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National Park Service Says Tech Enabling Stupidity

theodp (442580) writes | more than 4 years ago

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theodp (442580) writes "The National Park Service is finding technology to be a double-edged sword. While new technologies can and do save lives, the NPS is also finding that unseasoned hikers and campers are now boldly going where they never would have gone before, counting on cellphones, GPS, and SPOT devices to bail them out if they get into trouble. Last fall, a group of hikers in the Grand Canyon called in rescue helicopters three times by pressing the emergency button on their satellite location device. When rangers arrived the second time, the hikers complained that their water supply tasted salty. 'Because of having that electronic device, people have an expectation that they can do something stupid and be rescued,' said a spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park. 'Every once in a while we get a call from someone who has gone to the top of a peak, the weather has turned and they are confused about how to get down and they want someone to personally escort them. The answer is that you are up there for the night.'"

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Simple answer - put a price on rescues (1)

PB8 (84009) | more than 4 years ago | (#33334418)

When you enter the park, you surrender your bankcard and title to your car but can have these back when leaving.

Your cell phone must be turned on in GPS mode.
Then, if you don't get signal and have dropped off the grid, that will be a minimum $500 charge, plus search fees.

A two man helicopter search rescue should be something like $2500 an hour.
Personal guide perhaps around $100 per hour. Plus any airlift or ground transport fees.
For a group of 4, this might still seem quite reasonable. Might have to price it higher.

Having your busted lost ass hauled out by a pair of on-foot rescuers $1500.

Avoiding being televised live and having your 'Stupid' and 'I am with Stupid' pictures being taken and publicized on the Grand Canyon's "Eternal Wall of Stupid" $5,000...each.

All proceeds to go to improving the national parks, advanced training for search & rescue teams, EMT teams, etc.

Repeat 'Suptid' winners get billed at double the rates they last incurred.

The fines can be worked off by picking up the garbage tourists leave behind.

Re:Simple answer - put a price on rescues (1)

peterxyz (315132) | more than 4 years ago | (#33336328)

coming out of it alive ... priceless

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