As human beings we are placed on this earth in families and societies. Many species can roam this earth alone, without companionship or comradeship. We can not. We need each other. There is a continual bond between us. Deep down there is a love for one another that can not be taken away.
Recently an event occurred in the Wasatch that took one of our dear friends and mentors. For a time we had no idea if he were alive or had passed from this frail mortality. At a moments notice of finding he was missing there was a rally made through social media. Individuals were ready at a moment’s notice to leave their responsibilities. The were ready to use their skills and abilities and go out into the wilderness to search for this lost brother. Everyone wanted to contribute anything that they could to bring him home safe.
It is events like these that validate the need for communities. Here in the Wasatch we have built a strong community of friends, companions, brothers and sisters. Any would drop everything to go on the hunt for another. We fight, we quarrel, we backbite, but when it counts we stick up for one another. There is nothing that is going to keep us from finding one another.
There are many things that we do that can take us to the brink of death or loss, but we are smart enough to not do it without a community behind us. We love the adrenaline of the mountains and the great outdoors. We are not going to stop going outside. With all the challenges in the world we know that there are so many that we can rely on to come and find us if we come up missing.
I am amazed at the devotion of so many to go to task for someone they may only know through social media. We were ready at the drop of a hat or simple text message. Many to the effect that when told to keep at bay by search and rescue they were upset and frustrated and wanted to get out there. We chomp at the bit to help in any way possible.
It is reassuring to know that if something happened to me or my wife there is a great community behind us. One that would ban together to find us no matter the risk or the challenge to do so. The Wasatch Mountain Wranglers is one of a kind.
May God bless us all.