/ "The Asgard Apology"
The apology itself in Climb is a bit lame, it doesn't even say who is apologizing, only mentioning the "the Asgard Project". Perhaps other people involved in the trip are also taking 'corporate responsibility' for the events, rather than just letting the three jumpers take the rap alone? Unsurprisingly perhaps, none of the companies who sponsored the trip put their name to the apology! The text does though say that the expedition knew it was illegal to base jump but did it anyway.
A couple of people seem to have tweeted about it, but I couldn't find any mention of it on British outdoor websites and the like. It's a bit odd that one of the UK's leading adventure climbers and star of a number of widely applauded climbing films having an arrest warrant out for him for doing something illegal as part of a climbing expedition didn't make the news?! It's not like they were selling guns to child soldiers or something but, nevertheless, knowingly breaking the laws of a national park doesn't seem a brilliant idea in terms of maintaining access for other climbers still to visit.
In my sometimes cynical view of the world, I've always assumed it was because there wasn't any.
I also saw this. A half hearted attempt to say sorry which will no doubt be dumbed down and not receive the sort of "UKC" reaction something like this would normally get if one of the forum punters did it.
It's of course all about money. It wouldn't be spectacular getting to the top and then abbing off so instead, break the rules to satisfy your own agenda and ego.
Why on earth would someone who is clearly a nice all round chap go and do something illegal like this threatening access for other people? Stupidity at the highest professional level.
> Why on earth would someone who is clearly a nice all round chap go and do something illegal like this threatening access for other people? Stupidity at the highest professional level.
Maybe they thought no-one would find out...
Why is it illegal in this national park?
> Maybe they thought no-one would find out...
It wouldn't have been much use to the sponsors then, would it? :-)
I fail to see how base jumping can be worse than pushing 400kgs of equipment out of a plane and seeing it plummet to the ground with nalfunctioning parachutes
...if you are only there because it is a Berghaus and Nokia film that you going to show world wide and enter at Banff (and somewhat ironically win with)...You know you will be caught...
A thousand dollars is an easy take ...I am surprised if that is the only repercushion...have they also been declared persona non grata in Canada?
I'm guessing your comment is really does parochial outdoor climbing journalism know which side its bread is buttered? Advertising revenues. I don't think there is anything special about this story being under reported ...I cant think of any probing thesis based editorial in the climbing press they are magazines not newspapers.
I suspect it was kept quiet. This is the first I have heard about it.
There's some people who claim that sailing singlehanded, such as in the current Vendee round the world race, is technically illegal as it transgresses the requirements to keep a proper lookout. But we still give knighthoods to those who do it and live.
Perhaps somethings are worth doing despite being made illegal by those who think otherwise.
'KTM's French motocross teams fantastic film of riding the spine of upland England along the Pennine way national footpath' Would that resonate at the same frequency?
>break the rules to satisfy your own agenda and ego.
Why on earth would someone who is clearly a nice all round chap go and do something illegal like this threatening access for other people? Stupidity at the highest professional level.
Because the law banning it is a priori immmoral and deserves to be flaunted?
"No you can't have basic entirely non-destructive access to enjoy land that should be free to be used, because we said so and that makes you naughty".
Talk about catholic shame.
> Because the law banning it is a priori immmoral and deserves to be flaunted?
Great attitude you have there. Bugger everyone else and do what you want?
It's the climbers way, but you missed the bit about coming back later and moaning about how nobody likes you.
Would we even have national parks in this country if we all shared your attitude? Doesn't sound like you'd have been a fan of the Kinder trespass.
People para-gliding off Stanage doesn't seem to cause much of a problem.
Does anyone know the reason for the ban?
> People para-gliding off Stanage doesn't seem to cause much of a problem.
I was surprised when I first saw them years ago as Stanage was previously always the subject of a ban, from NPA, I think.
> Great attitude you have there. Bugger everyone else and do what you want?
"It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen." ...i'd put this in the category of illegal but not wrong. If you could explain how base jumping affects anyone but the base jumper? I'm sure in the long run the granite always wins.
