A group of younger individuals jumped the guardrails at Grand Canyon.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – The ‘rules for thee, not for me’ mentality might be one of the biggest plagues in the outdoor industry. The idea of anyone believing they’re above the rules just leads to everyone believing their above the rules. We see it with dog poop bags on hiking trails, and people getting into dangerous situations in National Parks.

This pack of self-centered children (I don’t know old they are, but they sure seem like children) decided that the guardrails at the Grand Canyon don’t apply to them. They’re also singing, playing some incredibly annoying ukulele, and just generally being incredibly obnoxious. It’s like they think they’re the only people in the world.

On a visit to Mather Point, on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, I watched a group of young people climb over the guardrail, and then jump across a chasm to a towering stone formation. One of them played the ukulele while his friends dangled their legs and even spat over the edge. The depth of the Grand Canyon at that location is 5,000′. There was a large group of people watching it, but unfortunately, there wasn’t a ranger nearby to intervene.

The Grand Canyon can be a deadly place. 12 people die on average per year, and while all of those deaths aren’t necessarily from falling, many of them are. Those guardrails are there for a reason, and jumping them is dangerous and flat out stupid. Heavy shame on this group.

Also, don’t bring your ukulele to a crowded National Park destination. And stop singing. Your campsite? Maybe. But a crowded sightseeing location? Get out of here with that weirdo middle school behavior. No one wants to hear that.

A group of younger individuals jumped the guardrails at Grand Canyon.

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