So I just got back from Revelstoke, did a day with Selkirk Tangiers. It had snowed pretty heavily the previous few days, so the avalanche danger was moderate to high.
In my group were all guys in their late 30's and 40's, many with kids at home.
Selkirk Tangiers offered a ABS snowpulse backpack rental for $34. Compare this to the $875+ they charged for the trip and $100 for each additional run past the set vertical.
Unbelievably, I was the ONLY in my group of 10 men one who rented the backpack. And I even took a little ribbing from the others in the group for it ("pull the chord!" and the like).
We got back and the end of the day (I got caught in a couple of slough slides, but nothing too serious), and the news from Stevens Pass came in that same day...4 people caught in the same slide, the only one who survived wore an ABS pack.
I don't get it. It can't be a cost thing. These are men with families who likely depend on them. I know my life's worth more than $34.
Is it a macho thing? I really can't figure it out. I know that I wasn't going to rely on a beacon to save me, since by then it's likely too late once you have a bunch of tourists probing the snow for your buried body.
It can't be a weight thing, this pack is very light and I didn't notice it once all day.
I was thinking about this today when I read about the Dutch Prince who was declared basically brain dead after being buried in another avalanche.