apachedino wrote: Hopefully, they can be convinced to not close the cave permanantly, but only until the body can be retrieved.
That is my hope. I've been through the cave 4-5 times. It's a fun experience. I hope to see the cave remain open after time is given to respect the retrieval of the body. I've read reports of possibly leaving the body in there, and that makes no sense to me. Remember the 5 snowboarders that died on Timp in the avalanche. They searched for days and couldn't find three of the bodies. Eventually they called off the search. So did they close the Orion Couloir permanently and leave the bodies there for a permanent burial/memorial? No. They waited for conditions to change (spring to come) and got the bodies when the snow melted. I can understand if the cave is closed temporarily to allow the body to decay, or to retrieve it as "conditions change" later. But to leave the man in there permanently? To me that's odd.
Similar to what has been mentioned on this thread: people have died at almost every ski resort in the Wasatch, yet they remain open. People have died on many of the popular Wasatch Peaks, yet they remain open. People drown in community pools, rivers, and lakes; yet they remain open. Most of our popular ice climbing areas in the Wasatch have seen deaths, yet they remain open. Remember that poor young boy who was killed by a bear in AF canyon at a designated campsite a few years back, yet it remains open. Life is unpredictable and risky by nature.
I hope my comments don't impress a lack of compassion or understanding. I, in fact, had a brother die at Lake Powell in a jet-ski accident 4 years ago. It was a horrible, shocking experience. I have since found peace, healing and perspective as time has passed, but at no point would I think it necessary or appropriate to bar others from experiencing jet-skis, Lake Powell, etc. just because my family had a tragic experience.
I've always liked this quote that I've seen attributed to Helen Keller: "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."