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Old 06-17-2008, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Missing Wolf Creek Snowboarders found

Their bodies were located yesterday.
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MINERAL COUNTY - Deputies confirmed late Monday night two bodies found near the Wolf Creek Ski Area are two snowboarders from Albuquerque, N.M. who have been missing since January.
Michael George and Kyle Kerschen, both 27, were reported missing on January 5.
KOB, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque, reports a snowboard was found near the bodies.
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Going out of bounds can be tragic is you have no idea what to do. I am not really sure what happened, they may have been killed by an avalanche, but I suspect they died of exposure. This underscores the fact that if you find yourself out of bounds, there is no one to help you but yourself and your partners. That's it.
I hope their friends and families can now get some closure. RIP guys.

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Old 06-17-2008, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was at a photo shoot there and was asked to go out of bounds. I declined due to my spidey sense. A big drama ensued as the party of famous riders and photographer got lost. They found there way out about 2 am.

Note: never get in above your head, especially due to peer pressure. YOU CAN DIE! I've been called out many a time and so be it. I love looking at my kids today and know that I made the right choices. Always go with your gut. Trusting someone elses route finding skills.... is sketch unless they are a professional guide.
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Some of us have plenty of backcountry experience and are not guides...

Experience counts for a lot. Using your head is huge. From just about anywhere that you access out of bounds at Wolf Creek you can get to an access road or the highway. Not saying it's easy, but even if you are stuck post holing you can make it. The thing is if you are outside of your comfort zone you may not even try. Just like the lost Keystone Snowboarder. He was gone for a day or two when he got lost out of bounds at Keystone. If he had of just kept going down he would have hit a road that took him back to the highway. I doubt we'll ever know what truly happened to these guys, and it doesn't really matter or change things.
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Where is the road?

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Old 06-17-2008, 12:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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From San Juan worm who is a local in that area.

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you can get to the road from the back.
its just a haul.
Off the South (and west side of the resort I assume) you would have to head west out of the area. It gets really flat but there is a forest service road that 'bilers use back there that would get you out. Same thing if you loop around to the east. I just read that they were found 900ft below the boundary of the resort. So in their case it would have been worth the effort to climb back up to the resort. 900 vertical in that region is no easy feat, especially post holing, but it can be done how ever slowly.
Knowing that a road lies to the North I would have made a beeline for that if I felt I couldn't make the climb.

It always amazes me when people get "lost" on Berthoud Pass. There is a freakin' highway that splits the pass. Just head towards it and you will come out at some point. Almost every year, someone spends a night out freezing their ass off though. It's not so simple at Wolf Creek. On the North Side it can be very difficult to get back to the road. Huge cliffs, ravines, all sorts of pains in the ass to get around. The south side though is not nearly as bad with this, unless you find yourself in the Hourglass area. Most of the terrain is flatter making for some slogging, but you will get to the highway eventually. There is no way these guys would have been near the hourglass terrain.
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The bc there sucks bigtime. If we have a meet down there I might just spend the whole time in it proving how bad it sucks.




Yep, hate that place.
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The first three shots are all from the same area. It's amazing, but as the picture suggests avalanche danger can be very high there. Not only is it a threat going down, but getting out of the danger crosses several paths. Even in high conditions there is a fairly safe way to do it going down. The problem is getting out, you are exposed for a long time. The good news is that there is plenty of other terrain that is safe and reasonable to do even in high avalanche danger times. Hint: don't ride suicide bowl...
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Crazy how flat it looks on google maps
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yeah, that really looks like it sucks.
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I remmeber back in january when the news came out, RIP guys, I think I was actually in Colorado at the time. That first week of january was pretty intense out there, that one kid died in Breck he was from the UK, came with his family for a vacation and flew back in a dead. Then there was also that guy that created the avalanche in Vail pass and died burried.

I have yet to do some real BC. My time in the slopes is kind of limited, just enough to pay at the resort and back in a plane. It would be nice to try it out, but until I move up north and I get proper BC training I don't think I am in shape do it.

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