The National Park Service tweeted one of the scariest images we’ve ever seen.
Public service announcement: If it looks and feels stupid, odds are … it’s stupid. And that’s exactly the case in a photo the Grand Canyon National Park Service posted this week of two “hikers” precariously inching their way down an ice-covered switchback along the canyon.
It’s worth reminding everyone that the Grand Canyon can be an extremely dangerous place — even on perfect, warm, sunny days. So it should go without saying that traversing the trails when they’re covered in ice should only be attempted with proper gear and preparation. And the NPS said as much in its tweet:
The top part of Grand Canyon trails are icy!
Don’t risk it – like these folks.
If you plan to hike this week bring your shoe traction devices and trekking poles – or purchase them in village shops: (shoe traction $20-$45) (Rent poles at General Store $3 per pole per day) pic.twitter.com/VkaVKtlOq4
— Grand Canyon NPS (@GrandCanyonNPS) November 25, 2019
And for the record, tennis shoes, athletic shorts, and a bucket hat definitely do not qualify as proper gear. But good spikes do!