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tree well death on Big Mtn + tree well safety

this happened last week but i did not hear about it til today...

http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articl..._resort/37359/

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The son arrived at the bottom of the ski run and returned to the top of the run and retraced their route after his father did not show up. The man's son discovered his father’s skis protruding from the tree well, according to the sheriff’s office.
kid was 14 and finds his dad like that, damn this kinda freaked me out today

this was right in a small area of tight trees and all these rocks and mini chutes, it's my go to spot that i hit pretty much everytime i go up, fuck

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Good lord. I feel so bad for that kid. No one should ever have to find anyone that way. RIP to that guy as well.
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That's horrible. Hate it for that kid.
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earlier in the season when it was deep i would go though that area 3-4 runs a day. my kid (also 14) did get into a well back there, but he was rightside up (chest deep though) and i was only 15ft away. he had to dig down to his bindings and unclip both feet, took him 15 mins to get out...now we both have whistles and stay is sight of eachother, but still, anything could happen. i heard this story in the liftline today and just felt so damn bad about it i did one more run and just left

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Condolences to the family.

I'd suggest rig a loop on the ratchets if ur riding deep and in treewells hazards...all of my bindings now have it, very easy and cheap...0.25 cents. Of course not a guarantee but it helps and really no downside.
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trying to wrap my head around that wrathful...both the black wire and the cord? you just pull and your straps will pop?
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trying to wrap my head around that wrathful...both the black wire and the cord? you just pull and your straps will pop?
The black wire is for the split board Spark touring pins...though this year changed over to the Afterburner tesla/pinless bindings.

Its just the red cord...I use a 3/8" stiffer cord so that the cord stands up...iirc 8-9" total lengh...but its easy and you just need enough slack to be able to put the ratchets on the ladders. I've had no problem with the loop catching an anything. One pair I drilled a small hole, the others I just looped and wired (copper) wrapped the loop (no drilling the ratchet tabs). When doing laps its super easy to release and its a bit easier at the top of the chair. I've read that a few folks will even run another length of cord up their pants leg...so they can release their board if caught in an avy.


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Wrath, that's a really interesting mod. Have you given a little thought to doing a more in depth DIY post for that one?

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Wrath, that's a really interesting mod. Have you given a little thought to doing a more in depth DIY post for that one?
ahh...no...its very simple...cord with a loop on each ratchet (ankle and toe) and use a piece of wire to cinch the loop. Highly reversible mod if ya don't like it....and will probably not void the warranty.


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yeah, seems a good idea...maybe some close-up pics....thinking i should do it though, like you say, no downside
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