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The family of 20-year-old Micah Tice, the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School student missing on Longs Peak near Estes Park, Colorado, criticized the National Park Service during a Friday evening press conference.Benjamin Tice claims that officials with Rocky Mountain National Park, which has suspended the search for the 20-year-old man missing for two weeks in wintry weather, have not done enough to find his son. “Limited searches were conducted and directed by the National Park Service and their search and rescue from November 27 to December 3,” Benjamin Tice said. “A total of six days of boots on the ground.”
Witnesses on the trail told authorities they last saw Tice at roughly 8 a.m. Visitors to the park said the weather was terrible at the trailhead and that visibility and weather conditions continued to worsen. Those who saw Tice, told authorities that they discouraged him from continuing to the summit due to his clothing, footwear and deteriorating weather.Tice was reported to be wearing a black sweatshirt, black sweatpants, a black hat, black lightweight gloves, tennis shoes and a light blue backpack, according to the National Park Service.Over the past week, ground and aerial searchers covered about 10 square miles in search of Tice.However, very few clues have been discovered during the search, during which team members have encountered harsh winter conditions including extreme winds, low visibility, bitter wind chills, below freezing temperatures, deep snow and high avalanche danger.The park has worked closely with the Air Force Academy since the beginning of this incident, coordinating investigative and operational assistance, and incorporating cadets from the academy’s mountaineering club in search efforts.The Air Force Academy Colorado Parents’ Club has coordinated efforts from numerous organizations and individuals to donate daily meals for searchers, park officials said in the press release.Also assisting Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue team members has been Larimer County Search and Rescue, Rocky Mountain Rescue based in Boulder County, Colorado Air National Guard, Alpine Rescue Team, Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol, Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Grand County Search and Rescue, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Colorado Search and Rescue Board, Summit County Rescue Group Dog Team, Front Range Rescue Dogs.
it appears he was completely unprepared for this hike, both in equipment and knowledge.Being uninformed (and hence unprepared) is probably the number one cause of fatalities.
The following is perhaps the most tragic and egregious example of it: http://www.outdoorplaces.com/Features/story/mercykill.htm
To be fair, what could have the NPS have done for the Carlsbad case? The guys were within view of two trail markers."...two trail markers were within view of the camp, no further than eighty feet apart. Although Kodikian told authorities they climbed onto the ridge to try to find the trail or a road, park roads are clearly visible from the top of the ridges that surrounded their location."
The NPS, and others, can warn people all they can, but in the end people have to be responsible for themselves.Is it any wonder, then, that the folks at Big Bend go out of their way to protect the public by closing off parts of the park or making it difficult to access? I don't agree with it, but it is understandable.
If enough people get into trouble a culture of fearing the wild and respecting it will arise, even among casual hikers and visitors.
I'd have to agree with him that the way the NFS handles things has a way of selecting out and warning off those who ought not go onto their lands.
"But on the morning of August 8, 1999, as he (the park ranger) drove into the park's backcountry to check on a pair of overdue campers, he did not expect to find anything that dramatic.With him was John Keebler, a sixty-eight-year-old park volunteer. That morning, Keebler had been driving along a scenic route called Desert Loop Drive when he noticed a red Mazda Protege parked at a trailhead. An hour later, he mentioned seeing it to Mattson, who realized that he had seen the car himself, two days earlier. The ranger went into a drawer behind the visitor center's information desk, found a camping permit that the hikers had filled out, and discovered that they were three days overdue."
If someone expects that by filling out a permit that someone else will actively be worrying about whether they are okay, then they are involved in something way over their head. It's all about personal responsibility and proper preparation.
(*By the way, as part of our discussion the NFS LEO told my buddy and I that we would be crazy to go into an East Texas wilderness area unarmed (we had asked him what his attitude was toward concealed carry on "his" trails)).
As compared to the much "denser" NPS "presence," the almost imperceptible NFS presence does seem to have a selective impact. Going into the Arkansas Ouchitas, for example, there is no welcome mat.
The second context is the current "Nanny state thinking" that immediately blames the powers that be for everything up to and including the ferocity of hurricanes - what people say within that context is just rage against the machine, and misplaced anger based on misunderstanding of the grand scheme of things.
But there is a major difference between the NPS and NFS, in national forests people can live and work and own property. That is not allowed in national parks.The NPS has to manage people because they are allowed only to visit national parks, but the NFS does not manage people because it knows people are part of the forests. Different requirements.How different would the NFS be if no people would be allowed to live and own property in national forests?
I say the NPS should aggressively warn people but leave them to their own devices. In the end, you can't control what people do. If enough people get into trouble a culture of fearing the wild and respecting it will arise, even among casual hikers and visitors.
It might be callous, but I agree with it. In our attempt to "make " safe the world, we have allowed the stupid among us to thrive. Self driving cars that park, hot signs on our coffee..... I wish no harm to anyone but we as a society have bubble wrapped the world and removed a persons responsibility. People are free to do as they wish but should also be free to face the responsibility of their actions. Sent from my SM-N920P using Big Bend Chat mobile app
the extensive single-family housing (real residential structures) that is dedicated to permanent concession employees living full time in a national park
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