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51225RE: Base Jumping Fatality in Zion (Mt. Kinesava)

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  • cgptsnaz
    Feb 13, 2014
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      Kind of hard to cite someone for base jumping when they didn't survive the jump? Base jumpers will always try to base jump no matter the risks or fines. I speak from experience when I was cited 3 times in 10 years (after backpacking permits  were first introduced with a price tag) for hiking with out a permit and those 3 times were not the only times I hiked without one. I actually hiked about 50 times without permits in parks where they were supposed to be used.
      Reason you may ask? Because I did not figure my budget for an extra $160 a month just for the cost of a permit, when I was backpacking 90-180 days a year between Labor Day and Memorial Day every year since 1980. I only budgeted to food and minor gear repairs or about $1800 for 9 months. Would have cost me an extra $1440. Being I only worked 3 months a year on average I could/would not save enough to hike in national parks, plus pay rent while working.
      Don't mean to get off the subject but just explaining my reasoning. In late April I am leaving my job to go backpacking and bicycle touring for 13 months and not working again until June 2015. I have worked since mid April 2013 and by this April will have saved enough to live on for that year and a month.
      No national parks this time, only wilderness areas where no permits are required. Just food/gear repair expenses at about $300 a month.
      In the last 37 years since June 1977 I have only worked about 14 years all together at various jobs an average of 4.5 months a year.
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