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Alpine Skiing going the way of Alpine Mountaineering/Rock Climbing

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Are we beginning to see the outcome of a generally accepted higher risk level for the sport?

 

I am reading Camp 4, about Yosemite Big Wall climbing. It had a historical perspective: paraphrase: up until 1961 no one had died rock climbing in Yosemite. From 1961 until 1990 32 climbers died. It was thought that a turning point had been reached.

 

I would say that when Shane died, skiing lost its innocence.

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Uhh...BASE jumping was dangerous well before one of its more recent fatalities.  Rock climbing ain't generally that dangerous.  A LOT of people climb in Yosemite these days, not many did in the 50s.  With big numbers come a few more absolute numbers of unhappy outcomes.

 

Resort skiing is real safe, even safer than climbing, though obviously with potential risk.

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