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will sawyer
(wjsawyer) - F

Locale: Connecticut
Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/24/2012 20:30:19 MDT Print View

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5inG54b0Y8bVq_xVJKFXOoZyI_PAg?docId=9d8b06e0cfc2450a85756c763d5b7d1e

in brief: two young adults set up booby traps along a popular hiking trail in Provo Canyon, UT.

This is sickening. Another reason to go deeper into the wilderness and avoid areas within a few miles of trailheads? For some reason this hits me hard. I am a bit paranoid when camping in very populated areas, much more comfortable knowing there isn't another person for 25 miles.

I'd be interested to hear what the older and wiser people here have to say.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Thats a new one on 04/24/2012 21:34:29 MDT Print View

That is sick. They had to know they could really hurt someone. I'd try and charge them with "assault with a deadly weapon." It might not stick but it would sure scare them and anyone else who might think about trying it.

On the positive side I really doubt this happens often at all so I wouldn't worry about it too much in the woods.

Edited by Cameron on 04/24/2012 21:36:04 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/24/2012 21:50:45 MDT Print View

I think I saw this in a movie once, they made one to kill a wild boar. One of the main characters ended up getting accidentally impaled by it.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/24/2012 21:56:05 MDT Print View

They should test it. On each other.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Re Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/24/2012 22:03:55 MDT Print View

I respect the opinion of the officer who found them. Apparently they were dangerous.
On the other hand traps like this are not super easy to make. I tried making snares and deadfalls a few times as a kid and they aren't easy to get right. So again I'm not too worried about weirdos booby trapping the trail. That said I'm all up for a BPL lynch mob. How about we post it under trip announcements:)

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/24/2012 22:37:31 MDT Print View

>" am a bit paranoid when camping in very populated areas, "

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean the world isn't out to get you.

But seriously, the incidence of pathological behavior drops dramatically the further you get from the pavement. ESPECIALLY when the only thing out there is joy of the outdoors. When there's tasty game animals, you get a broader spectrum (the vast majority of whom are great people). When there's gold, diamonds, or pot; you get the other, undesireable end of the spectrum.

But when it's just a hiking trail - I've never had a problem with theft, and people have been amazingly helpful if you just ask.

Tyler H
(ctwnwood) - F

Locale: Utah
re: Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/24/2012 22:42:57 MDT Print View

Also heard about this today on the radio.

I'm not even sure what to think about this. I've hiked on popular trails outside Spanish Fork, very near where this happened.

I have to agree though, when I get nervous in the backcountry it's not usually because of wildlife or natural danger, it's more to do with encountering people who are either "beliged" as we used to say, or sociopaths.

Edited by ctwnwood on 04/24/2012 22:45:39 MDT.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/25/2012 08:36:22 MDT Print View

Heard from some friends that were in Caprock Canyons State Park (Texas) this weekend. They said a boy scout troop (had met a troop 87 earlier in day) was throwing something at them (at night) and hit one or two people in the face.

Edited by jshann on 04/25/2012 09:12:41 MDT.

Ty Ty
(TylerD)

Locale: SE US
My town on 04/25/2012 08:47:11 MDT Print View

Last year in my medium size southern town, some teenagers glues razor blades to the playground equipment in the central park in town. They caught them, just some suburban kids being idiots. Little pathological if you ask me.

Jamie Estep
(jestep) - F

Locale: ATX
ouch on 04/25/2012 09:04:33 MDT Print View

I saw this on MSN a few days ago. From the pictures and description, this would have easily killed someone. I can't believe how little of a charge they're getting off with.

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/25/2012 10:45:22 MDT Print View

"But when it's just a hiking trail - I've never had a problem with theft, and people have been amazingly helpful if you just ask."

It's sad but theft in the backcountry goes way back. In the 1970's some friends left their off-trail campsite to climb a mountain, pretty far in. They returned to find the campsite ransacked and most everything of value missing. The saw only one additional set of tire tracks near the trailhead (they took photos but they were of no help to the police).

But that's the only case of trail theft I or my friends have experienced.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re Re Booby Traps on the Trail on 04/25/2012 17:44:36 MDT Print View

Luke is right, getting the trigger mechanism right for the trip wire wouldn't be the easiest thing in the world with how heavy the spiked ball was.