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#290187 - 08/10/18 07:44 PM Barricades are there for a reason!
dougwalkabout Offline
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This gentleman miraculously survived a 150 ft. drop into a waterfall -- largely unscathed! As I understand it, he climbed over the safety fencing to get the perfect shot and slipped on moss-covered rocks. Yes, those barricades are there for a reason. First rule of survival: don't put yourself in survival situations!


Edited by dougwalkabout (08/10/18 07:46 PM)

#290188 - 08/10/18 07:55 PM Re: Barricades are there for a reason! [Re: dougwalkabout]
Montanero Offline

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1482
Loc: North Carolina

#290189 - 08/11/18 01:58 AM Re: Barricades are there for a reason! [Re: dougwalkabout]
hikermor Online   content
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6859
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So true! we were often doing swift water rescues for vehicles trapped by flood waters in the arroyos around Tucson. In every single case, they drove around barricades stating the presence of flood waters. More than a few fatalities....
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#290190 - 08/11/18 02:50 AM Re: Barricades are there for a reason! [Re: hikermor]
AKSAR Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 1134
Loc: Alaska
This one must get some sort of prize for dumb (insert expletive) behavior:

Man wades into Katmai bear feeding zone, takes a selfie

Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park is one of the premier places in the world to observe bears feeding on salmon. The other being McNeil River Falls, managed by Alaska State Parks. In both places the rangers do an admirable job of managing the people to provide for great viewing and filming opportunities, at the same time keeping people safe from bears, and bears safe from people.

Around 6:50 p.m. Thursday, two Alaska residents and one tourist went into the closed area, the National Park Service said in a statement. The man used an emergency exit on the bear viewing platform to get down to the riverbank below, according to Ramos. Multiple bears were feeding on salmon at the time. "In doing so, the group violated National Park Service wildlife viewing regulations, putting themselves and wildlife at risk," wrote Mark Sturm, superintendent at Katmai National Park. Katmai rangers started getting reports from visitors and people watching the Katmai bear cam.
"The group was contacted by park rangers and charges are pending. Details on identities will be released when charges are finalized," Sturm wrote. In Katmai, it's prohibited to be within 50 yards of a bear that is "using a concentrated food source" like the migrating salmon at Brooks Falls.

One hopes the charges stick and the penalties are severe!

Edited by AKSAR (08/11/18 02:52 AM)
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."
-Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz

#290191 - 08/11/18 03:12 AM Re: Barricades are there for a reason! [Re: dougwalkabout]
Teslinhiker Offline

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1389
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

#290192 - 08/11/18 11:49 AM Re: Barricades are there for a reason! [Re: dougwalkabout]
Montanero Offline

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1482
Loc: North Carolina
Your best survival tool is your brain, but it must be trained and used to work properly.

#290193 - 08/11/18 05:38 PM Re: Barricades are there for a reason! [Re: dougwalkabout]
hikermor Online   content
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6859
Loc: southern Cal

This article references a recent flash flood incident in southern Arizona, my old stomping grounds, referring to a 1981 tragedy (eight fatalities) which was one of my more memorable operations.

Running water and waterfalls are alluring and attractive, but can be deadly, if you don't heed M's advice....

Geezer in Chief

#290195 - 08/12/18 12:57 AM Re: Barricades are there for a reason! [Re: AKSAR]
UncleGoo Offline

Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 367
Loc: CT
IME the threat of penalties imposed by the judicial system are nowhere near as effective, as those imposed by mother nature herself.

One of the facilities where I worked experienced drownings every year--in areas clearly posted "no swimming". The facility was over-utilized and under-staffed and those signs meant nothing, if there were no staff attendant to the sign. When I thumbtacked a snapshot of myself, holding a three foot rattlesnake at a shoreline--which could have been THAT shoreline, illegal swimming dropped off to nothing.
A few years later, at another facility, I found that littering blue gloves and wadded gauze, in the access point of a "closed area", kept the area clear...

Edited by UncleGoo (08/12/18 12:57 AM)


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