Raging Rivers combined with stupid hikers
Every year we read about hikers who decided that the warning signs don't apply to them, and enter a raging river. And every year a few of these people get swept away over waterfalls or into rapids. They die.
Don't let this happen to you. Believe it when the rangers tell you the rivers are deadly. In 2011 we cut short a hike because we came to a river that was perfectly crossable. There was a substantial log across it, and we knew we could probably hike across that log without falling in. But it was a good 40 feet long, and the river underneath it (Mono Creek, in the photo at right) was a raging torrent of white water. So we decided to chickened out. And we are here to tell the tale.
A single slip in the water can send you tumbling downstream. And if you bang your head on a rock, you won't be getting out. Which is NOT a nice gift to your hiking partners.
Be smart out there, and remember that you only get one chance to make a really stupid mistake.