Did she truly understand that if it went badly, there was a very real chance that she would not come home. I don't mean a theoretical possibility, I mean a very real chance.
If she went out knowing that she might not come home, if she truly understood that, and if her parents did too, then fine, I don't know if I'd want my children to follow in her footsteps, ask me in 13 years. But fine, they knew the picture, they took a grown up decision.
If they did not have that understanding, then i believe she had no business being out there. (yes, my opinion, not fact)
Bear in mind that I've spent a long time involved in activities for which fatality statistics are collected, I have at least some background to make this comment.
I am uncertain if I admire her courage and determination, or if I think she did a stupid thing. I guess I'd want to talk to her face to face to decide that one.
It is amazing how polarized the forum seems to be in terms of Pro/Con Abby.
I'd like to raise up my flag as undecided.
Just my thoughts.