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Old 28 July 2013, 15:00   #1
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Almost a Darwin Award

Near miss for a Sierra Clubber. I guess the Polar Bear was not interested in a vegetarian meal.

Hiker mauled by polar bear during trip through Labrador park | CTV News

One could only imagine that pior to setting off, the Sierra Clubbers tried to "educate" the local park wardens & Inuit people that there couldn't possibly be a threat since all of the polar bears have been killed off from global warming (despite the fact that Inuit throughout the Canadian Arctic stating the polar bear populations are higher than ever).

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Old 31 July 2013, 10:58   #2
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I recall a story from 30 or 40 years ago about a Sierra Club backpacking trip on which a participant was killed.

Apparently, he decided to set up his tent under a large dead tree, despite the advice and urging from others in the group to move somewhere else (pretty well known danger about dead trees falling, shedding branches, etc.)

During the night, the tree fell, and killed the guy. His family sued the SC and the trip leaders (specifically) for not ensuring his safety, and the National Parks service for "supplying a faulty tree".

None of the cases went very far.

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