I don't have a problem with this. I would prefer to see the headline if any of:
"super rad everyman dude Leo holding gives finger to bureaucracy. Earth is still spinning, life is for living and you will never be as cool as Leo Holding. Ever."
p.s If a picture is need for the headline I would suggest photoshopping a picture of holding high fiving Thoreau
This may give you a clue why some land management agencies ban BASE
Pair sentenced for jump at Grand Canyon
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Two California men were federally sentenced to pay fines and satisfy other requirements in connection with a parachute jumping incident at Grand Canyon National Park.
According to information from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix, Christopher C. McNamara, 30, of Marin County, Calif., pleaded guilty to illegally jumping in the Canyon while on a November 2007 river trip. The practice is known as BASE jumping, which stands for jumping from fixed objects such as buildings, antennas, spans or earth with a parachute.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark E. Aspey ordered McNamara to pay a $5,000 fine to be dedicated to protection resource monitoring in the Canyon. McNamara must also serve one year of probation and may only enter Yosemite National Park because of the civic work he does there.
Jonathon Rich, 33, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of his commercial filming river permit because he failed to report McNamara's BASE jump.
He must pay $1,000 in fines to be used for the Canyon's resource protection program. If he uses his work to promote Leave No Trace education and denounce illegal BASE jumping, the charge against him will be dropped.
Rich and McNamara had been on a river rafting trip to film a documentary about river rafting and rock climbing. Rich did not film the BASE jump.
In a prepared statement, Park Superintendent Steve Martin said, "BASE jumping is inherently dangerous; but that's only part of why it's prohibited in the park. BASE jumping here, where the terrain is so intensely rugged and the nearest help can be hours away, increases the inherent risks exponentially, and it puts park rescue personnel resources at risk."
Incidentally, we seem to be assuming they did know they were breaking the law as the OP refers to them 'knowingly' breaking the law but I can't find a specific reference to it elswehere and haven't seen the text of the apology. In any event, you would have thought they should have sought some clearamce from the NP authorities for this sort of stunt.
I know that sounds a bit harsh but I did find that particular film to represent something which I found at odds with my own feelings about why and how we seek adventure in the outdoors.
> Would we even have national parks in this country if we all shared your attitude? Doesn't sound like you'd have been a fan of the Kinder trespass.
What attitude exactly? Someone does something illegal that could have wider implications for the climbing community and you think that is ok?
you are correct, I as well as others are assuming that they knew what they were doing and if they didn't, then maybe they should have done some better expedition planning.
Best I could do at short notice: https://twitter.com/TobyinHelsinki/status/273018589156618240/photo/1
The same things are true for climbing also but they don't ban that (or do they?).
Did they have a load of base jumping accidents or something?
That is a good argument: if you ban BASE why not soloing!!!!!!
They say they knew base jumping was banned so just didn't tell Parks Canada that they were going to do that, despite getting necessary permits for all the other stuff they were doing. That does seem, at best, a really bad decision and at worst a pretty low thing to do, considering there was a film crew involved so it was hardly going to be kept secret. If they had kept it secret then it's one of those "if a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound?" sort of things. But put it in movie and tour it round the mountain film circuit? You have to know that at the very least you are risking access to all sorts of adventurers coming after you.
> Incidentally, we seem to be assuming they did know they were breaking the law as the OP refers to them 'knowingly' breaking the law but I can't find a specific reference to it elswehere and haven't seen the text of the apology. In any event, you would have thought they should have sought some clearamce from the NP authorities for this sort of stunt.
Perhaps it's possible that they could have sought commercial clearance but that might have been at such a cost that it would make filming impossible. OK for a hollywood blockbuster but not independents.
Unfortunately they probably would have known about the ban because even flying light aircraft is restricted and the pilot of the plane they jumped from would have known of airspace restrictions.
There's another story in the links Toby provided about 2 aussies getting done for paragliding off Mount Thor. (Mount Asgard was first BASEd in 1977 for The Spy Who Loved Me! it says).
The restrictions on Paragliding and Hang gliding look like they are due to be lifted soon, so perhaps the HPAC would take a dim view of any activity that would jeopardise that. BASE would still be illegal. The requirement is for HPAC members only and therefore covered by insurance, so the cost of recovering bodies is met.
