sanctimonius plonk - Im sure your a decent bloke .....
You're not getting in my knickers however hard you try it on!
No not santimonious, just stating the obvious. I do ride solo, and I mainly ride away from trail centres to be fair. If I do ride solo however, I generally leave a detailed description of where I'm going or if appropriate a map, and have a time when I will check in by, either by phone or being back. I always carry a bivvy bag and a first aid kit along with the usual trail tools and fluids and food. I would normally back off somewhat if alone and take more care than if in a group.
The implication in the piece of tonights show, is that the helicoptor is having to search for the guy, i.e. no coherrant location given, so either alone, or with an incompetent, (in the proper sense of the word) partner.
Personally, I wouldn't ride alone in extreme and isolated terrain, its your choice to do whatever you do, but don't expect any sympathy from this quarter if you properly **** yourself up, and have through your own actions put yourself at substantial risk, and those whose misfortune it is to rescue you.
Big difference between your local rides, and way out in the back of beyond IMHO.