Skiers who frequent logging areas are Darwin Award candidates
December 28, 2007
Don’t be an idiot.
We shouldn’t even have to be saying this, but apparently people are putting themselves and others in danger because they can’t be more creative about their trail choices.
The Flume Trail is closed because of logging in that area. The closure has been published several times in this newspaper, posters are hanging in outdoor stores and the closure is clearly marked.
No one can plead ignorance on this one.
You physically have to duck under the closure tape to get on the trail.
Yet, last week, skiers were not only using the trail, but there have been several close calls between skiers and logging equipment.
From high in the cabin of their logging vehicles, operators cannot see you.
Last week, when a skier went under a bunch of logs being loaded into a truck, he wasn’t spotted until he emerged from underneath the logs. Needless to say, seeing the skier terrified the loggers because they knew the danger of the situation.
No one could identify the skier. All we know is there is no logical explanation for that behavior, and that person was setting himself up to be a recipient of the annual Darwin Awards.
By skiing a trail closed for logging, you are not only putting yourself in danger but also putting the lives of the loggers at risk ” as they may need to take drastic measures to avoid you.
Logging will continue for several months in the Upper Fraser area, and many popular trails will be closed.
Surely, skiers are not such creatures of habit that they can’t steer themselves in another direction for a month or two.
It’s time that those skiers who are crossing the closure line see the difference between an adventure and a stupid risk.
The Sulphur Ranger District is working to avoid total closure of the entire area by logging in sections.
Many trails in the Upper Fraser and Fraser Experimental Forest area are still open.
Deadhorse Loop in the Fraser Experimental Forest is still open, and St. Louis Creek Road is also still open to skiing.
According to the Sulphur Ranger District, if the closures are not respected, the District will take further measures to ensure the safety of loggers working in the area.
While the logging may cause short-term inconvenience, it is being done to protect us from the long-term inconvenience caused by wildfire.
Enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer, but do so with respect and with a head on your shoulders.
For up-to-date information about trail closures and alternate routes, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/conditions/srdbarkbeetle/index.shtml or call the Sulphur Ranger District at (970) 887-4100.