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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-05-2012, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Snowboarder dies in tree well at whistler (in bounds)

Sad.

It was in bounds, but technically that area feel very much like any out of bounds area. I have been in there alone and felt VERY alone. So sad. Ill always make sure i have a buddy with me in areas like that.

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tree wells are scary, since I started that thread early this season, I learned alot about them, and when I go boarding, I stay away from trunkless, low branched trees,

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Poor guy. That must have been a terrifying way to go.

Is there anything one can do in that situation?

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Poor guy. That must have been a terrifying way to go.

Is there anything one can do in that situation?

Yes.
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Can you wear an avalung under your jacket and if you gt caught unzip and use it, or is it mean that the mouth piece is always within mouth reach?
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I saw a guy wearing one, and he had his at about shoulder height, id assume as long as u can get that piece to your mouth you are good to go.
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An Avalung is meant to be worn on out the outside of you jacket. Also, how do you propose to unzip your jacket, get the mouthpiece out, and put it in while you are upside down in a tree well? At best your movement is going to be restricted considerably. If you don't get the Avalung in your mouth within the first few seconds on falling in, you are probably not going to be able to with the snow collapsing around you, tree branches blocking your movement, and such. Now add in trying to unzip a jacket to the equation...
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I saw a guy wearing one, and he had his at about shoulder height, id assume as long as u can get that piece to your mouth you are good to go.
I would start riding in deep stuff with that already in my mouth...

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I'm no expert, but I would imagine a whistle, phone, possibly beacon or having a buddy with you are about the only things you can do after you're already in there. In avalung wouldn't do much anyway. You're basically just delaying the inevitable. Granted someone could stumble upon you, but I wouldn't rely on that. Cell phone has the same problem as the avalung though so...

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Very sobering story for sure. I ride trees all the time inbounds, almost always with buddies, but I doubt we are good enought about sticking real close to eachother when the pow shredding starts.
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