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So this is what an avalanche looks like when it hits you (GoPro footage)

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"Light told KDVR that the avalanche occurred on the west side of the Berthoud Pass parking lot, near Nitro Chute, a region of the high mountain pass that On The Snow categorizes as an expert. The Denver Post reports that Light deployed his avalanche air bag and was not seriously injured..."

 

Rest of the story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/21/colorado-skier-captures-h_n_4640200.html

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Sweet all I need is a air bag! No need for a partner or transceiver or knowledge for that matter. Go Pro, check, Air Bag, Check, Stupidity , Check!   

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I have not done much backcountry skiing out west but the airbag seems like a good idea to me...in addition to education, beacon, shovel, probe, etc.  I would rather stay on top, or have my companions stay on top, then have to locate and dig with a deadly time limit on survival.

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Do we know this guy didn't dig a snow pit?  He has a partner and a walkie talkie and an airbag... maybe he has a probe, shovel and transmitter.  The terrain doesn't seem crazy and I couldn't tell if he triggered it or not since it seemed to be coming from the side.  He is lucky to be able to say he walked away from this uninjured.

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Having the latest gear is great. Avoiding known bad conditions is better.

 

He says 'he knows he should have avoided the run'. Then why did he ski it? Because he had an airbag? ???

post #6 of 10

When you do stuff like that, it's a very good idea to have an airbag.

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I'm glad to see he's okay, and I'm sure he's happy he had an airbag, too.  The video is another sobering example for all of us about knowing better (he said he should have avoided that run?), but going and doing something anyway.  We're all trying to stack the odds in our favor with education, information, good decision making, and ultimately the correct safety gear if all goes wrong.  

 

T. - www.wasatchreport.com

post #8 of 10

And this is what an avalanche looks like when it kills you (don't worry...nobody dies here):

 

  

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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
 

When you do stuff like that, it's a very good idea to have an airbag.

 

Agreed, but as you know, better still would not be getting into the situation to begin with.

 

You have to wonder whether he would have chosen to ski that "risky" slope if he didn't have an airbag, and if he wouldn't have, why did he end up on it with a bag?

 

One of the things that stuck in avy 1 was to evaluate all terrain as if I was going to ski it without any safety equipment whatsoever.

 

If I wasn't willing to ski it with no gear, why would I want to ski it geared up? To act like you are safer with the gear is ignoring that you are less safe if the gear is giving you a false sense of security.

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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

 

Agreed, but as you know, better still would not be getting into the situation to begin with.

 

You have to wonder whether he would have chosen to ski that "risky" slope if he didn't have an airbag, and if he wouldn't have, why did he end up on it with a bag?

 

One of the things that stuck in avy 1 was to evaluate all terrain as if I was going to ski it without any safety equipment whatsoever.

 

If I wasn't willing to ski it with no gear, why would I want to ski it geared up? To act like you are safer with the gear is ignoring that you are less safe if the gear is giving you a false sense of security.

 

I agree with you completely.  I was just trying to follow my mom's advice about "if you can't say something nice...".

 

The nicest thing I could think of was something along the lines of if you're going douse yourself with gasoline and then light up a cigarette, it's a very good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy.

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