[/quote]There are a number of facts you got wrong and there were a number of things you apparently did not see, but i prefer not to discuss them here, so, DES and Durango Steve, you have a PM.
i appreciate you guys stopping when you came by, and at least entertaining my friend's request to help. but, i will just simply say that once someone calls search and rescue it forcloses all other options, and as i said at the time, subjects the person rescued to other risks...beyond being an involuntary participant in a photo op for the SAR's new pimp litter. i would have preferred that you had discussed this decision with me before acting on it as it subjected me to substantial risk without my consent. if you did not want to participate i would have completely understood. deciding for me and the others that i would be extracted is another thing.
I remember thinking as things started to unravel that DBS was not being rational because he was injured, in distress and / or hypothermic. My gut feeling was that he was stubburn. Again, trust your gut. After our plan was rejected by DBS to get him in dry cloths, re-evaluate and consider other resources, I considered leaving them to their own resourses, but that meant leaving my cousin, and someone in need, whether the need was percieved or not. Consider our rescue an intervention if you will, but if presented w/ a similar situation in the future, I would likely make the same decision. I would also encourage people in a "situation" to determine the most appropriate leadership whether it be a person or a team, and those decisions to be respected.
Above DBS mentions things that we were wrong about and did not see. I hope you might realize you also missed some pertinant details, and had you allowed some simple measures such as rewarming and eating to prepare for a prolonged rescue, maybe your wishes for self rescue would have been more seriously considered.
Also DBS says "deciding for me and the others that i would be extracted is another thing." The decision was a group (those of us at the Top)decision to stop where we were and wait for SAR which was activated. If continuing could have been done safely, we would have, and told SAR "thanks for showing up" Which I doubt has been said. But there were objective hazards you were unaware of and or have forgotten, such as the Steep, Overgrown and Muddy 1/4 mile just to get to the trail. and the relatively smooth litter ride down the the trail.
Again, your pain tolerance and emphesis on self rescue is not lost on me, but there is a big picture to be considered.
I seem to have digressed from the "not airing it here" moto, but had somethings on my mind that are prudent for everyone to consider in a "situation".