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03-13-2010 07:18 PM
burritosandsnow I think many novices vastly underestimate the force and speed of even small avalanches and believe that the trees will actually help them by stopping them. Of course those with more experience know what the true reality is....
03-11-2010 09:41 PM
DrGreeNThumB420 saw this on news in am ..sad shit. RIP
03-11-2010 02:40 PM
Originally Posted by tomtom88 View Post
Fluid, I'm diggin' the new avatar.
haha thx! I am surprised no one noticed the new couch! hehe
03-11-2010 02:27 PM
killclimbz Well education may have led them to walk away from the slope. The best way to survive an avalanche is to not get caught in one in the first place. That is where education and experience is invaluable. I've hiked miles to get to spots and ended up just turning around because of conditions.

The Fingers, Witches chutes, steep gullies, whatever you want to call them, do have a few options to limit your exposure. Nothing is great though, and dense trees to populate the run out zone. Not a good thing if you get carried.

We now have a name of the snowboarder. Daniel Michelotti. The news report is that he died of suffocation. If that is the case, avy gear and competent could have saved his life. The earlier reports from CAIC stated that he died from trauma from being slammed into the trees. I got a hunch CAIC's report is correct. Either way Daniel is no longer with us.

RIP Daniel.
03-11-2010 02:00 PM
Originally Posted by dharmashred View Post
This is awful. It's so sad that it could possibly have been prevented by education and training. When the shit hits the fan and you have no idea what to do, you've just decreased your survival chances drastically.

RIP rider.
If they were where I think they were, when the shit hits the fan there, you're screwed whether you know what you're doing or not. Any slide is highly likely to carry you into a dense stand of trees that you're going to be pin balling off of.

In that area, the only solution is prevention or, in these conditions, staying the hell away.
03-11-2010 01:31 PM
dharmashred This is awful. It's so sad that it could possibly have been prevented by education and training. When the shit hits the fan and you have no idea what to do, you've just decreased your survival chances drastically.

RIP rider.
03-11-2010 12:13 PM
tomtom88 Fluid, I'm diggin' the new avatar.
03-11-2010 11:45 AM
FLuiD Very sad indeed... People definitely need to prepare and educate themselves before heading into the backcountry.

Checking in alive and well here!
03-11-2010 11:44 AM
linvillegorge Yeah, I'm definitely getting certified next season. I really wanted to this season, but with work, I just did not have the time. Well enough, because this season has not been one to learn on anyway. If you want to play in the CO backcountry this season, you better REALLY know your shit.

And for the most part, the idiots riding Loveland Pass know nothing about avalanche awareness. I wouldn't ride that pass right now regardless. Sure, you may know what you're doing, but that isn't going to help you if one of those other idiots trigger a slide onto you.
03-11-2010 11:41 AM
neednsnow No Good, No Good! Just ordered my Snow Sense from Amazon, today. I'm hoping to be a "just moved to" guy in the next year or two for a season. I hope to get the avy gear together over this off-season and get trained next season. I wanted to do the Intro training this Feb in New Hampshire, but didn't have the gear.
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