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Old 03-11-2010, 11:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The fingers is a dangerous area. High consequence if you choose poorly on a bad day. Like this kid.

Long before I was experienced in BC travel, a kid I knew at DU took a ride back there. He got slammed into the trees and broke both his femurs. At least he lived to talk about it.

It's tender out there no doubt. The snow pack is finally starting to stabilize but we are a few weeks from being out of the worst of it. You can still hit a sweet spot and have it go to hell on you.
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:41 AM   #12 (permalink)
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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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Old 03-11-2010, 11:44 AM   #13 (permalink)
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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.
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Very sad indeed... People definitely need to prepare and educate themselves before heading into the backcountry.

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Old 03-11-2010, 12:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:27 PM   #18 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:41 PM   #20 (permalink)
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saw this on news in am ..sad shit. RIP
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