I can’t fathom what’s wrong with some people. You visit a stunningly beautiful and pristine park and want to deface it?
This lady was dumb enough to post pictures to some popular hiking web sites. That didn’t end well. Hikers respect unspoiled terrain and leave it just like they found it. I’ve been fortunate and had the pleasure of hiking four of these trails. Each trip in a different year. This lady hit all seven in 26 days. She couldn’t have spent much time actually hiking at each one.
This deserves to be in the Pit. What a piece of shit.
I still feel bad about the time I was in Yellowstone (perhaps 12 years ago), and when I pulled something out of my pocket, a candy bar wrapper came with it. It immediately blew off the trail and I couldn’t do anything about it–Yellowstone is a place where you definitely do not want to go off-trail. Since then I have always carried out more trash than I carried in on hikes or other excursions. Bits of litter here and there are understandable, and probably mostly accidental, so I don’t mind–but deliberate defacement is inexcusable.
The “ironic punishment” part of my brain says that we should deface her forehead with a tattoo saying “I’m a piece of human excrement with no consideration of nature or other humans.”
When I was hiking through Capitol Reef National Park several years ago, I encountered a couple with a young girl. The girl had a small bouquet of wild flowers in her hand, and was actively looking for more. Capital Reef is an extremely arid environment, and plants have a really tough time surviving, and they need to flower to increase the odds of reproducing. The flowers I saw, even away from the little girl, were few and far between. I tried explaining this to the parents, but they became very insistent that their little brat had every goddamn right to pick any goddamn flowers she goddamn wanted, and that I should mind my goddamn business. The father pointed out that if the flowers had such a hard time surviving, perhaps they had no right to be there, unlike his precious little snowflake.
That family was defacing the park in a manner comparable to using spray paint on the rocks. I did report them to the rangers; hope they were caught.
I wish there were stronger penalties for this sort of thing.
Instead of full banishment I think an appropriate punishment might be that she be required to go to each of those parks to give talks at evening campfire programs. She would have to explain why she did it and apologize directly to the park-going public.