Saturday, June 6, 2009

Who Should Pay For Rescues?


Who should pay for a climber who needs to be rescued? There was a recent TV show on that subject. Here’s one quote from an affiliated article:

“Sparsely populated Grand County, Utah, which spent $5,000 to pull a jeep out of a crack in a canyon, started charging for rescues to protect its taxpayers. It has 100 rescues a year because tourists come to participate in the extreme sports.”

So why should others pay to rescue us when we voluntarily do risky activities?

You can join organizations such as the American Alpine Club or the Mazamas, and have rescue coverage. There are companies like MedJet which cover medical evacuation anywhere in the world.

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