Are You Ready for That Outdoor Adventure? 5 Questions to Ask
By Michael Lanza
We heard the young girl crying through the howling wind and mid-July snowstorm on Besseggen Ridge, in Norway’s mountainous Jotunheimen National Park. As we caught up with the family of five, I saw that she was maybe eight or nine years old—the same age as my daughter—crying inconsolably and repeating one word over and over: “Cold! Cold!”
We stopped to ask if they were all right. I looked them over. The parents and two teenage boys were dressed for the extreme weather in good boots, enough insulation, and shells. The young girl, inexplicably, wore open-top rubber boots, tights, and the kind of winter jacket you’d buy in Wal-Mart, with a hood that would not even stay on her head in the wind.
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