Originally Posted by stuntsheriff
cool. another mb posse forming. i'm in.
Yeah, that was my thought at first, and I was about to say let's give them the benefit of the doubt - like I said, I've seen some pretty bad messes cleaned up so you never knew they happened. It's all too easy to condemn folks on the internet and I've seen enough of that kind of thing.
Then I double checked the regs - yep, fire blankets are a must-have these days, doublechecked the mess underneath, and surrounding, their firepan on the beach and the big half-charred logs. And considered the level of care the guy's showing hopping up into (and out of) their double firepan setup with his morning coffee in one hand.
Typically my thought would be no harm, no foul, and that the real question is what the campsite looked like by the time they got on the river. On most trips I'm on, there will be cans strewn around the living room until we start packing up the chairs, and maybe some flecks of charcoal around the firepan, but by the time we push off, there's not a cigarette butt or gum wrapper on the ground. Hopefully this group showed that level of care at every camp. However, considering the strong possibility this group was doing what's shown above on a regular basis all the way down the Canyon it'd be no miscarriage of justice for the NPS to know who they are and hand out the penalty they deserve.