Uhh, the whole point of waivers is to defend against liability resulting from negligence, as well as in the case of sports in particular to provide notice of the nature of the sport to better-ensure that assumption of risk may also clearly apply as a defense. There's no reason to hope that the level of misinformation in this thread be any better than on the rest of Epic, but something that basic...it speaks for itself. [new paragraph -- the new forum format seems spotty on letting me use paragrpahs].
Can a lawyer please chime in here? I didn't think a waiver could be used to defend against negligence. I thought there were certain things you can't sign away.