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Old 02-12-2012, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This can't possibly be a good idea, right? Today when I was coming over the Loveland pass I saw a guy sitting on a boulder with his two kids at the summit and he was holding an inner tube type thing you would pull behind a boat. I'm assuming he was using it to go 'sledding'. Besides the danger from the obvious avalanche risk there is the matter of stopping and turning to avoid trees, skiers and boarders, and other obstacles or terrain. This seems reckless enough for an adult to be doing but to be subjecting your 2 small kids to this danger and stupidity is absolutely nuts. Am I worried about nothing and it's not nearly as dangerous as it looks? Has anyone seen this before?

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Old 02-13-2012, 01:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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People are fucking retarded.

There are a million places to take your kids sledding, tons, shitloads of snow on the whole front range and elsewhere.

Maybe he was pushing them along a 10 foot flat spot?

The territory up there is pretty rugged.

I would trip a little seeing that up there myself.
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This wasn't just some small sledding hill. It was at 11,990' at the summit of Loveland Pass on busy weekend with a whole bunch of backcountry skiers. To get to a flat spot you'd have to hike down a bit then hike back up the mountain to get to your car. Just makes no sense to take your kids sledding there.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I see families up on the pass all the time.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmmm haven't heard much about sledding on Loveland Pass. Sledding/tubing has been banned at Berthoud Pass. Mostly because people are dumbshits and would sled in spots that were too steep. They'd go careening into the parking lot and generally hit a parked car. Watched something like a 6 yr old kid run down, take a little flight and pancake into a Ford Explorer. Blood coming off of his face, looked rather dizzy, the family freaked out, packed him up and off to the hospital. There was another one that season where flight for life had to come in and take the person. So that one was rather jacked up. People still go up there and sled of course, until the Forest Dis-service kicks them out or writes a ticket. Hasn't been any Forest Service presence at Bert that I have seen this year. Of course I'll bet good money we'll see them this coming weekend...
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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sounds like Clark Griswald
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I heard people do this on Tuckersman ravine in NH as well. Seems particularly stupid when sometime during the weekend hundred of people show up to drop in.

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