But, I am not the only person on here whose life has been changed by OM and particularly its Forum. Through it I've made some wonderful very close friends with whom I've had some fantastic holidays. Without it I would never have had the confidence to do my Mountain Leader qual. And it set in motion a chain of events which has led to my current position as an operational member and the training officer of a mountain rescue team.
But that doesn't mean I'm not prepared to criticise the place when appropriate!
I agree with your well made observations Kate… … Those last two paragraphs are, for me, particularly relevant — not that I've gone on to achieve anywhere near as much involvement as yourself.