Has anyone ever been on a remote trip, where a member of the party broke under pressure, and became a liability?
This last weekend my group planned one trip, but were forced into another because of water conditions. We encountered a severe portage with gear and boats, through the worst brush "in the world" (lol), in rain, wind, and lacked proper equipment to make this as easy as it has been in the past. This was hard, and went far beyond the noticeable physical stress, well into the mental stages of anguish.
We are seasoned boaters and expect these things to happen, our trip even though it was exhausting, went well and we laughed it off at camp. During the course of this adventure it did occur to me, a meltdown far from civilization could make for a delicate situation in many different ways.
Anyway, I've seen this happen close to home but never remote, and thought is was a reasonable inquiry to research more. I imagine some of you guides, or others, have a story or two.