I don’t find that “risk” is a topic that I find a lot of interest in writing about on this blog, therefore, I’m going to link to this story in the Wall Street Journal about a guide book author in Hawaii that is being taken to task for writing about potentially risky adventure in several different guide books. Now the state legislature in Hawaii has proposed legislation that could have interesting implications for the adventure tourism trade as the article describes it would, “…hold Hawaii guidebook writers personally liable for deaths or accidents at spots they recommend.”

If Hawaii does move forward in potentially holding authors responsible for their recommendations, are there implications for any business that engages in any sort of adventure recreation and perhaps recommends something that a particular guest or client isn’t personally prepared for? I’m thinking of KT-22, or Corbett’s Colouir – would anyone writing about those admittedly Expert runs but describing how to access them be potentially setting themselves up for liability if this proposed Hawaiian legislation were to be enacted in other states? Obviously I’m no “risk” expert, but it sure seems that if someone were writing about something that was misleading, in particular in regards to something that is dangerous they can and should be held responsible, but where is the line between misleading and something that is risky but still adventurous…I haven’t a clue!

Our world isn’t coddling, and stepping from a beach into the ocean (or onto the slopes of a mountain), seems to be an acceptance of some risk, whether or not we choose to fully accept that is an interesting proposition, I’ll be watching to see what happens in Hawaii.