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Discussion in 'Canada' started by Old Hack, Dec 31, 2011.
More coming out, killed man was a pro ski patroller from Whistler:
Very sad. From briefly reading the story it appears avalanche risk was high when this death occurred. Unfortunately this is just the risk people take when entering the BC.
Very experienced group of four, well equipped and very fit. The victim was carried 1800m over cliffs and through trees. Implication is that death was due to massive trauma rather than burial and asphyxiation. Those guys would have been skiing extreme terrain but well apprised of the risks.
RIP Duncan - we worked together for 3 years in the whistler mtb park and Whistler ski patrol as we were just starting out. HE was a super guy with incredible energy used to ride or skin up to work most days for the workout (!), and overall a most friendly and positive person. Will be missed. Carpe Diem all.
How much risk you take in the backcountry is almost entirely up to you. 1800m slide paths on days with published High avalanche danger can be avoided if you choose to do so.
Sorry to hear a family has lost a member and a snow community has lost a friend and contributor. RIP.
No matter how experienced you are, it's hard to decide not to ski when you've worked so hard to get there. (No idea if that was the case this time, just a general comment).
Indeed. That was one of the factors that lead me to ignore better judgment and end up in an avalanche a few years ago.
Human Factors come into play in nearly every incident.
The physical reasons why an avalanche happened are important: they are explained by the layup of unstable snow on certain types of terrain. However of more importance are the psychological reasons that explain why a person was in the avalanche to begin with, despite their good training and experience. So much so that it is a topic covered in any good avalanche courses these days.
For anyone interested, here is the online version of what gets taught at the introductory level and then consistently re-enforced at the more advanced levels of training:
Very sad. I imagine from his level of expertise he was probably familiar with that danger.