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avatar Deaths in National Parks
July 25, 2011 05:47AM
(not specifically Yosemite, so posted under General Discussion forum)

How do you explain park deaths? You can't.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/columnists/ct-talk-brotman-yosemite-0725-20110725,0,2421265.column

....The boulder I sat on to admire the view turned out to be loose. It rolled, breaking my hip and pelvis. It trapped my leg and dragged me toward the edge of the canyon a few feet away. And it would have taken me over the edge if a skinny pinyon pine at the edge hadn't stopped it....



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avatar Re: Deaths in National Parks
July 25, 2011 08:01AM
Last week, to a small group of people, I made the same observation as that seen in the fourth and third paragraphs from the end of the article. One person went completely wacko/defensive over my comment.
Re: Deaths in National Parks
July 25, 2011 09:30AM
I'm sure more people die on the streets of Chicago each day then in National Parks.
avatar Re: Deaths in National Parks
July 25, 2011 10:18AM
different environment, different risks, different learned survival skills
Re: Deaths in National Parks
July 25, 2011 10:23AM
and completely irrelevant to this topic.
avatar Re: Deaths in National Parks
July 25, 2011 10:31AM
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szalkowski
Last week, to a small group of people, I made the same observation as that seen in the fourth and third paragraphs from the end of the article. One person went completely wacko/defensive over my comment.

About what? That people who visit National Parks in large groups don't do their homework beforehand?
avatar Re: Deaths in National Parks
July 25, 2011 03:15PM
A lot of people tend to let their collective guard down while on vacation. There was a woman who lost sight of where she was while taking a photo in Yellowstone Canyon and fell off a cliff. Unfortunately these things happen.
avatar Re: Deaths in National Parks
July 25, 2011 03:46PM
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y_p_w
A lot of people tend to let their collective guard down while on vacation. There was a woman who lost sight of where she was while taking a photo in Yellowstone Canyon and fell off a cliff. Unfortunately these things happen.

I think a good number of people are just absent-minded and oblivious to their surroundings in general, vacation or no vacation. It's just that out in the wilderness this inattention to one's surrounding can be fatal, unfortunately.
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