Whether you have been on a NOLS course recently or just prefer to spend lots of time in nature, we’ve all heard the pleas for Leave No Trace ethics (LNT), especially when it comes to delicate or endangered landscapes, flora, and fauna. For two young men, either these messages were not yet familiar or had not been driven home in full when they trespassed on Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser back in September.
United States Magistrate Judge Mark Carman of the Yellowstone Justice Center recently sentenced Ryan Goetz, 25, of Woodstock, New York and Eric Schefflin, 20, of Lakewood, Colorado to a five year ban from the park, 10 days in jail, as well as a $540 fine for their previous romp through the historic and delicate ecosystem. Boardwalks are in place to protect not only the natural spaces but also the wellbeing of visitors who could be severely injured or killed by venturing too close to the steamy and explosive attractions.
The National Parks Service clearly takes these offenses seriously, as they should. Observe and enjoy from afar folks!
Little Cottonwood Canyon and Alta Ski Resort in Utah have been having quite the week. A natural avalanche inundated Alta's parking lot last week and the ski resort just surpassed 400 inches of snow this season, with eight new inches to top it off. These additional few inches kicked off a massive avalanche that came barreling over a cliffside across the street from Alta yesterday. RELATED: Natural Avalanche Sweeps Through Alta Parking Lot No one was injured in the slide, but the Utah
Unless you are one of the rare folks who learned how to ski in the backcountry, you have almost certainly encountered a rope and closed sign. Why do these things exist? Contrary to popular belief, they're not to stop you from having fun. Nor are they to save the best powder for ski patrollers. At ski resorts on the East Coast, they're mostly to keep you from thrashing your skis on runs without artificial snowmaking. Out west, they're intended to prevent you from triggering an avalanche or
A man died last week from accidental hanging after falling off a Vail Chairlift and getting caught in his ski jacket. Wikimedia photo. According to the Aspen Times, a skier fell off a Vail chairlift and died last Thursday. The death was ruled an accident and was attributed to the fact that the 46-year-old man, Jason Varnish from New Jersey, slipped through the seat of the chair, causing his ski jacket to wrap around his neck and compromise his airway. According to witnesses, the folding