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Old 09-04-2013, 06:45 AM   #31 (permalink)
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One bit of advice, I would skip repeating the level I unless it has been over 5 years. You have been out there. Take a II. You can do it in Washington or Montana. There is enough rehash to cover the basic level I stuff and then so much more.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:17 PM   #32 (permalink)
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That video was heavy.


One question that immediately came to mind is: Does your riding style need to change for the back country?
(eg..No heavy heel or toe edge turns/stops)
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:25 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Light and smooth, don't fall, getting hurt in the bc can be as dangerous as an avalanche. Weak layers are buried, you don't want to create unneeded impact forces. I dail it back considerably in the bc
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:50 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Tbh, my style doesn't change a whole lot. Walove is right. If you are riding a chute, a big bowl, or something of that nature. Falling all over the place is going to have more of an impact. Meaning that if there is a weak spot you have a greater chance of finding it and setting off a slide. 90% of avalanche victims started the slide that got them.

On the flipside, if I am out pillow riding, or cliff jumping, I am putting down some good impacts. Of course I should be pretty confident about what the consequences are in that zone.

Back to the bowl or chute. I'll rip my turns in them, but I will not stop unless or until I've got a safe spot.

Falling obviously happens and in some spots you may do it a lot. It comes down to what terrain you are riding and what the consequences are, in a nut shell. There are a ton of variables you got to look at for any day out in the bc. None of it is very hard and of course it gets easier with experience.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:22 AM   #35 (permalink)
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If a fall or hard cut could trigger a slide on a slope Im riding, I don't want to be on that slope to begin with.

I also rip my turns in the bc because, well its super fun.

But ya, getting hurt isn't something I want to happen to me or my buddies. I always look at the fall line and visualize what might happen to me if I fall and take a tumble.


And that video is heavy. The accident stories where people suffer major trauma have way more impact on me than the ones where victims suffocate. I remember the first time I read about a dismemberment somewhere in the PNW. I went to the library and got bruce trempers book a few days later.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:15 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Not disagreeing with that logic mhaas. There is always that chance, even after you've looked at everything and are confident in your decision. Falling all over is just not recommended. On any big line. Especially in a continental or even transitional snow pack.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:16 PM   #37 (permalink)
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O I agree. Definitely not encouraging putting yourself in situations where you would be falling a lot. It definitely puts more stress on the snowpack than smooth turns, ie slope cutting suspected windslabs. I was just stating that Im not gonna get on a suspect snowpack that I believe to be stable only if I ride it perfectly.
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