NATURE IS DANGEROUS. Bite your face, crush you with falling rocks, lull you into a peaceful hypothermic demise kind of dangerous. In fact, many things in nature are so dangerous that entire religions were once formed around appeasing nature’s angry gods. We as a species used to have a healthy respect for nature and the general understanding that practically anything in it could kill us at any time. It was understood: nature is a BAMF.

So explain to me why a traveler would brush past multiple warning signs and dip even a toe into a boiling acidic pool? Last year a guy from Oregon ventured off the trail for a therapeutic ...

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