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Old 02-17-2014, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just read that someone was killed in an avalanche in Idaho yesterday. Unusual snow produces unusual avalanches and we are living that paradigm right now.

9 people in just over a week is a lot. A shit ton. Avalanche.org has them all under accidents.

Definitely time to use your go to safe spots. If you are questioning it, maybe time to do something else. I can't think of a stretch where it has been so deadly and widespread. Only the Craig Kelly year comes up as more tragic.

Watch yourselves. Things will calm down. I know I am getting sick of doing the same 'ol same 'ol but it is what is being offered. Take the offer don't try to steal a line, the penalty if you get caught is death. Literally.

Be safe out there peeps. I got a lot of people on this forum I still need to tour with.
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makes me think the last line I took with L-gorge at loveland the other day was not a good idea.....so epic...seemed like it couldn't be in-bounds...so steep and deep...and wide open...behind the tunnel building....we didnt' duck any ropes but....
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Yeah, that was a big line. I've never rode slough like that in bounds. That was heavy enough that it would've definitely took me for a ride if I'd gone down. I didn't expect that face to be completely untouched like it was.
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Gary, check out the NWAC observations from around Stevens....It's downright SCARY in my neck of the woods right now.

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Gary, check out the NWAC observations from around Stevens....It's downright SCARY in my neck of the woods right now.

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I've been reading the NWAC report almost everyday for the last three weeks in preparation for my trip. I have to say I have not seen thos set up in quote awhile in your neck of the woods. Scary indeed. The whole west coast range has issues right now.

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Now 10 in 9 days. :'(

Did you know him? You and snowvols went to the Canuck splitfest a few times no?

Too many people.

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I did not know him or go to Canuck SF. The sad face was for the death per day average we got going in the hills right now.
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Yeah, it is so sad. I am hearing that there may have been yet another avalanche death yesterday. Hopefully this one does not bear fruit and turns out to be untrue. This is a dangerous cycle right now.

Wade was Treepilot on Splitboard.com. He was an awesome contributor there. Going to miss his posts...
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Awful news Condolences to all the people who lost family members or friends.

Glad the conditions are calming down here. However, too many fatalities in Switzerland as well. Of 11 fatal avys, 10 were set in level 3 "considerable", a level many ppl still tend to underestimate (one in level 4 "high"). These 11 avys cought 20 people, of which 14 ppl died. Scary numbers...
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