Originally Posted by CBrown
Be careful what you ask for. Do you really want to start paying higher fees to pay some ranger to rummage through your shit at the put in. It wont stop the inexperienced from putting on or getting hammered along the way.
I could maybe see some danger signage like "this many people have drowned on this run, know your skill level" or something like that.
I think some kind of sign like that would be nice to see. I think people think of a run like PH as being rather benign & underestimate what will happen if they end up in the water.
As for enforcement, I can't imagine we'll see it. My opinion is that outfitters renting should have some responsibility (mind you, not LIABILITY) to simply inform people that they need more than just a duckie to get down the river safely. The two guys in the article I posted are prime examples, with proper gear it would have likely been a non issue, but in shorts & a t shirt... you're in trouble FAST when you get dunked.
It's not that much more is needed materially, but people need to be educated somehow.