WLI Participant's Acknowledgement of Risk
In consideration for participating in the activity and for the services of Wilderness Leadership Institute, LLC, its officers, agents, employees, representatives, and members, and all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively referred to as “WLI”) I agree as follows:
Although WLI has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, WLI has informed me this activity is not without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death. WLI does not want to frighten me or reduce my enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to expect and to be informed of the inherent risks. The following describes some, but not all, of those risks.
The “activity” includes but is not limited to medical training, alpine guiding and training, mountaineering guiding and training, rock and ice climbing, guiding and training, hiking, backpacking, backcountry travel, glacier travel, skiing, travel near and swimming in natural or manmade bodies of water, and all instruction and travel associated with these activities (collectively, the “activity”). The risks associated with the activity include, but are not limited to, naturally occurring hazards and dangers of all kinds, including falls and slides; rugged, steep and uneven terrain and trails including rocks, dirt, mud, sand, vegetation, snow, ice, and cliffs; rockfall, icefall, and avalanche; snow immersion; hazards associated with bodies of water; hazards and illnesses associated with changes in weather, temperature, and altitude; lightning; wildland fire; heat and dehydration; risks posed by animals, insects, reptiles, parasites, and the diseases they may carry and transmit to humans; and potential exposure to communicable disease (including but not limited to coronavirus/COVID-19, other viruses, bacteria, and all other infectious pathogens and disease vectors). The risks also include hazards and dangers associated with the use of manmade equipment, structures, vehicles, and materials, including my own or others’ misuse, defect, failure, or inadequacy of equipment. I am aware that I will be in close proximity and contact with others during the course of the activity. I am aware that injuries may occur far from rescue personnel and that it may take rescue personnel a long time to locate and reach an injured person, or for the injured person to be evacuated and brought to medical care. Other risks include those associated with the use of all facilities, including campsites and activity locations.
I am aware that the activity entails risks of injury or death to any participant. I understand the description of these inherent and other risks is not complete and that other unknown or unanticipated inherent and other risks may result in injury or death. I agree to assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent and other risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary, no one is forcing me to participate, and I elect to participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent and other risks.
I understand and acknowledge that in engaging or participating in any of the activities there may be risk to my personal property in which such property may be lost, damaged, stolen, or destroyed, and I agree to assume such risk.
I understand and acknowledge that WLI representatives and/or other participants may photograph or video the “activities” and facilities, including my participation therein. I agree that WLI may use these images and recordings in any way, including but not limited to for marketing or evidentiary purposes, without compensation or restriction.
I understand and acknowledge that engaging in this “activity” may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I understand and acknowledge that the staff of WLI will be reasonably available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this “activity” and the inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this “activity”. I represent that I am fully capable of participating in this “activity”. Therefore, I assume and accept full responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or loss of personal property and expenses as a result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent and other risks and dangers not specifically identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this “activity”.
I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.
I understand this document is a contract, and I voluntarily sign my name of my own free will, and I completely accept all of the above provisions on my behalf.
I HAVE READ THIS VISITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL LEGAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND HAVE SIGNED IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT, ASSURANCE OR GUARANTEE BEING MADE TO ME, AND INTEND MY SIGNATURE TO BE A COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL LIABILITY TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
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Signed by Josh Jackson
Signed On: September 5, 2022
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