I had asthma as a kid and with an inhaler it was not an issue. With today's inhalers and medications I imagine it's even less of an issue. They just needed something to play-up. It's like trying to make a big deal out of someone climbing Everest with poor eye-sight that is easily fixed with glasses or contacts.
The other guy with the plates and screws made a little more sense. But in case you forget he was in a motorcycle accident (duh, anyone who rides motorcycles has a nearly 100% chance of being in an accident) they must have shown that x-ray circle view montage 1,000 times.
Tim was an amazing accomplishment. Most people in the industry would give him close to a 0% chance of making it. Then add a broken hand to the equation. Very impressive.
Never said it wasn't okay to do any of those things. If I had unlimited money I'd certainly bring a GPS unit, it just ranked lower on my priorities than other things and I had to make do without it. I'd be willing to climb whatever mountain I thought would be suitable and not limiting myself to those I mentioned, but I'm not very familiar with many of them by name, so I listed the ones I've heard of that interest me. I prefer winter because I hate heat and bugs and love the cold, and ice and snow is much more fun than collapsing from heat exhaustion and having half of my blood siphoned off. I lived in Hawaii for a while and while I like the ocean and beaches, I never quite got used to the endless heat. So, it's not about that it's not okay to do those things, some of them I'd just prefer not to. The sense of accomplishment also ranks just as high as the experience of adventure, so I try to plan it in such a way that I can get both.
Summa sedes non capit duos
back on point here for a minute... LOL... I just arrived in Maine and will be headed to Plymouth NH tomorrow. Hiking and skills in the Whites Saturday and summit attempt Sunday. Getting pumped. Weather, so far, looking promising. Will do the pic and TR as I can. Want to thank all on this thread for their help, opinions, and suggestions.