If the law is a bit meh, then the punishment for breaking it might be a bit similar to a parking fine, although with BASE the accident rate is high and I'm not sure your accident insurance would cover the cost of recovery so the potential cost liability for the state is increased.
If anyone has time to get on google, it would be interesting to know why the Inuit don't want people BASE jumping. I guess it could be utterly practical like they know they're the only people around who could help out in the case of an accident, or maybe it has some link to their spiritual or traditional beliefs.
You're right in what yoi say and maybe I did go "off the deep end" with a small rant but my opinion is still the same.
If they knew about it then that is was a bad decision and doesn't say much about integrity in my eyes and if that is the case then surely Berghaus must also have known?
> That is a good argument: if you ban BASE why not soloing!!!!!!
Yes, let's persuade them to ban everything.
Like Winston said, Do It To Her.
Thanks - pretty clear there.
I'm slightly confused by the Leave No Trace reference. Is this really about excluding access to sensitive wilderness areas - in which case why not just do that?
On the other hand, if the issue really is the difficulty of rescue in remote areas, then that's a bit worrying isn't it? Are Canadians only allowed to do dangerous things in convenient roadside locations?
Same with the NP.. we did an advert with Audi and used a car park for 2 minutes, free advertising for the park.. still wanted £200 or so just to turn on a camera.. so we did most of our filming outside the park...
You saw that Mick's article is about an incident in the US 5 years ago don't you? I've no idea if the Canadian law on Baffin has any similarities.
Sorry, confusing to quote that, but the same issue is mentioned in the Asgard apology.
It's always a worry when authorities start hinting that we shouldn't go to certain places or take part in certain activities because it's inherently dangerous and we are selfishly forcing others to risk their safety to rescue us. It's a worry because, seen from an increasingly common paternalistic (or economic) risk-averse attitude, it seems a reasonable point of view.
I agree. The film maker occasionally contributes to these forums, it would be interesting to hear his views about the fines and whether all the right people knew about the ban...
> BASE jumping here, where the terrain is so intensely rugged and the nearest help can be hours away, increases the inherent risks exponentially
The park manager has now been sentenced to a $2,000 fine by the National Science Council. The sentence will be dropped provided he undertakes 200 hours of training in high school maths and publishes an article on the park website explaining why this is linear rather than exponential growth.
> Pair sentenced for jump at Grand Canyon
> Thursday, July 16, 2009
Blah, blah, the only clue is here:
> ... the terrain is so intensely rugged and the nearest help can be hours away, increases the inherent risks exponentially, and it puts park rescue personnel resources at risk."
Which is true of all adventure sports and activities, by definition. No risk, no adventure.
> He must pay $1,000 in fines to be used for the Canyon's resource protection program. If he uses his work to promote Leave No Trace education and denounce illegal BASE jumping, the charge against him will be dropped.
this does sound a bit like "denounce your beliefs and espouse ours and absolution will be yours"
is that a healthy legal system?
Nice bit of casual racism there. All these dark skinned indigenous types are kind of hard to tell apart aren't they?
> Same with the NP.. we did an advert with Audi and used a car park for 2 minutes, free advertising for the park.. still wanted £200 or so just to turn on a camera.. so we did most of our filming outside the park...
Poor old Audi, that's disgusting. Did they survive?
So I've seen similar in NZ... you saw the race issue not me... think you may be a closet racialist..
Neuromancer says he thinks that the ban is immoral and should be flouted, the same reasoning as the Kinder trespass. You disagree.
Do I think it's OK? I don't know. The same arguments the park gave can be applied to climbing. Would you support a climbing ban? Would you support climbers who flouted the ban if it threatened access to walkers? I might hope they would get support from walking groups. Perhaps we climbers should support BASE jumpers?
The only decent argument against BASE-jumping so far is that it might be against the wishes of the locals.
A point of a mass tresspass was to demonstrate the futility of the law wasn't it? Whereas the AP was just a few filming themselves...
Anyway I liked it, aye it was all xtreem.. a bit of an artificial challenge with the base jump finish, largely for the filming etc, but great filming and enjoyable.
I think the fault lies with your poor communication skills Iain. I have no idea what you are talking about. Did you mean 'with AN' Audi? Full snide points though.
