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Old 01-31-2012, 12:41 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I just don't get why people are trying shit that they should know are not good lines to hit right now, i mean i really want to get into BC when i have the skills i believe that will allow me to ride safely, BUT even now with no experience i could see that was not a great option considering the warning signs, snowpack and terrain choice.

As said i don't think it was "staged" but i do think it still looks funny somehow
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:52 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Sometimes people are simply capable of stunning stupidity.

Anyone can make a costly mistake in the BC, but sometimes the mistakes are so obvious that it's hard to understand how or why they were made.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:17 AM   #23 (permalink)
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This is not a staged slide. This is back in the Montezuma basin. I have no idea what decision making that led these people to believe that riding those lines was a good idea. They obviously lack a serious amount of training and knowledge. Nothing in the avy report indicated that riding alpine terrain was safe. I believe this entire group was semi pro.

She is very lucky she got to walk away from this relatively uninjured. From what I've heard, a snowmobiler back there got a broken femur for his efforts. It is unclear if it was avalanche related, but that is the going theory.

I wonder if they would have chosen that line if they didn't have airbags? Putting an awful lot of faith in the system. If this continues, someone will die with their bag inflated. Which will pop eyes and overall will be a good thing. It sucks that it's going to take a life to get ijits like this to understand the risk they are taking.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:24 AM   #24 (permalink)
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My fear for avi's are great and a pack isn't a guarantee....



Maybe I respect and fear avalanches more than most but having a pack has changed me none
I completely know what you mean, but I guess with me sometimes my level of risk is higher than others. I guess it stems from the fact I have no wife or kids, so I have no one depending on me to come home every night.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:28 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Went touring Saturday and there were some people putting down lines I thought were rather dumb. People will generally always push the boundaries. Looks rather bluebird there and still some freshish snow on the ground so they might have had powder fever.

Here is a photo I took Sunday of some steeper terrain right before these guys dropped in. You can also see other lines people went off. What's the aspect of the 'zuma bowl?

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Old 01-31-2012, 09:01 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Here is the write up from BCA.

Sounds like it was a northeast facing line. Exactly what the CAIC was warning about. The article doesn't mention what their decision process was, which I assume there wasn't one.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:13 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Merged the two threads on this subject...
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:24 AM   #28 (permalink)
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herd rumor that folks were testing bags in bc pnw setting off slides with avy sticks...but idk
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:37 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I've heard similar things actually.

There is no doubt that the airbags work and work very well. Especially if you have open terrain to slide out on. The thing is, if you have to activate one, you've already made huge mistakes. I have yet to see one avalanche accident that there were not warning signs to tell a person that maybe they should have not been there. Some obvious, others not as much. Regardless, there is always a clue.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:15 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I wonder how long until some knuckleheads decide to do the next extreme sport of avalanche surfing?
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