Monday, October 16, 2006

...and let's be very careful out there -- Lez reminds us.

I don't want to be alarmist but Mike Warren recounted a particularly harrowing experience at Switchblade yesterday afternoon. He apparently surprised a mob of car thieves who were striping a couple of cars on top of the hill. Mike had passed the water reservoir and as he drove down into the dip he surprised the mob, their initial reaction was to flee but when they realized that the odds where in their favour they went on the offensive. Mike was able to execute a u-turn and beat a hasty retreat, at least one the bandits' vehicles set off in pursuit of him. A fair amount of time had passed when Mike recounted the incident to us but he was understandably still more than a little stirred, he fortunately remained calm when he needed to be.

One can only wonder how the scenario would have unraveled if there where a few more potential victims, we are going to have to seriously re-think our approach to visiting Switchblade, I know I've foolishly pushed on and flown alone, unbelievably stupid in retrospect. It would be a great shame to abandon Switchblade but if we offer ourselves as "sucker targets" this will only serve to embolden the bandits.

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