Re the racism, yes I think it whiffs of stereotypical thinking to equate two groups of people who live at the far ends of the world from each other simply because they are 'indigenous'(not strictly true in the Maori case), and to think that they must share the same motivations. It seems kind of arrogant to think that you can figure out the inner workings of the Inuit mind because what, you have been to New Zealand?
also... did you notice the word 'if'... kind of a crucial point..
The Maori are probably as indigenous as any high latitude inuit group.. think about it sherlock...
The point about the Maori being or not being indigenous was entirely incidental. Now you are trying to backtrack highlighting your use of the word 'if'. Why would you say it at all, if you hadn't thought it?
All outrageous statements are OK as long as we preface them with 'IF'?
I said 'if'..
Its hardly back tracking its pointing to what I ruddy well said you muppet.
Yes it was a truly outlandish outrageous statement.. horrific.
It just seems a storm in a tea cup, a minor add, hardly known about and fairly much a non issue.
Wiki says that Baffin Island is popular with Base Jumpers  but if you google baffin base jump you get tons of hits, lots predate the AP.
So it looks like loads of people will have thought about it before, and either done it and kept quiet or not entered the National Park to jump.
So it doesn't look like rescue would be the main issue.
> A point of a mass tresspass was to demonstrate the futility of the law wasn't it?
That was the political point I think, yes. But wasn't the principle about land access?
I'm not claiming that these film-makers had anything of this sort in mind; I was just responding to neuromancer's thoughts about land access.
Well that just comes from what was said in the apology. I don't think there is any suggestion of it being all inuit people across the North, just the ones who appear to be stakeholders with Parks Canada in the national park that includes Asgard.
Did anybody else notice this story slightly ironically appearing here on UKC on the same day? http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?n=528752
It would appear that at least some of the sponsors don't seem too upset by the Asgard situation as they are backing a similar sounding trip with much the same team to Antarctica.
Yep, just seen that and thought the same. I was going to post something on that thread linking to this one but decided it would have probably just been deleted by the mods.
Likewise...A more measured investigative piece would certainly be interesting. All this Inuit versus rescue costs versus right to roam is neither here nor there. If you turn up in a foreign country where you are on a holiday visa know you are going to break their laws (no matter how relevant you think it is) and film your acts and commercially market it all don't be surprised to get rapped...the morally questionable parts are corporate responsibility ...Berghaus, Nokia and Al Lee were there for commercially driven reasons placing at risk future rights of access. Did anybody consider asking for permission? Or was it 'well they wont give us it so lets do it anyway'? Genuinely interested.
> Likewise...A more measured investigative piece would certainly be interesting. All this Inuit versus rescue costs versus right to roam is neither here nor there. If you turn up in a foreign country where you are on a holiday visa know you are going to break their laws (no matter how relevant you think it is) and film your acts and commercially market it all don't be surprised to get rapped...
I think the point is that they should have rapped, rather than base jump.
Think Jasan Pickles sez as much in 'Autuna' what we are doing is illegal - they don't have permits.
> The park manager has now been sentenced to a $2,000 fine by the National Science Council. The sentence will be dropped provided he undertakes 200 hours of training in high school maths and publishes an article on the park website explaining why this is linear rather than exponential growth.
Where's the "like" button when you need it :p
Well, I think you may need a lesson too. I can easily see some definitions of risk increasing in a non-linear way with distance.
In reply to IainRUK:
YOU do realise that comment about people who live there was gratuitously offensive don't you.
ironically many first nations tribes in canada are absolutly loaded due to oil and mineral rights so they can afford to have ethics isn't that nice.
just think of it a retro-event permit of $1000 national park fee to climb an arctic big wall, leap off the top and hang out in fancy custom designed gear and gain a bit of renegade notoriety...?
id pay that in a second.
i bet the phrase 'better to beg forgiveness than grovel for permission' was uttered a lot in the planning.
My experience with the Maori tribes was pretty consistent, they needed paying, they wanted to ensure any money being made lined their pockets regardless of intellectual property or work being done..
In fact North Wales is very similar in that regard, there is a fear about English/outsiders coming in making money.. I was at a high level meeting regarding a major event and a local Councillor actually said those exact words.. I was gobsmacked he'd be so open about that view.. we all knew it existed but to come out and say it was a bit silly..
