Over the weekend we hiked up the back side of Flattop, and up Bird Ridge. I'm constantly amazed at the way some people venture onto our local trails. Honest to god, I saw people on Bird Ridge wearing what was basically beach apparel, shirtless, carrying nothing in hand, no fanny pack, etc. This was hiking over long snow fields, slick rocks, icy patches, etc. What on earth are people thinking, if anything? All it would take would be a misstep and a twisted ankle, and these people would be totally screwed. I know they're thinking, Well, I'll just whip out a cell phone and call a helicopter to come and get me. What could go wrong? Or they're counting on people like our group, carrying extra food, clothing, water, first aid gear, etc. to save their sorry, unprepared butts. Does this lack or preparation for the sometimes unforgiving Alaska backcountry irritate anyone else, or am I just getting cranky in my old age?