Visitor’s Acknowledgement of Risk

Who knew stargazing was so dangerous! Actually, it doesn’t have to be, but since the Eastern Sierra Observatory is situated on the grounds of an old gold mine, and without a traditional, verifiable street address, our insurance provider is requiring that our guests acknowledge and agree to this liability waiver.

So, in consideration of the services of the Eastern Sierra Observatory, and all officers, helpers, agents, employees, and all other persons associated with this business (hereinafter collectively referred to as “ESO Staff”), I agree as follows:

The Eastern Sierra Observatory and the ESO Staff have informed me that there are certain risks when visiting that cannot be eliminated due to the nature of the land. Some of these risks include: rocky and uneven surfaces, unprotected cliffs and mining exploration holes, little pieces of glass here and there (people used this site for target practice — unfortunately shooting glass bottles for many years, and some remnants remain), and other risks not specifically identified.

I am aware that these risks could lead to injury or even death. I understand the description of these inherent risks is not complete and that other unknown or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury or death. I agree to assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent risks both specified and not specifically identified. My participation in activities at the Eastern Sierra Observatory and with the ESO Staff 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 risks. 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, both specified and not specially identified, and, as a result of my negligence in participation in this activity.

I have carefully read, clearly understand, 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.