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    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/sc...h/22parks.html

    And last fall, a group of hikers in the canyon called in rescue helicopters three times by pressing the emergency button on their satellite location device. When rangers arrived the second time, the hikers explained that their water supply ?tasted salty.?

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    thats a good story and how funny and dumb people are
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    Send them a bill is my view.
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    I hope they were billed accordingly.

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    Some people?
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    We drove 3 young "ladies" down off Mt Washington the other day. They had hiked up. No water - no food - no extra clothes - no rain gear - no money. No clue. They were supposed to meet a parent back at PNVC at 4pm. They were smart enough to know they could not make it down. I know - there is no bumming a ride on the Auto Road. But, these 3 were toast and they needed to get off the mountain.

    They had no idea what they were getting into when they started up the trail. There needs to be a toll gate at the bottom of the trail. Answer a set of questions right and the gate opens. Have no idea what you are doing and the sign says to go home. :-)
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    The stories like this never cease to amaze me. Not only can people be so dumb, but so arrogant in thinking that rescue services are there to provide whatever they need for any reason. I agree - bill them!! Brad - what you did for those 3 young ladies was very nice. They would most likely have been fine (although pretty unhappy and with very upset parents) but they presumably learned a lesson. Sure would be nice if the kind of "gate" you suggested was actually possible. I don't advocate anything like that for real (permits, tests, etc) as it just wouldn't be practical - however some sort of education program wouldn't hurt. Very fine line here...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad View Post
    There needs to be a toll gate at the bottom of the trail. Answer a set of questions right and the gate opens. Have no idea what you are doing and the sign says to go home. :-)
    Sort of like this?

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    My post was certainly tongue in cheek - but it would sure help. I agree we do not want more regulations. But a selfserve sanity meter would be nice.

    Mark, I am not sure these 3 would have gotten down without someone having to help on a trail which would have been a lot worse. I do hope they learned something and warn everyone back home in NYC

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    Brad, that was a very nice thing you did for them. Did they say if they came up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail? If they did, it's clearly posted a few times I believe what dangers may lie ahead. Although, I know that many people do not read signs these days, whether on the trail or on the road. I'm sure they were very grateful for your help.
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