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    I guess there will always be the division.

    The same could be said about Aron Ralston, although he didn't die. While most who read his story hail him as a "brave hero", there are the few who call him an idiot for going alone.

    Since he's still alive, I'll call him an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sombeech
    I guess there will always be the division.

    The same could be said about Aron Ralston, although he didn't die. While most who read his story hail him as a "brave hero", there are the few who call him an idiot for going alone.

    Since he's still alive, I'll call him an idiot.
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    Re: Disasters are a part of Zion National Park's history

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratagonia
    Quote Originally Posted by Iceaxe
    Disasters are a part of Zion National Park's history
    The Salt Lake Tribune

    The history of Zion National Park is replete with disasters, both natural and human-caused. Among the most notable:

    While hiking the Narrows in 1998, two people were killed in a flash flood.

    http://www.sltrib.com/outdoors/ci_12513410
    Yeah, nice mangling on the English Language. "Disaster"? Ha.

    Two lads from California hiked into the Narrows to take pictures of the Anticipated Flash Flood. Bodies found several days later. Hardly a disaster!

    Tom
    I'm guessing that if looked at in the context that it may have been or had disastrous affects for their families and friends, it might be considered a disaster? Just a thought?
    A "personal disaster", for the families, perhaps.

    Perhaps this is a disastrous thread, where feelings are hurt and the hurt expressed, disastrously.

    Here's the distinction I make: When the people who die were not responsible for the deaths (and more than a few people), then that is a disaster. 9/11, The Iraq War, Katrina, The Titanic - lots of people kilt, and the people kilt, not their fault.

    In both the above cases (hiking up the Narrows to take pictures of the flash flood; unprepared idiots heading down Kolob with boyscouts in tow, in unfavorable conditions, and getting THEMSELVES killed), those conditions are not met. Personal disasters for their families? No doubt. But HARDLY a big enough event to be labeled a "disaster" in the general sense of the word.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiktionary
    Noun
    disaster (plural disasters)
    An unexpected natural or man-made catastrophe of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life or sometimes permanent change to the natural environment.
    An unforeseen event causing great loss, upset or unpleasantness of whatever kind.
    "The downpour and gales turned the wedding into a disaster."
    Certainly, having your wedding reception inconvenienced by being rained on is a disaster for your vision of the perfect wedding, but hardly worth reporting AS A DISASTER in the Salt Lake Tribune.

    (Have I dug myself a deep enough hole, yet?)

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscGo
    I know that many of you are literally experts and you know what you are talking about, so I won't disagree with you. But I will say that I just don't see a reason to bad mouth these guys who have already been through enough. The whole park had a more somber feel and I still remember the sorrow I felt for them while being there.
    The point is, if YOU do really stupid things, at some point you will die.

    (And then I'll make fun of you on Bogley? No, that's just a side benefit).

    These guys did really stupid things, and they died. Y'alls wanna sweep it under the rug?, ignore it? fine. Call the guy a saint because he had a family and did good things in the community? I'm not disagreeing that the guys might have been wonderful people. But it did not protect them from basic physics. In Canyoneering, if you do stupid things, you will die. Might get away with it one, two, ten, a hundred times, but you're rolling the dice. And eventually, you'll get snake eyes.

    Tom

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    Y'alls wanna sweep it under the rug?, ignore it?
    No Tom, we just don't think its appropriate to make personal attacks on the dead. Apparently you have no problem with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sombeech
    So if this guy would have flipped in a different rapid and died, we all would have acknowledged that he was very inexperienced, didn't follow orders, and yadda yadda, but I don't think I would have insulted him after death.
    And, if he had gotten several other people killed?

    Killing yourself doesn't make you a dipshit, it's taking someone with you that does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedMan
    Y'alls wanna sweep it under the rug?, ignore it?
    No Tom, we just don't think its appropriate to make personal attacks on the dead. Apparently you have no problem with that.
    Correct, I don't. Because they're DEAD, and it's been more than 10 years, so in the unlikely case that members of the family are reading this, they should either A. have stopped reading quite some time ago; or B. have gotten over it to the point that this does not bother them.

    And YES, these are statements of morality, and yes, your morality may be different.

    If the soloist on the Chukwalla wall falls off, OK, that's sad, and he was an idiot for soloing above his competence. It is a tragedy for his family. If he falls off and lands on someone else and kills them too - then he's a dipshit.

    Tom (Moral clarity, but at what cost...)

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    your morality may be different.
    to say the least.
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    I too believe that I understand what Tom is trying to say, although bluntly, cold and perhaps over the top rhetorically. But sometimes facts are that way. I get angry when people put others in danger. As an example, when on the road nothing makes me more angry than when I am driving and someone does something accidently yet stupid that puts me and my family in danger of losing our lives. I saw a girl texting, eating and applying makeup all at the same time a few months ago. A tragedy if she dies. But I would be very angry if she also took some innocent person out in the process. Her actions would have been stupid, idiotic and irresponsible. She may be a fine person but that doesn't change facts. I deal with pain and hurt every day with my clients who have been hurt by nice people who make dumb mistakes. I have represented the families of victims of a wrongful (negligently caused) death. It is hard. It is ugly. And it hurts.

