While hiking in Big Sur I had the unenviable choice of saving myself as I slipped on a cliff or watching my F2A with 35/2 fall off my shoulder, and about 75 feet to rocks and surf. Replaced the camera, never got another 35/2.
I'll also never forget the thrill of diving with my Nikonos, each time, every time.
Too bad about all the post 9/11 changes. I certainly don't feel they've made any difference in our collective safety. I think we were better off before.
Lets see, how should I put this?? Well a rain storm, Rocky Mountian National Park, some huge rocks, a new pair Cowboy boots and a couble of Nikons?? I fell, the cameras stayed with me one was under my back acting as a friction brake, and sounding nasty, the other was being dragged behind me and not making anything like nice noises.. I was very lucky didn't slide into the void?? I managed to salvage both cameras considerably scared, and a couple of squared up lens hoods, but fully functional..Lesson learned Leather soled Cowboy boots, especially new ones and wet rocks make a bad mix..
And I tend to agree on the, Better off then before, Safety issue.. But it did create, a lot of new jobs, in the makeworks area :-(