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  •  Head injuries? (5+ / 0-)

    A crumbling thousand foot cliff probably sheds a lot of loose stones.

    We were having that discussion one day when a pebble the size of fat grape came whizzing down at bounced off someone's climbing helmet with a bang.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:02:30 PM PDT

    •  another reason why. . . (5+ / 0-)

      never to toss stones, however small, over the edge of a rim or switchbacks. The helmet just might have saved that person's life. Good point, bernardpilers. Glad you thought of it. And it's good some of you always seem to have my back in one way or the other, given what I post in these diaries. But how about this for a stunt: a family of tourists were near the Hermit Trail and two of the kids, while the parents either chatted or smoked pot, managed to loosen a rather sizable boulder and let 'er rip. It set off a small rock slide and narrowly missed another tourist gathering coming up trail. Confronted by the parkys (the LE rangers), the parents pleased their kids were just doing what kids sometimes do: messing about. Excellent excuse, of course, and it only cost them 5K I think the fine was, plus 250.00 for the weed (so, yes, they were really doing that, too). Man, there are some very oddball stories like this spewing from the South Rim. Oh, I could write a book. Well, part of one.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:19:01 PM PDT

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      •  And Dangerous Spots At The Bottom (3+ / 0-)
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        A crumbling 600' cliff had a narrow gully going up 300' and a small pile of gravel at the bottom, which my kid wandered over to check out.  I immediately yelled at them to get away.  When they asked why I said "Because those rocks come down that gully like bullets, and that's where they land."

        Last time we we were there, the spot we camped had been buried by a field of gravel 2' deep that had washed off that cliff in flash flood.  

        There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

        by bernardpliers on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:43:45 PM PDT

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        •  as the saying goes. . . (2+ / 0-)
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          you've been there and done (experienced) that. People need to keep in mind erosion is always at work in all ways in all places. Ergo, let's not help the process along, shall we? Especially where others may get injured or killed. One foreign rock thrower on the rim, who was apprehended by the parkys, said he was only trying to see how far the dang rock would go BEFORE starting the Newtonian descent. He got off easy: 350 bucks (he happened to be tossing the rock above the So. Kaibab trail. Geesh. When the Creator handed out brains, this guy must have thought 'trains' and asked for two sets.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:16:51 PM PDT

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