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Old 07-20-2011, 03:59 PM
 
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It's a shame.

While I would never have done something like this - mild acrophobia assures that - I have occasionally done something upon which I looked back with a realization that it was very foolish and could have turned out poorly, to put it mildly. So I'll pass on being judgmental.

Besides, they paid a price far out of proportion to a momentary lapse of reason. The curious thing is that thousands and thousands of other do the same every year, and pay no such price.

Such is chance...
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I worked there during the summer while in college and the stupidity of "tourons" never ceased to amaze us workers (and people were continually getting killed doing foolish things like this). In spite of the crowds its not Disneyland, its wilderness and dangerous. Railing and signs are there for a reason.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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The water level is real high this year due to the record snow fall in the Sierra's. Sometimes by the end of summer in dry years there is only so much as a trickle of water going over the falls and people have climbed over the barrier to stand above the falls. Still seems stupid to me. I have also seen some crazy people climbing on the outside of the cables on the way up to Half Dome. I just hope to never witness someone falling to the death in Yosemite. That image would haunt me forever.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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Yikes, my stomach gets queasy just thinking about that platform, let along climbing over the barricades!
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: California
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I was just in Yosemite last week for a few days, I just don't understand what people are thinking. it's a sad situation.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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It'd be nice if evolution would remove the feeling of invincibility in young people. When I was a young teen we lived in a small town with not much to do. There was a water tower in a patch of woods and that gave us something to do.

We climbed to the top and hung out. As a dare, we'd all walk to the edge of the tower and stand there with half of our feet hanging in mid air off the tower. One tiny mistake or gust of wind and down we'd gone onto a pile of rocks. That was just one case of "I should be dead" incident I had.

At that age, you're pretty much brain dead when it comes to understanding the consequences of your extremely stupid actions.

The kid who jumped the railing and went over the falls was older, but not yet out of the feeling invincible age.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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When I first heard this story of two guys and a girl going over the falls, I got really worried. I have three friends, two guys and a girl who are backpacking there right now and the girl is sick. Glad it wasn't them but I feel for the families who lost their loved ones.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:02 PM
 
Location: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río Porciúncula
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It'd be nice if evolution would remove the feeling of invincibility in young people.
Funny thing, that's exactly what these three people did. They evidently had excess feelings of invincibility and depleted levels of caution, so they did stupid stuff and it got them killed... Thus removing their genes from the human gene pool. This is a case of Darwinian evolution at its best! Those of us with more reasonable caution are living on, and presumably having children who are also more reasonably cautious.

Unfortunately if any of them had children then the exercise was wasted.

By the way, having some individuals who do not have reasonable caution is good for humanity. They're the explorers, the risk takers, the ones who explore the extremes and then either kill themselves taking risks and caution the rest of us to not repeat those risks, or sometimes they find new lands, new foods or new civilizations.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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Man, how about the person who jumped the railing to try and help? Terrible.
I feel sorry for him. His instinct was to help and probably reacted without thinking. I don't feel sorry for the others who chose to venture out there.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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my understanding was that 2 of the 3 hikers went over the railing to help, which means that one person's bad decision killed three people. really, really sad.
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