Your last sentence is horrifically laid out..
Anyway, how is banning base jumping an ethical concern? The environmental impact is minimal, far less than climbing; but to be honest the only impact will largely be constrained to flying them in and out anyway..
> i bet the phrase 'better to beg forgiveness than grovel for permission' was uttered a lot in the planning.
Its also hardly anything new is it.. climbers deliberately breaking the law to get some route/event done..
Years ago I was chatting to a relative of an ex who was good friends with eric jones, about doing some of his early base jumps with him, working out police response times, where to jump etc. I think it was from Nebo mast.. they were all well into their 50's if not 60's.. aye it was illegal, but they weren't harming anyone. Its just hardly a big deal.
My ironometer is twitching here, have you never thought of climbing as a selfish activity? It is, there is an easier way around the back, but you do it anyway.
I really don't think you should single out Maori or Welsh people out as you have. The issues you have highlighted is a global issue that affects all nations. Look at how emotively English people talk about immigration laws and so on in the past couple of years.
Unfortunately due to the current recession these issues get highlighted even more and yes we can personalize things but it's my belief that this affects every nation in the world. It's how we deal with these issues that will make a difference.
I think that is different to small mindedness..
At times you have to remember that with things like the Welsh language issue.. at times its quite incredulous how het up it can get (signs from kids races stolen as they were in english only), but people are alive today who experienced english suppressing their language..
I find the english anti-immigration as horrific as the english don't steal my fish view... we've been plundering everyone elses ocean, living in other peoples country since day dot...
In addition I also think small mindedness can be more apparent in smaller areas.
You come across as a very unpleasant man. Backtracking in that you are now hedging your view by emphasising the 'if', muppet.
Anyway worth watching the film.. cheers
> Anyway worth watching the film.. cheers
I didn't say that. I've never met you, so have no idea how likeable you are in person. Just a comment on the way that you seem to have to slip in a gibe ('muppet', 'your english isn't very good is it' , 'your last sentence is laid out horrifically' etc etc) any time somebody takes issue with the ideas you express, and how that comes across.
And of course you must know that if you pick people up on their writing, you are fair game for the same, so I was practically obliged to have a good laugh about that.
Anyway, I agree we both must have better things to do so, cheers.
> Its also hardly anything new is it.. climbers deliberately breaking the law to get some route/event done..
An action or choice can be judged on the motive of the person doing it, or the likely consequences of it being done but to blindly say "it's illegal so it's wrong" is to be quite thick.
A law against base jumping from Mount Asgard seems clearly unjustified (unless anyone would like to jutify it to me?) so I would see no reason to respect that law.
Just think what would happen if we never broke or challenged laws that were corrupt, unjust or plain barmy? I'd rather not live in a world where being an athiest is a hanging offense, sleeping with someone is a stoning offense and living alone with cats is a burning-to-death offense thank you very much.
Without wishing to be drawn on the rights or wrongs of this case, that is one of the finest collections of straw men I've seen gathered together in one post for many a day!
> Without wishing to be drawn on the rights or wrongs of this case, that is one of the finest collections of straw men I've seen gathered together in one post for many a day!
NMSE, I read the whole thread and didnt feel compelled to chip in until I found myself in complete agreement with you.
Those who feel that flouting the law is OK because they dont agree with it need to get a grip. Break the law, suffer the consequences, and stop carping when you get caught.
If they disagree then they should use the proper channels to try and get the law changed. Lets look at motorway speeds. The speed limit was set decades ago when cars were much heavier and seldom had advaced ABS, disc based systems. Some would argue that the speed limit should be increased due to this fact being remedied with modern cars (the counter argument is that there is far more traffic on the roads so 70 is about right). Personally, I think it should be increased and I would say that my cruising speed is around 75 to 85 on average. I also know and accept that if I get caught breaking the speed limit, I have broken the law whether I like it nor not and I should receive my £60 and 3 points with shameful grace.
In this case the sponsors and the criminals displayed outrageous arrogance and ignorance and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law in the same vein that climbers an boulders who trespass should too.
It's ok, the law doesn't apply to them because they're climbers and therefore special.
