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Old 04-01-2012, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i'm not talking about BC riding, I'm talking about in-bounds resort riding only. My buddy is convinced he needs a beacon next year but all he rides is in-bounds resort stuff (and nothing I would call overly extreme). I think it's kind of pointless unless you're riding with a group of people who also have beacons, probes, shovels etc, and I can't see that happening in this situation. Am I wrong to think it's a waste of money....he was also talking about the inflatable avi-packs at one point...or is he just a touch too paranoid? Discuss please
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As long as you're not ducking ropes, it's completely pointless. In fact, it kinda reminds me of this guy:





Full avalanche gear and and a climbing harness at Beaver Creek. Not to mention multiple GoPro cameras. On second thought, He should get all that stuff. Seeing him riding around on mild inbounds terrain with an avi-pack on should get some chuckles.

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Old 04-01-2012, 08:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Depents on where he is gonna ride. If your talking about out west on real mtns than sure, why not. If your talking about PA, NC, MD, then he's retarded.
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I love the harness. Also the fact that he can't operate his own bindings is sweet too.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Depents on where he is gonna ride. If your talking about out west on real mtns than sure, why not. If your talking about PA, NC, MD, then he's retarded.
I think the OP makes a good point. If none of his buddy's have the system or the probes, shovels etc. then what's the point? The resorts around Calgary do a pretty good job of avalanche control. There was a person caught in one in fernie a few years back, but that's the only one I've heard about.

Without someone near you that can rescue you, isn't it just a corpse beacon at that point?
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I love the harness. Also the fact that he can't operate his own bindings is sweet too.

I think he also has 2 Gopros on his helmet and a Contour cam. Also I think there is a 3rd GoPro attached to his Ski boot. I would really like to see some of his edits. lol Either this guy is an idiot or a genius, I haven't decided yet.
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Dunno. Ski patrol carries them and the are just a cell call away.

Super low probability anyone would ever need one out west. Even less chance on the east coast.... Better chances of dieing by shark attack. If it makes him happy and he has the money then fuck it.
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I have to admit that I laughed at some dude opening week here with full avy gear. Skier.
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I would say the probability of needing the gear, and actually having it work while riding solo (no one else has the gear) makes it pretty pointless. Has this person never ridden big mountains or something?
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When I go the baker, i see that most people wear one
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