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32287Re: [John Muir Trail] Ways to die on the trail -- makes me ask, anyone ever get hurt by any of these?

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  • Joseph Lindhardt
    Jun 28, 2013
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      That Cassowary looks like a modern day dinosaur... probably is.
      From: ravi_jmt2013 <ravi@...>
      To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 3:17 PM
      Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] Ways to die on the trail -- makes me ask, anyone ever get hurt by any of these?
       
      I'd say that black bear encounters are preferable to a run in with a deadly Cassowary ...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XttrZAXzcg

      --- In mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com, "sanfran_rwood" <MrRedwood@...> wrote:
      >
      > --- In mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com, Kim Fishburn <animalfarm99@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I don't see Stupidity on the list.
      > >
      > > On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM, Roleigh Martin <roleigh@> wrote:
      > > > http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/nature/The-10-Worst-Ways-to-Die-in-the-Wild.html
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      > Well, stupidity isn't going to be the proximate cause, although it will almost always be a "but-for" cause-in-fact.
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      >
      > Frankly, I'm getting really tired of this kind of "if it bleeds, it leads" story, and the whole "Bear" Grylls phenomena. Honestly, if someone runs into one of these problems, either they've been so stupid they completely deserve their personal Darwin Award (as Kim noted), or they've been so phenomenally, staggerlingly unlucky that their heirs should get a great movie deal. (Has anyone actually ever been killed by a beaver???) I figure someone like Aron Ralston deserves his kudos because he had the gruesome fortitude to do what it took to compensate for his near-fatal stupidity.
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      > In the past few years, though, I've skipped half of the stuff in my Backpacker Magazine subscription because they keep returning to the theme of "How to Survive X!" and "Most Dangerous Trails!" I don't mind the fact that this might help keep dumb people off the trail, but it also gives others the wrong impression who might otherwise be welcome participants.
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      > Just another way that "infotainment" works against actual knowledge and understanding.
      >
      > Okay, rant over.
      > --
      > Richard
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