Who assumes the risk when you join a guided trip into the wild and things go wrong?
We mentioned earlier that a client on a hike in Utah with the Boulder Outdoor Survival School died after a 10-hour hike in the heat. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Dave Bushow of River Vale, N.J., repeatedly told instructors he was thirsty, but he wasn't given any water.
The school has also been named in a lawsuit by a client who says she was injured during one of the school's courses. Lisa Tabb of New Orleans says she broke her hip, leg and ribs and dislocated her shoulder in a fall during a BOSS course in Utah in May 2005.
In an AP story, Josh Bernstein, president and chief executive officer of the school, defended his company’s safety record and said the school makes clear to participants that its courses involve risk. “We don’t guarantee safety,” he said. "There are inherent risks in the wilderness that are beyond our ability to control."
What do you think? Who takes the responsibility in an outdoor survival school course? Who determines the amount of risk? Who assumes the risk if you're on a guided raft trip or horseback ride?