-hiking-crime will do the navigating and map reading, so maps and compass are in/on his pack and therefor not on my gear list."
So then, we should not worry about our foreign friend. We should not worry about him when he is split up from his walking partner and finds himself without maps.
We should not worry about how 'Challenge Control' at Montrose will feel when they call the police to start a search for him.
We should not worry about all the services that will be prevailed upon in rotten weather to look for an idiot who is not carrying any maps.
But should we worry when he is recovering in hospital in Ft Wiliam? Or should we be angry that this moron is allowed to be let loose in the Highlands of Scotland; taking part in an event that has a proud safety record over the last 30 years.