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It's always a tragedy when lives are lost, and even more so with the impact on the families and friends. We enter into these adventures to see these amazing locations, and we know there are risks. I have been going to the Wave for almost a decade now; got lost the first time, as I had only a hand-made sketch of the location on a napkin. I think the "government" (by which I mean the very capable and knowledgeable people at the Paria station) does a fine job of explaining the difficulties, the risks and the precautions that are called for. They have improved the maps as technology has improved. The waypoints are are available by GPS. I DON'T trust the cairns at all -- in fact, that's how I first got lost. Nor do I think they are needed. You can easily be lost in the woods, even on well-estiablished trails such as those in the Northeast; it doesn't take much (weather, blowdown, changes in lighting, etc) to throw you off. The truth is, if you don't have basic route finding skill or knowledge; haven't read the maps; studied the area -- if you go it alone, you are at risk. Any other mistake aggravates it.
To me it seems frightful to think that government's response should be to enact more regulations, more intrusions, or impose more limitations on this beautiful, wild area that is beautiful mostly for that exact reason.
My favorite feature of the west, is that it is, in a sense the "wild west" and there is a culture of individuality and individual responsibility. Here in the Northeast, we have fences and safety nets over bridges where the risks are obvious, and governments and owners now get sued for not installing same. (Too many lawyers -- and that comes from one of them). I, for one, don't need Big Brother to intercede in nature. It never really helps. We all wind up with the lowest common denominator.