Btw, and this is a personal gripe, but unless your friends have done a L3 they are not certified. All taking a L1 or L2 course does is guarantee that you slept through it. There is no pass/fail component to the course. That doesn't happen until L3 where you spend $800 and then fail the course at the end if you are not extremely practiced.
Regardless, most people do a lot more than sleep through the course, it just isn't a certification. For the record I have done through my Level 2. Pretty sure I didn't sleep through them, but I am also not certified.
With the terrain in East Vail, Airbags would be of small help a lot of the time. Avoidance is the only sure fire tool. Sounds boring, but yet a lot of fun can be had with experience.
I can go on and on. I think it is worthy and I am tired of bodies being pulled out of the backcountry. One is too many. This was worth $20 of my money. I would just probably piss it away on something else that would have much less of an impact anyway.
Last edited by killclimbz; 02-04-2014 at 11:04 AM.