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killclimbz 03-03-2013 09:42 PM

Cameron Pass Avalanche Fatality.
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I am reluctant to post this because the Denver Post articles is just plain horrible. A snowboarder was killed though regardless of the reporting. I certainly hope it was not a member of this forum. I am sure the CAIC report will be a little more factual and well researched.

One killed, one injured in avalanche near Cameron Pass in Colorado - The Denver Post

RIP fellow shredder.

ETM 03-03-2013 09:47 PM


Avalanche lung floatation device? That reporter really done his homework.

Treegreen 03-03-2013 10:00 PM


Originally Posted by ETM (Post 798090)

Avalanche lung floatation device? That reporter really done his homework.

I'm more interested in the 40ft deep part. Having said that, the survivor is really lucky if he actually made it buried for 90 minutes. I cannot think of something more terrifying, to be honest.

DrnknZag 03-04-2013 12:11 AM

Just saw this checking CAIC this afternoon. Damn, RIP.

Snow was getting pretty heavy in the Vail sidecountry today. Pinwheeling and a small wet slide. Any idea if the warming played a part in this one?

killclimbz 03-04-2013 09:13 AM

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For sure the warm temps are having an effect. Unfortunately we have a snow pack stacked on top of a house of cards right. My plans for our tour tomorrow have backed off a ton already. Things can change in 24 hours, but it seems like we are in a snowy cycle. Probably going to have to play the conservative game. Bummer. There are still fun steep lines to be done, but a couple of the alpine shots are most likely out of the question. The three drainage tour has been great, and the roadside laps might be really good tomorrow too. We'll have a good time that is for sure.

killclimbz 03-31-2013 08:51 AM

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The Denver Post has made up for their crappy article with a rather good one about the accident. Jason Blevins wrote it and it is no surprise that it is well done. Jason is a well versed bc traveler and has done a good job on articles of this nature before. Sad, but a very good read none the less.

Colorado skier felt life fading during 3 hours buried in avalanche - The Denver Post

Hose91 03-31-2013 11:42 AM

Well balanced journalism
Read these two articles in reverse order. Seems like the original report was updated to maybe not be quite as crappy, but this recent piece was really well done.

I know next to nothing about life in the BC, but thought that the accounts of how it went down and the stories from the various parties told a balanced tale. Seems like its hard to find that kind of unbiased reporting these days. I'm not sure I'll ever be a BC or even sidecountry caliber boarder, but articles like these are a great way to get a glimpse into all the aspects that go into it. Well done and thanks to Killclimbz for sharing it. It is sad, but there's something to be said for living life to its fullest, and for doing something you love to the end.

DrnknZag 04-01-2013 09:36 AM

Saw your link on FB to this article on Saturday. Pretty heavy read, glad the guy made it out alive.

One thing I'm wondering is if they had trouble isolating the two signals, did they turn off the beacon on the guy they found first and still have trouble with the second signal?

killclimbz 04-01-2013 12:42 PM

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Good question Zag. I have no idea. From the sounds like the beacon was turned off to me, but they don't explicitly state that either. Regardless, when you are that close in, that shouldn't be much of an issue. A few things come to mind. That person may have had a cell phone on, Go Pro/POV device, or other electronic device. Could have also been a compatibility issue with the beacon, or maybe it was getting out of flux. Hard to say. I am sure CAIC will follow up on it with their findings once they have put more time into it.

walove 04-01-2013 12:44 PM

yeah the beacon signal issue was odd?

In theory the two signals could be pinging at the exact same time, but at 457hz that would be hard to imagine. I wonder if they were using a multiple burial feature to block the first signal and it was blocking both? I notice that it can take up to 30 sec for my dsp to separate signals and indicate when multiple beacons are close by.

Frequency drift caused by an older beacon? nice feature on the dsp is that you can check other beacons to ensure they are still operating on 457hz.

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