Originally Posted by Uncle Ben
A person who knew the way out solidly was chosen to lead folks out that wanted to leave.
This is an excellent thread and I am glad to have discovered it!
I was gunning on Golden Spike when a guy broke his 40 really bad. Our leader from Wasatch decided to try to help him fix it and have me lead the rest of the group out. At the end of the day they couldn't fix it and the guy caught a ride back to camp with our leader, but what I learned was that gunners need to be prepared to lead the trail if need be!
On another run I was gunning, this one was E-Hill, a guy broke his 60. Our leader asked if I could fix it while the rest of the group did the SOB hill loop, and I said I would try. Well, I got him fixed just in time for the rest of the group as they were returning and we all made it out safe and he ended up driving all the way back to Oregon on the trail fix.
My point is, gunners should be at least as qualified as leaders - just like co-pilots are qualified to fly the plane.