Atomicman, FWIW, because I've spent time reading your posts over the years and know that you're generally a peace loving guy, I get your point and understand the tone. In the meantime, its sad to see people we hold in high regard pass so soon.
As Crgildart said, If the risks weren't high then why was Elyse wearing an Air Bag?
As I noted, I know Elyse, and I think that parts of her interview that you posted about were generated from being in shock(and disbelief).
No arm chair quarterbacking, no indignance intended, just peace to the family(s) and friends for people who took risks to have a great day and paid the highest price.
I took a ski camp with Elyse Saugstad as one of the instructors last year. Listening to her words is very sobering
One thing is clear........that airbag was the best investment she ever made!
I had the privilege to meet and hang out with Jim Jack several years ago. Ironically we met during a four day avalanche training. I found JJ to be a very smart and fun person to train and party with. I didn't know him well, but genuinely liked him and enjoyed our time together. I felt like he went out of his way to be nice to me. I am deeply saddened to hear of his death. This makes about a half dozen people I know who have died in avalanches. About the same number in kayaking accidents. Sadly we lost a veteran S&R member in a heli crash this week in JH. This is a small town and I knew him as well. Please be careful out there and enjoy every sandwich.
Thanks for the thought. I think I'll enjoy my sandwich and I'll toast to Big Wally while I'm at it.