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Acknowledgement of Risk

PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT, RELEASE AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK

In consideration of the services of Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides, Inc., their agents, owners, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf (hereinafter collectively referred to as "SYMG"), I hereby agree to release, indemnify, and discharge SYMG, on behalf of myself, my spouse, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate as follows:


  1. 1. I acknowledge that my participation in hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering; fishing, and/or other outdoor adventure based activities entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to myself, to property, or to third parties. I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity. The risks include, among other things: slips and falls; falling objects; the hazards of walking on uneven terrain; exhaustion; exposure to temperature and weather extremes which could cause: cold shock, hypothermia, hyperthermia (heat related illnesses), heat exhaustion, sunburn, dehydration; exposure to potentially dangerous wild animals, insect bites, and hazardous plant life; being impaled by a fish hook; being struck by rock fall or other objects dislodged or thrown from above; the forces of nature, including lightning, weather changes and avalanche; the risks of falling off the rock, mountain or into a crevasse; limited visibility; water hazards; the use of climbing ropes and equipment; rope burns; pinches, scrapes, twists and jolts that could result in scratches, bruises, sprains, lacerations, fractures, concussions, or even more severe life threatening hazards; accidental drowning; collision with fixed or movable objects; the risk of altitude and cold including hypothermia, frostbite, acute mountain sickness, cerebral and pulmonary edema; travel in remote areas with poor or no access to emergency and/or medical services; consumption of food or drink; and improper lifting or carrying; my own physical condition, and the physical exertion associated with this activity.


    Furthermore, SYMG employees have 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 other environmental conditions. They may give incomplete warnings or instructions, and the equipment being used might malfunction or fail.


  2. 2. I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all of the risks existing in this activity. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks.

  3. 3. I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless SYMG from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, which are in any way connected with my participation in this activity or my use of SYMG 's equipment or facilities, including any such claims which allege negligent acts or omissions of SYMG.

  4. 4. Should SYMG or anyone acting on their behalf, be required to incur attorney's fees and costs to enforce this agreement, I agree to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs.

  5. 5. I certify that I have adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage I may cause or suffer while participating, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself. I further certify that I am willing to assume the risk of any medical or physical condition I may have.

  6. 6. In the event that I file a lawsuit against SYMG, I agree to do so solely in the state of California, and I further agree that the substantive law of that state shall apply in that action without regard to the conflict of law rules of that state. I agree that if any portion of this agreement is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.


    By signing this document, I acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or property is damaged during my participation in this activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against SYMG on the basis of any claim from which I have released them herein.
    I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document. I have read and understood it, and I agree to be bound by its terms.