Millions of people visit Yosemite National Park each year, and as one of this country's great natural wonders the park draws average Joe's and political elites alike. Unfortunately, it also attracts idiots like travel vlogger Jorden Tually. The Australian recently made his way to Yosemite and decided to shoot some selfie-stick video of his time there. The clip, posted last month (and embedded below), shows the young man running along precipitous cliff edges and hollering for the camera — all the while a mere inches from certain death.
"Do it for the insta!" the video, which also shows him risking life and limb in Big Sur, is thoughtfully captioned.
According to the National Park Service, 20 people died in Yosemite in 2015 (the last year for which statistics are available). The same year park officials had to launch 239 search and rescue operations and there were 766 "medical assists."
And it's not just people who sadly wandered too far off the trail that have fallen victim — accomplished rock climbers frequently die in the park as well. In August of 2014 an experienced climber fell to his death after proposing to his girlfriend, and in 2015 a well-known climber died BASE jumping. These were people who knew what they were doing — in obvious contrast to Tually — and yet still perished.
Interestingly, Tually is not totally oblivious to the danger. In response to a YouTube commenter that noted "One day, you might actually record your own death," the vlogger made clear what his priorities are.
"[Wouldn't] that be a crazy video!" Tually replied. "Cant wait :) hahahah"