Just sharing this to spread awareness of what NOT to do while off-roading, overlanding, or enjoying the outdoors. Especially in areas that are already under threat of shutting down.
Recently the company TACOMABEAST has been on a cross country expedition exploring all over the western U.S. including here in Utah. I actually was at their big Utah Toyota meet-and-greet recently here in Salt Lake just before they headed south to the San Rafael Swell area and Moab.
Apparently while in the Moab (Kane Creek) area one of their videographers marked an abbreviated version of the the company name "TCM BST" into a rock for a photo opportunity that has now been circulating on social media and made it to local news even.
It is a big mess with all the hate messages flooding into TACOMABEAST and even death threats from some people apparently. The owner of the company has come forward with an apology video and other companies such as CBI Offroad who were associated with the overlanding trip have published formal statements about their involvement in the issue. There is even talk that they are trying to get folks from Utah to repair the vandalized rock.
It is a sober reminder of how serious the off-road community takes preservation of the trails and areas we use and explore. Defacement of public or private land is never okay but I also would like to say that death threats are never okay either. Of course we need to preserve our lands for future generations to enjoy but it is taking it too far to threaten the life of another when restitution can be made.
The whole situation reminds me of a couple years back when a similar situation arose where someone carved their Instagram name into some rocks near Moab making it easy to identity who did it and they went through the same onslaught of hate and criticism for their actions. The whole situation ended up pushing the person responsible off social media entirely and away from the off-roading community. I hope the best for TACOMABEAST as these are never good situations to be in, but let it be a reminder to all of us how important it really is to be responsible when we are out there on the trails.
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