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Yosemite's deadly year has some wondering why, This year, 16 people have died


(CNN) -- Near Yosemite National Park's beautiful Mist Trail, a young man lost his footing, slipping close to the edge of a waterfall. A female companion frantically grabbed for him, but stumbled.Another hiker followed and the three were swept over the powerful 317-foot Vernal Fall, joining a deadly trend at the park this year.Authorities at Yosemite National Park are still searching for two of the bodies from that deadly July accident.And others are searching for answers to explain the recent rash of deaths at the national park in California.This year, 16 people have died from incidents at Yosemite, rangers say

. That is about twice as usual.Three presumed dead after river fallRELATED TOPICSYosemite National Park[/*]California[/*][/list]While five visitors have died this year from natural causes, the others were accidental and often entirely preventable.Rangers say some visitors take part in dangerous practices such as hiking treacherous trails in flip-flops, or climbing over safety rails to get better pictures or swimming in waters that are perilously close to waterfalls.Witnesses said the three hikers who were swept over the waterfall in July had climbed over a safety rail."We don't station a ranger in every possible dangerous place that's out there," said Kari Cobb, a park ranger

. "People have to come here and realize that Yosemite is nature and it is a very wild place."Bill Ott, a hiker, says he has seen people swimming in dangerous waters."We saw a number of people wading just steps from going into the faster water. It's crazy. Just crazy," he said.Visitor Tim Timmerman says he has a plan to keep his family safe."We aren't worried because we think if you stay where you're supposed to stay, you're safe and it's exciting," Timmerman said. "It'll be a little scary for them but it's not dangerous if you do what you're supposed to do,"http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/08/17/california.yosemite.fatal.falls/index.html?hpt=hp_bn12


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  • Mother nature takes no prisoners.

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  • Because people underestimate the dangers involved. I've hiked those trails, and caution is required.
    That middle picture, for example, is Half Dome. The trail up to its top is up 4800 feet (about 1.44 km), from 4000 to 8800 feet, and the round trip is about 14 miles (about 22 km). Exhausted and dehydrated people make stupid (and sometimes fatal) mistakes.
    Why do you suppose that we choose to live in cities?

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  • You just can't fix stupid. Darwin wins.

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  • Your title/tags have me confused. So I will make the comment on why Yosemite is so bad this year. Simple, record snowfall with huge run-offs and stupid people.

    Been lot's of people killed in Idaho rivers this year as well.

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    • @dcmfox
      Yup. All of America's National Parks and Forests can be dangerous. People from the Big Cities go there to get a taste of the Wild and think they can go off the trail,hang around cliffs,swim in or near waterfalls and generally showing off for their friends. Mother Nature doesn't play that game. She plays for keeps and does not suffer fools.To be Blunt:Mother Nature looks at our bodies as simple fertilizer for her soil.Gotta respect the wilderness

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    • @Fire37Rescue

      Yes sir. Big run offs in remote places, even huge parks don't fuck around period.

      Boy Scout's of America teaches you all you need to know. To bad the inner-city and divorce rate killed that, well almost.

      I was lucky I guess, instinct. My dad was a wild hunter, fisherman in Idaho, great childhood.

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    • @Fire37Rescue
      Good place to take a mother inlaw!
      Oh now! mommy dearest got lost or something.
      :-p

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    • @williedont - Lol

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    • @williedont LOL

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  • It is clearly because of the liberals taking control in Washington. Every bear knows that!

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  • More liberals comming out of mommys basement.

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  • I went there in the 1980's.... some car had been pancaked by a slab of granite... was still awesome...

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