Check out this article in the New York Times about the increase in deaths this year at Yosemite National Park. So far sixteen people have died in the park since January.
I am confident that this increase in injuries and deaths is in part due to visitors’ false sense of security that someone, in most cases a park ranger, will bail them out before a situation becomes too dangerous. As we can see that does not always work and people need to realize, as we used to teach in Wildland fire training, the individual is ultimately responsible for their own safety. The challenge is how to get this message to take hold in the populace that visits our parks from all over the world.