    Back to the subject at hand, I appreciate the blunt reminders. It makes me think twice and hopefully makes me a better canyon leader of young men. These reminders make me reevaluate my plans, take a second look at my preparations, reevaluate the risks in the canyons, etc. I personally think the Kolob thing could be called a disaster, a disaster in judgment, leadership and training. I feel for the families, I feel for the scouts, I ache for their memories, particularly for the young man who watched his dad die. Words cannot describe how I might feel or how badly I feel for this boy, now man. It is truly horrible what happened in Kolob but it doesn't change the disastrous facts. The Kolob disaster seems to be much more than the generic "human error". Am I name calling? No, but these leaders made stupid choices and got people killed. Those are facts and they may hurt to hear or say but facts are facts. OK flame away. My helmet is on. I am sure I will regret entering this spitting match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sombeech
    I guess there will always be the division.

    The same could be said about Aron Ralston, although he didn't die. While most who read his story hail him as a "brave hero", there are the few who call him an idiot for going alone.

    Since he's still alive, I'll call him an idiot.
    Ahh good man! I think perhaps you just hit the "nail on the head" with this issue. So if the "stupid actions" result in death its disrespectful to analyze said persons actions and make a judgement, but if the person survives it's then perfectly ok?

    I'm going to have to analyze this new bit of information. Doesn't make sense (to me) but I'm getting the feeling that's the heart of the matter.
    Your safety is not my responsibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Card
    I too believe that I understand what Tom is trying to say, although bluntly, cold and perhaps over the top rhetorically. But sometimes facts are that way.

    Back to the subject at hand, I appreciate the blunt reminders. It makes me think twice and hopefully makes me a better canyon leader of young men. .
    Scott, I believe that you have, very eloquently, hit a majority of the talking points that are important. I applaud Tom
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    The guy obviously made bad decisions putting others at risk.
    I wonder if there was shock/hypothermia affecting his thought process. Who would go into a raging pothole to retrieve a backpack after they had just watched a friend die from that same scenario? Not to make excuses but it seems like you would have an altered state of mind after watching someone die and then having to continue in the canyon. Sad and tragic for sure. I hope I am never in that situation.
    The man thong is wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxx
    The guy obviously made bad decisions putting others at risk.
    I wonder if there was shock/hypothermia affecting his thought process. Who would go into a raging pothole to retrieve a backpack after they had just watched a friend die from that same scenario? Not to make excuses but it seems like you would have an altered state of mind after watching someone die and then having to continue in the canyon. Sad and tragic for sure. I hope I am never in that situation.
    The big decision was, when you hike down to the canyon and you see the stream raging, do you rappel in? Like Ice, I had imagined a rappel sequence down the wall and then finding that the water was too big. Nada. You stand in the stream before the commitment point. Your first rap is next to a big, loud waterfall. That's where you make the decision. Dry, warm, fully functioning.

    Which is why the awfulness of this situation. Yes, they had hiked down to it twice before and NOT done it. The leader had been through the canyon before. So, he should have known. Everyone there would have known that going in was a very bad idea. But they went anyway.

    T

    *correction 8/26/2016 - they did not hike down to it twice before, they postponed the trip because water was too high in The Narrows for them to get the Narrows permit for their hike out. The only person who had been through the canyon before was Fleischer, and exactly once. So he was the ONLY person in a position to know what was ahead.

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    I don't disagree that they should have never been in there.
    I was pointing out that possibly he was in a state of shock when the decision to go into the water to get his backpack out after all that lead up to that point. Mabey the hypothermia/shock wasn't an issue and he was just a horrible decision maker all around?
    The man thong is wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Card
    I too believe that I understand what Tom is trying to say, although bluntly, cold and perhaps over the top rhetorically.
    This is Bogley, the one place I get to let the rapier wit rape... uh, go off and make a fool of me...

    I am provocateur...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nat
    My guess is that a big majority of us on this forum have made similar mistakes and were just lucky. If my son died in a car accident while not wearing a seat belt, and some asshat posted a message saying "what a fool!", I wouldn't have a very high opinion such a person.

    Nat
    This isn't the same level as "forgetting" to wear a seatbelt though, would you agree? This is the equivalent of your son standing on the roof of the car and falling off going 50 miles per hour. Intentionally putting oneself in a hazardous situation and knowing the danger involved.

    Your point about offending the families of the victim is well put though. I just can't fathom the "majority" of people on this forum have made similar mistakes. I've done some stuff that others would consider extremely stupid. My first post in this forum 2 years ago was of me doing some "stunt rappelling" and I was bitched out left an right about it. So I would consider myself a risk taker for sure compared to a lot of people here. But I never would look into a whirlpool and think I could swim it. If he had jumped in and the current was "deceptively strong" and overpowered him? Ok he gets a pass. I've swam in the ocean and rip currents are amazing and very sneaky. But he tossed his pack in and it sucked so hard he couldn't pull it out! I suspect even others in the group probably helped him try to pull it out. There is no way he jumped in that pool to retrieve the pack and didn't know how strong the current was.
    Your safety is not my responsibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathcricket
    But he tossed his pack in and it sucked so hard he couldn't pull it out! I suspect even others in the group probably helped him try to pull it out. There is no way he jumped in that pool to retrieve the pack and didn't know how strong the current was.
    Again amazing insight for someone who wasn

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    Again amazing insight for someone who wasn
    Your safety is not my responsibility.

  22. #59
    Quote Originally Posted by Sombeech
    I guess there will always be the division.

    The same could be said about Aron Ralston, although he didn't die. While most who read his story hail him as a "brave hero", there are the few who call him an idiot for going alone.

    Since he's still alive, I'll call him an idiot.
    Sidebar: does anyone else here refer to their Leatherman as their "Ralston Tool"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathcricket
    Shhhh... The adults are talking right now honey.

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