Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Just when I thought we had moved on from the tragic death of 3 people off Vernal Fall, the ABC radio affiliate in San Francisco had it as their newstalk topic today on the Gil Gross show. KGO am 810 is one of the highest rated stations in the US of A. The theme of today’s discussion was an impression that many people are voicing unsympathetic comments out in public – on blogs. You know – calling them “idiots, Darwin award candidates, morons,” etc without being sensitive to the families. OK, I know the site – SFGate.com. Take a look. People can comment on it anonymously and thus are free to hurl profanities and act like a 5th grade bully under the curtain of anonymity. But on this MrHalfDomeblog, we had close to 1800 visitors that day and I moderate them all. I did not have to censor anyone. Why? Well, you must be a better breed of person, plus I know who you are – at least your email address. I spend the time to read them before posting.
I did get on the radio show after waiting almost an hour. My point was, yes, we need to be kind to the families and not get crude. But when 10 adults climg over a – foot high over a rail that has up to 6 horizontal bars and chicken wire to keep people out of Class V rapids just yards from a 300 foot waterfall – well, somebody is not thinking.
And what about the Rescue teams? Over 20 people put their fannies at risk to poke around the base of the fall and downstream. It is still all white water. If these people are adults – and I define that as old enough to be trusted to given given a rifle and sent to the Middle East, then they are old enough to know not to climb into harm’s way. Assess the risk then deal with it….but we we
can’t legislate stupidity.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I love the colorful clothes she wears and the way the sunlight plays upon her hair. I hear the sound of a gentle word on the wind that lifts her perfume through the air. I’m pickin’ up good vibrations.” – The Beach Boys
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