It's about time the BLM acted in a responsible manner here, otherwise
we'll continue to be littered with deaths and destruction. Had Goblin
Valley been in BLM control all the hoodoos would have been toppled by now.
Only 2, they drag a couple kids a year off Bridal Veil and Y mountain.Can't force a helmet on everyone walking around.@linus
Risking others lives with dangerous behavior is different than doing exciting
things in an controlled environment. I can only hope I die doing something
I love, instead of heart disease while yelling at kids to stay off my lawn with
hose in hand.
No! DN Subscriber said I can do anything I want on public lands! Rope swing?
Sure! Homemade explosives testing? Sure! Disco party through the campground
at 2AM? Absolutely?Heaven forbid the Bureau of Land Management
actually do its job...Oh, well, privatization will fix everything.
I think that the Arch should be off limits to ropes but it has nothing to do
with safety.No one can deny that every time a rope is set up on
Corona Arch it does visible damage, not a lot per repel, but it's adding up
and the rope scars are clearly visible from the base of the Arch. If you
don't believe me go to the arch and look up, you will see multiple gouges
about a half an inch wide, up to and inch deep and about 5 feet in length. The
rope scars are created when the rope is pulled through after the repel. Corona Arch is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I think
it's worth protecting. There are literally hundreds of other places in Moab
where climbers can set up just as spectacular rope swings.
I get a little bit tired of reading obituaries declaring that some young person
died doing what he/she loved doing. I remember a time when I loved driving fast
cars way over a hundred miles per hour. Now how smart was that? Had I killed
myself (and maybe others), I doubt my parents would have defended my adventure
or announced with satisfaction that I had died doing what I loved doing.I think it may be time to bring some sanity back to recreation. Thrill
seeking for the adrenalin rush is not recreation. It is a dangerous addiction.
The BLM is conducting a study and seeking public input on how to manage the
arch. Obviously some want to allow people to use if for swinging and repelling
and others prefer that it not be used in that way. Since the arch is on public
land it makes sense for the BLM to seek input before deciding how it will be
used. This is how sensible people resolve conflicting interests.
Remember all the talk about how "public lands belong to all of us" and
they are "a place to go for recreation?"Well, Big
Brother's Bureau of Land Management wants you to know that (a) they are in
charge, not you yahoos who live in the sticks instead of Washington, DC with the
rest of the really smart people. And, (b) that you are too stupid to understand
what receration is good for you, so Big Brother will define it for you. For
your own good, mind you.Remember, the professional
"wilderness" advocates insist that other people not be allowed to do
what they want to in the great outdoors, but only the politically approved
hiking activities where you go worship Mother Gaia in an approved manner.Short version: Washington objects to all the liberty and freedom taking
place among the serfs.