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The river (too) wild

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We wouldn't want to engineer every river, but rivers are transient, anyway (HCN, 10/10/25). Making one rapid consistent with the rest of the run makes sense. As a climber, I’m a little tired of the argument that placing enough bolts on a route to prevent someone dying is "dumbing it down." I’ve seen people die outdoors, and the experience will only make you wish it could have been avoided.

Michael Lanza
Backpacker Magazine, Northwest editor
Boise, Idaho

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