Quite frankly I think Lou was being abrasive, condescending, and a bit of an asshole with this one. He certainly was not that judgmental of the Stevens Pass or Steve Romeo incidents. The big difference? Skiers is those accidents. Granted Lou considered Steve Romeo a peer.
I respect Lou and he has been doing the backcountry game for longer than just about anyone I know. I have one partner who has maybe been around as long as Lou. Lou also has a dream tick list of descents he has done. I was glad for analysis, but I also find that a lot of it is maybe not so spot on. The so called safe path. Not 100% sure of that. Not sure on being in danger right out the car door either. S&R used that same route in mass for the rescue. S&R generally does not expose their team members to dangerous situations.
There is no question that going out on that ridge was a bad choice. I am stumped by it myself. Before this event happened I was super wary of getting on terrain near and above treeline with large consequence. Made the call a week earlier to not go for the Silver on Buffalo because of snow fall and consequence. Then Harrison went huge, then the Vail pass accident. Certainly the warning was there that we were back to mid winter and lines that could big were going big. So no idea why a terrain trap like that would be chosen, and I think that has stumped Lou too. It just seems like a bit of that snowboarder contempt from the old days seeped through on two of his blogs. Maybe it is just frustration from so many horrible accidents that were completely avoidable in the last two seasons.
Yes there is a lot to be learned from his posts. I just really wish he had of done a classier job presenting this. Lou is better than this.