This is sad. I don't think a lot of these people know what they are getting into, hiking off a river trip in June. Why do the commercial outfitters offer this to people from Ohio who are not familiar with Canyon hiking? It seems a bad policy to me. It's one thing for us private boaters to do it, we may (or may not) know what we are getting into. But for commercial outfitters to offer that in summer seems a bit irresponsible to me.
Edit: Misleading news reporting, once again. It states he was hiking out after "completing" a river trip. That misleads the public into the belief that in order to "complete" a river trip you have to hike out in midsummer. This is so not true! He wanted the hike-out option for some reason. Otherwise he would have floated all the way down to Whitmore wash, where they fly people out in helicopters, for most of those trips. He probably did not have time to do that.
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