As it stands all we've got is a very broad 'It offends the innuit' and 'it puts rescue personel at risk', the second of which is quite clearly a crock of shit given that they've been given a permit to climb the thing.
The more risk taking activities are made illegal,the more the 'law'will be broken when risk takers do what comes naturally.
The more we obey those laws,the more of them there will be and the more of them will be enforced.The more we will be oppressed.
So access for people taking lesser risks may be cut.The world is a big place.
We need to support risk takers and try to find some compromise with the legislators,rather than just accept blanket bans.
Do you know this? I wrote above that from the apology itself and the news articles I linked, that I don't understand why the local Inuit are against it. It may be some practical reason - but have you read otherwise?
Again, where do you get this from? The apology says they knew it was banned because of a "lack of resources" for rescues. That's not the same as saying it puts rescue personnel at risk. Do we even know that there are rescue personnel to be put at risk?
What blanket ban? It appears they had permission to go climbing there (as have many other expeditions to Baffin down the years). It's only BASE that is banned - presumably for some specific reason beyond some Parks Canada bureaucrat having something against base jumpers but not climbers.
Your argument seems rather "blanket". Should we break bird bans on UK cliffs because they are "unjust" laws? It would seem that not respecting rules, particularly perfectly reasonable ones, is a good way to getting things banned.
Its not that difficult is it?...you go to another country you knowingly break their law(s)...publicise and glorify that in film...pay the price (or risk paying the price). Changing that legislation is a downstream option not a 'its not fair' option. If the legislation seems wrong and we feel that strongly about it I'm sure we will all pay £8 to watch a documentary premiere about it at Kendal next year.
Does that logic extend to fracking for oil, or building chemical plants near population centres ?
This episode has got absolutely bugger all about freedoms and rights and all to do with commercialisation of the countryside.
Do you mean the "Asgard Project" with attendant film maker and sponsors is "commercialisation of the countryside"? I guess it is to some degree although I don't think I can find any major problems with it (I'm sure they removed all their rubbish etc.) and its hardly on a scale with fracking, let alone the Canadian environmental issue of the moment - tar sands exploitation/climate change policy.
I think the 'putting rescue personnel at risk' is a mistake on my part, it was from Mick Ryan's post early in the thread but relates to BASE jumping in US national parks, not Canadian national parks/generally remote regions.
I think the broad point is the same though. Banning BASE jumping because of a 'lack of resources' to mount a rescue while at the same time exlicitly permitting climbing strikes me as somewhat contradictory.
The comment about fracking is that there are often good reasons for trying to restrict freedoms - just ignoring it because it doesn't suit you is not a noble gesture for the rights of freedom.
The second point : yes its definately about the commercialisation of the country. OK you can argue that one basejumper makes very little difference, but if eg Red Bull see this as a great marketing stunt the skies of Baffin Island will be awash with film crews and garish parachutes to the detriment of anyone who actually went there for a wilderness experience.
It does seem contradictory but I presume someone has made a risk assessment (how well justified we don't know) that the increased risks of base jumping over climbing put it beyond some acceptable risk level?
I'm sure someone can correct me but is the same rule in place on the Troll Wall in Norway; i.e. BASE banned but climbing allowed? And the Troll Wall seems risky enough for climbing!
Really? really? I find that tenuous and highly unlikely.
Now perhaps a better question might be is the law a new thing. As as far as I know Baffin island has a long history of people BASE jumping there from as others have pointed out the James Bond scene to more recently I saw a film in a Banff showcase a few years ago with the late great Shane McConkey and a bunch of his mates BASE jumping there. So does this mean that they're all criminals or it's a more recent thing? Or they were only charged as it was a large commercial exped/film?
Had a norwegain BASE jumping mate years ago and he told me Troll wall is specifically banned for BASE as the only readily accessible take off point requires a freefall turn to avoid a ledge complex in one of the most inaccessible and unstable points of the wall. This means that if someone jumps and gets in trouble, which is potentially likely as it's apparently an extremely difficult jump at least was prior to that advent of the wingsuit, rescue personnel have to put themselves in great jeopardy to get to the casualty. Which is why it's banned there but not anywhere else in Norway. I wonder if that ban will be reassessed with the advent of wingsuits as this would clearly make it easier to clear said ledge complex.
