Winterset Resurrection, on 21 April 2017 - 04:29 AM, said:
1. There's no way you've read those books. For starters, you said they were all "bullshit." No way that somebody who thinks one book is "bullshit" is going to take it upon himself to read 4 more copies of it, especially these books. They are very methodical- almost like a research report- and are not easy reads. They are a total grind, so it's not like reading for enjoyment at all.
2. If you know anything about SARs, the majority of an SAR team consists of volunteers from the local area. No state or National park keeps enough personnel on hand to cover a large area, so volunteers are ALWAYS needed. Saying that "no other outsiders (from the immediate region) are called in for any of these" is completely inaccurate, and shows me that you're bullshitting about reading these books.
3. The books absolutely do NOT catalogue every single person that dies in each of those parks. They only catalogue the people that die under these odd criteria. For example, nobody is catalogued that has randomly died from a heart attack, getting hit by a car, driving their car off the road by accident, falling off a rock face while climbing in the park with friends, etc. None.
Again, something you would know if you read even one of these books.
I have read and own all 5 of the Death in National Parks books I have cited. I am a national park junkie (my primary hobbienis landscape and wildlife photography), and have visited well over 30 of the 50ish national parks. The books absolutely catalogue all deaths, and make that point expressly clear. The goal is to show how most people die in the park. For example, if memory serves, most people die in the Grand Canyon by way of airplane and helicopter crashes. And I didn't say that only NPS personnel only participates, although that's often the case, but that most SARs often include locals as well. There is insufficient time to get people from outside the area to participate.
I have personally called in rescues in national parks (most notably Zion), I've been followed by young wolves in Yellowstone (which the NPS had to then find and re-educatenfor all's safety), helped severely dehydrated runners in the Grand Canyon, and on and on and on. I know exactly what I'm talking about. The books by Bigfoot man are bullshit.
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