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Old 02-15-2010, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Several people caught in slides in CO this weekend

Loveland Pass Snowboarders Survive Avalanche - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

I used to make a point of picking up a couple of backcountry riders anytime I was going across Loveland Pass and had the room. However, I've stopped. After several chats with riders on the drive up, I never once talked to anyone who had any inkling of avalanche awareness. Now, I've only taken an introductory avalanche awareness course and don't have any close friends who have done anything more. That's why I don't ride backcountry. I'm not going to endanger myself and possibly others due to ignorance and stupidity. I'm also not going to ferry others who are willing to do that.

If I had a beacon, I could at least do the old "no beacon, no ride" method.

I saw the slide on Loveland Pass today that the two boarders triggered. It wasn't small. It was a good 6-7 feet deep at the road. I didn't realize it was triggered today. I was coming back from Breck and came across the pass. It was probably 4pm or so.
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is the Loveland Pass jong show for you. I'd say the majority of people there are riding without avy gear, or the knowledge of how to travel safely in the terrain. The no beacon no ride policy is a good one around there. Bobski's wife is militant about not giving rides if they don't have beacons.

I was out riding the bc around Berthoud Pass this weekend. Great blower snow finally. I spent a lot of time in the white room. There were also some seriously bold lines put down on the pass. The east face of Russel had tracks down it. Who ever did that was playing with a loaded gun and was seriously lucky the face didn't fracture and pull the rug out on them tossing them over cliffs. Most of the knowledgeable bc riders I know have pretty much sworn off alpine turns until the spring consolidation. You can include me in that group.
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