An interesting article in the travel section of the Orange County Register newspaper today. There are 7,300 permits for the Wave available in a year. There were 48,264 people who applied for those permits last year! In the literature passed out to people who get the permits, there are warnings about how much water to bring (1 gallon per person), as well as needing to bring snacks and sunscreen. Hikers are told to be able to use a compass or gps and are given a detailed hiking guide. The BLM also has said it will require all lottery applicants (did they mean winners?) to watch a safety video. Something I didn't know is that the BLM keeps a list of registered guides who don't need an additional permit to accompany permitted hikers. I don't know what else they can do...no one can keep people from making the wrong decisions, especially when presented with adequate information.