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Participation in outdoor adventure based activities such as rock climbing, river rafting, canoeing, and cross country skiing activities entails known and unanticipated risks that can result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death or damage to yourself, to property, or to third parties. Risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity.

Although SPLORE takes reasonable steps to provide you with appropriate equipment and skilled guides so you or your children can safely enjoy an activity for which you may not be skilled, we wish to remind you these activities are not without risk. Certain risks cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of these activities. The same elements that contribute to the unique character of this activity can be causes of loss of or damage to your equipment, accidental injury or illness or, in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death. We do not want to frighten you or reduce your enthusiasm for these activities, but we do think it is important for you to know in advance what to expect and to be informed of the inherent risks.

The following describes some, but not all, of those risks:
River Rafting: Whitewater rapids will be encountered. You can be jolted, jarred, bounced, and shaken about during rides through some of these rapids. It is possible that you could be injured if you come in contact with food boxes, other storage containers, or other fixed equipment necessary to the operation of the expedition and outfitting of the raft. Rafts could capsize and you could be washed overboard. You can slip or fall during a hike, resulting in personal injury and damage to equipment. Accidents can occur getting on and off the raft. Rafts are slippery when wet. Exposure to the natural elements can be uncomfortable and/or harmful. Exposure to potentially dangerous wildlife, insects and plants is possible. Exposure can cause sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat cramps. Also prolonged exposure to cold water can result in hypothermia, and in extreme cases accidental drowning is also possible.

Rock Climbing: The hazards of walking on uneven terrain and slips and falls; being struck by rock fall or other objects dislodged or thrown from above; the use of climbing ropes and equipment; the forces of nature, including lightning and rapid weather changes; the risks of falling off the rock; the risks of exposure to insect bites; the risk of cold including hypothermia; my own physical condition, and the physical exertion associated with this activity.

Canoeing: Wind and waves may be encountered; your boat could capsize; you can slip or fall during a hike, resulting in personal injury or damage to equipment; exposure to the natural elements can be uncomfortable and/or harmful; you should be aware that this exposure could cause sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat cramps; also prolonged exposure to cold water can result in hypothermia; exposure to potentially dangerous wildlife, insects, plants, and in extreme cases accidental drowning is also possible.

Cross Country Skiing: Risks include falls and/or collision with other participants, trail grooming equipment, other man made objects, animals, and /or other natural obstructions; encountering bare ground, ice or broken snow; inclement weather, hypothermia, frostnip, frostbite, the presence of objects, wholly or partially obstructed from view; your physical coordination and balance; the speed at which you travel; your ability to use/control the equipment and follow directions; equipment failure; and remote routes and inadequately marked trails which may lead to you becoming lost or disoriented.

SPLORE staff has difficult jobs to perform. They seek safety, but they are not infallible. They might be unaware of a participant's fitness or abilities. They might misjudge the weather or environmental conditions. The description of these risks is not complete and other unknown or unanticipated risks may be present.
SPLORE is a Utah based non-profit organization that specializes in providing life-changing outdoor recreation experiences to children and adults with disabilities and special needs. SPLORE ran its first accessible rafting program during the summer of 1977 and for more than 30 years, has served over 30,000 individuals with disabilities as well as their family members, friends & care providers.

SPLORE | 880 East 3375 South | SLC, UT 84106 | 801.484.4128 | fax 801.484.4177 | info@splore.org



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