I haven't a clue when this particular law concerning Baffin Island came into force but it must have for some reason - adding laws is not a trivial exercise taken just to piss people off. Ignoring those laws because it doesn't suit the commercial interests of someone is unjustifiable IMO.
Personally I think that laws which try to preserve the wilderness feel of an area are to be encouraged. Its why helicopter flights are restricted in the Alps for instance.
that the 'punishment' was $1000 each and a bland public apology INSTEAD of prosecution shows how much of a 'crime' this was.
in a non-climbing world theyve committed something about as criminal as jay-walking, indeed jay-walking seems a more strict offence.
ive no idea of the actual premise, but it sounds like the law isnt 'no base jumping of mt asgard', rather thats a local government restriction with about as much weight as a tresspass law as base jumping itself is not a criminal act, only the location. the law itself thats been broken is the ignoring of that local restriction, and being a national park makes its federally administered, ie a real pain in the ass to prosecute. a donation and apology is a better result than waiting for leo and his friends to come back to canada sometime. even then what would they do - have feds waiting at the airport?
like toby points out: theyre not selling guns to kids. theyve upset a glitch in the legal system rather than done something wrong enough for the courts to bother with.
to carry on about this beinga 'crime' is to stretch the gravity of the term. not all laws are equal, and its absurd for us to argue it when even the canadian justice system can see that. if this is about accepting the standards of a legal system then accept that the legal system concerned itself could be bothered with it.
of course one should be prepared to pay the consequences of knowingly breaking a rule - and when thats a $1000 donation and an hour of the berghaus lawyers time to write the apology its a no brainer in the case of a film at costs tens of thousands to make. leos boots would have cost more. that it will attract hoardes of crazed base jumpers is a witch burning mentality - yeah right, to a remote mountain in the arctic that needs climbing first? trango is easier to get to.
the problem as i see it is that asgard national park needs a permit system for base jumpers as well as climbers and film makers.
>>...that it will attract hoardes of crazed base jumpers is a witch burning mentality - yeah right, to a remote mountain in the arctic that needs climbing first? <<
...but what it does do is fly in the face of environmental management and statutes...Asgard and Base Jumping or mountain biking over tundra habitat...the lines are only grey where you chose them to be...
i agree with you but only at a localized level: mountain bikes on fragile tundra is one thing, jumping off asgard another.
note the minimal regulating of the camping around asgard which would have a greater environmental impact than jumping off it - indeed base jumping is about as low impact as a sport can be. the climbing part would have greater impact and its a $15 dollar a day permit.
yes the lines are grey: thats how they should be. black and white statutes across an area as large as Baffin, let alone all canada is silly, the laws and restrictions need to apply to the fagility of the ecosystem.
if the hoards of base jumpers need curtailing due to environmental impact (and maybe they would, i dont know) then nail them on the impact of the parts of their sport that cause the damage - dont restrict the jumping which the least impactful, restrict the camping or the boat/skidoo access or whatever.
as it goes right now i could boat in 25 friends in a diesel chugging boat, party all week, cook, walk all over the riparian zone and take a shit everyday and thats cool.
but 5 mins plummeting thru the air is considered the 'impact' part (jokes aside)??
these rules need to be flown in the face of (more jokes aside).
...the issue has nothing to do with justifying actions on the extent of their environmental impact...it was never done as a protest jump...it was self indulgent fun (fine) hanging under corporate emblazoned canopies (somebody has to pay) in front of a camera for international release... tbh i dont think the Canadian (statute makers) give a shit i suspect that somebody seeing the film (tree hugging lefty) was appalled and forced them to uphold the statute. If it was my country, my hill and i really had environmental motives I would have:
1-issued warrants on the participants, producer (executive and non exec) and director
2-fined them significantly more
3-declared them person no grata unless 4
4- the producer was forced to make a film about environmental management in my country
That would do it...as i say i think they got off incredibly lightly ...which telegraphs that the Canadians arent really seem bothered...as the op states its a shame we havent had the story investigated more..
>just responding to neuromancer's thoughts about land access
I'm not sure that having a soul and morally condemning base jumping are compatible.
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