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Had put the below post elsewhere but was rethinking... maybe it's worth to have a thread where we can learn from each others faults...

Worst situation on board I went through goes hand in hand with the dumbest thing I've ever done (actually a series of ridiculous dumb things, we NEVER do at home). New resort. No avy gear (#1). No knowledge of terrain (#2). But unexpected beautiful pow. See some guys going under the ropes, one with a badge from this resort on his jacket. Assumed (#3), he knows his way. Followed their tracks (#4) (somehow hypnotized by all the fluff). I got slightly below the track (#5) and around a bend I ended up at the top of a huge cliff (100m+). No way out. I HAD to take the board off and climb/crawl/fight my way up thru hip deep pow to get back to the tracks 3m further up where hubby was waiting plain pale.. These were the most scary minutes ever. And what a relief to have the board attached again, traverse the cliff, go down to the next bar, beer, breathe, reboot brain. No more pow runs that day.

Never follow tracks you don't know where they lead. If dumb enough to follow, stay well uphill till you see around a bend. No... wait... never follow tracks you don't know where they lead!
 

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This season I went to Beaver Creek. I went into a backcountry gate I knew nothing about and hiked out kinda far. I strapped in and rode some nice powder briefly. It started getting thinner with rocks and logs so I followed a track out.

I did a very similar stupid powder hunting move. I ended up being cliffed out by myself over a very steep drop off that had no snow. It looked like it already slid at one time. It was a mix of dirt and ice. I unstrapped and slipped. I was able to grap a pine tree, but dropped my board. It went flying down the cliff. Thankfully a tree stopped it. I had to straddle trees and monkey bar them to get down to my board. Then I was stuck in waist deep flat snow. It was the worst hours ever on the mountain.

So yeah don't do stupid stuff on the mountain like go into a backcountry gate with no gear or knowledge of area.
 

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Being a relative NooB and not having any big mountain riding under my belt yet,..

I gotta say I'm glad to be reading these posts! Cuz it sounds EXACTLY like the kind of dumb assed move I'd be likely to make if I hadn't read someone else's account of similar stupidity first!!

Thanks!! (...absolutely NO sarcasm intended!) ;)
 

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My first trip to Baker was also the first time I encountered those plastic bags people wear on rainy days. It was the early ninetees and outerwear was not very waterproof. When the rain started we all grabbed those plastic bags and headed back out. We were above a cliff when I lost my balance and fell bacwards into the hill, basically sitting down. As soon as that friggin plastic hit the snow I was gone. Slid right off the cliff, safety grabbed and narrowly avoided way too many trees. Also narrowly avoided loading my drawers with poop.

So don't ever sit down when you are wearing one of those stupid plastic bags people wear on rainy days.
 

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Know your run:

In bounds at Whistler this year, entered what looked like a great gladed run under one of the lifts (mid mountain or so). Was flying along, came through a couple trees and found myself on top of an ice waterfall about 20 feet high. Luckily I stayed above it, and was able to find a line through it, but if I had been really charging through there I'd be lying in a heap at the bottom, wondering if anyone had got the licence plate from that truck! :yahoo:

So before going crazy on ANY run (park, glades, cliffs, wide open groomer, etc.)

KNOW YOUR RUN!

Edit: here's a pic of the offending spot now! I came through the two trees at the very top left of this pic.

 

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Only thing you did wrong, is duck a rope in unfamiliar terrain. I say, follow tracks at a "new to you" resort. That's how you find "stashes". Looking farther ahead and general mountain awareness.....you'll be fine, provided you're in control.
 

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Being a relative NooB and not having any big mountain riding under my belt yet,..

I gotta say I'm glad to be reading these posts! Cuz it sounds EXACTLY like the kind of dumb assed move I'd be likely to make if I hadn't read someone else's account of similar stupidity first!!

Thanks!! (...absolutely NO sarcasm intended!) ;)
yea me too
 
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