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post #41 of 68 (permalink) Old 12-19-2011, 04:47 PM
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You should be more worried about trees under the snow that tree wells imo. Snow sharks are out in full force.
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Quick rant on tree wells/backcountry/people that don't know what they're talking about. So there's this girl from Wisconsin that comes out to Colorado for a week around Christmas every year. She posted day to day updates. First day she went to vail and rode groomers. Next day, I read her post. She says she hit up the backcountry at Breck. Hmm Breck didn't have any backcountry except hike to and im sure she didn't hike. Next day. She "fell into an 8ft tree well" at Breck. Really? Even with wind loading I doubt there is anyplace with 8ft of snow.
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Went head first into a tree well on a revelstoke trip. My buddie's got me out, but i panicked really really fast, out of breath within 15 second's and eating snow. That scared the shit out of me but my friend's were laughin about it, i told them that such a well is scary as shit. Man if i didnt have buddies riding with me, id probably be dead right now. You feel sooooo hopeless in those, it is just so frightening. GEEZZZZ.
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Went head first into a tree well on a revelstoke trip. My buddie's got me out, but i panicked really really fast, out of breath within 15 second's and eating snow. That scared the shit out of me but my friend's were laughin about it, i told them that such a well is scary as shit. Man if i didnt have buddies riding with me, id probably be dead right now. You feel sooooo hopeless in those, it is just so frightening. GEEZZZZ.
That's definitely scary. That's how the guy died on Whistler last spring up on Seventh Heaven.


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Went head first into a tree well on a revelstoke trip. My buddie's got me out, but i panicked really really fast, out of breath within 15 second's and eating snow. That scared the shit out of me but my friend's were laughin about it, i told them that such a well is scary as shit. Man if i didnt have buddies riding with me, id probably be dead right now. You feel sooooo hopeless in those, it is just so frightening. GEEZZZZ.
The most important thing you should learn from this is to calm yourself in an emergency. Its really hard to learn, but when you are surfing big waves and taking them on the head paddling out, you have to learn to be chill when you feel like you are in a washing mashine. Being out of control under water for 20 sec feels like 2 minutes.

Stop moving, empty your mind for 1 damn sec and just let it all go and think. Don't make moves that will worsen your situation. Consider clearing snow around your head so you can breathe first, worry about getting out next. Its totally different than surfing, but if the situation were truly life threatening, panicking and freaking out will significantly lower your chances of survival.

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This thread helped save a good friends life yesterday, posted about it here > http://www.snowboardingforum.com/553489-post269.html

I don't think I would've known what was going on otherwise. Probably wouldn't have got him out in time.

But yeah, bump for this thread. It's getting deep out there. Ride safe!
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This thread helped save a good friends life yesterday, posted about it here > http://www.snowboardingforum.com/553489-post269.html

I don't think I would've known what was going on otherwise. Probably wouldn't have got him out in time.

But yeah, bump for this thread. It's getting deep out there. Ride safe!
Man that is insane! Glad you guys made it okey. I stared this thread last year after watching that scary video! Spreading information is critical, as I had no clue what tree wells were either.

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now that im scared shitless,

Does one need to worry about this for march park city area riding like ill be doing this march.

Im talking about the hiking from mcconkeys and jupiter or rhino or ozone.
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now that im scared shitless,

Does one need to worry about this for march park city area riding like ill be doing this march.

Im talking about the hiking from mcconkeys and jupiter or rhino or ozone.
You always have to be worried about tree wells. Ride glades with a partner and with a whistle. Tell your partner to keep an eye on you over his shoulder or vise versa. Its easy to get seperated in the glades. Happens all the time.
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