A California man was sentenced to four days in jail, a $1,040 fine, one year of probation, and a one-year ban from Yellowstone after he was recorded jauntily walking across the off-limits outflow stream of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Home to an extremely fragile ecosystem that can be irreparably harmed by as little as footprints, the thermal areas are also extraordinarily dangerous. Walking off the boardwalk entails stepping on a thin crust of mineral deposits that lay on top of boiling, acidic water. Park wardens do not hesitate to point out that such an act can easily result in critical injuries or death.
When questioned by prosecutors, the man initially explained that he was late to pick up a friend at the airport, and decided to take a shortcut. Given that he was picked up by wardens while at Old Faithful, the judge pointed out that were he truly in a rush to pick up a friend, he would not have stopped to check out another landmark in the park. Prosecutors also noted that park visitors overheard Jason Nguyen asking a friend if he “got the shot”, likely referring to a picture of him walking across the protected areas. After video of the man walking across the marshes went viral, the judge felt it was important to send a message that this behavior would not be tolerated. The National Parks are a privilege unique to the United States, but too often they are neglected by selfish or ignorant visitors. Be respectful to the fragile wonder that is Yellowstone and be sure to stick to the boardwalk.
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Whistler's Horstman T-Bar, which over the course of its 33-year lifespan provided access to some of North America's finest summertime skiing, has been removed. Since its installation in 1987, the rope tow hauled everyone from professional racers and freestylers to amateur shredders up the Horstman Glacier, but those days are over. RELATED: Playgrounds in Peril: Horstman Glacier The glacier's rapid shrinkage has been an issue for years, causing the cancellation and closure of terrain parks and
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