Considering how dangerous slot canyons can be whenever there is rain anywhere
upstream, these Scouts and their leader are fortunate that this story did not
end in a tragedy. The sponsoring organization and Scout adult leadership at the
Troop and Council level who approved this travel permit should carefully review
their trip approval evaluation criteria.
“It’s for more experienced canyoneers,” Webster said.
“It’s not necessarily a beginner’s canyon.”Yet here were the scouts and their leaders. Fools go where angels fear to
Scouting can be boring these days. So this adds some excitement.
The slot canyon paradox: "One navigates through a slot canyon using their
best judgment. But if one had good judgment, then they would have stayed
home."Perhaps the Salt Lake City council should get some slot
canyon experts together and have them go over which slot canyons are navigable
based on the size of the group and experience level and come up with some hard
rules, etc.It may provide some guidance.Better yet, go
hiking in the Wasatch.
Who's paying for the "helicopter evacuation"? Is Wayne Co. eating
What a wonderful experience for these boys! They will remember this trip the
rest of their lives. It is unfortunate that the expense of the helicopter is
involved, but I am glad that these leaders are volunteering their time to
provide opportunities for these boys to develop.
Even with the best of intentions and preparations, sometimes things go wrong.
Though it’s been a while since I have been a Boy Scout, I remember coming
home bruised and bloodied from more than one camping trip. Both I and my
compatriots survived. Years later, my dad told me he thought I might never live
to be an adult. We had LOTS of fun. This group probably could have
gotten though their ordeal without the extra help but resources are available
today that were not when I was a kid. It would be silly not to take advantage of
them. I’m sure that valuable lessons were learned, new strategies were
devised and greater bonds were cemented. Thank goodness there are scout leaders
willing to take their charges on adventures beyond just a “safe”
stroll in their own back yard.