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Story about 2003 B.C. Avalanche

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A month after the accident my friends and I were at Gmoser's operation out of Revelstoke (CMH). Of course we all wanted to know about what happened from their perspective. Perhaps self-serving, they said there are places you go and places you don't and that was one of the places you don't.
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Sad to read that Frank Baumann has passed away. Had some nice contact with him when working on my Master's thesis.
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The second major avalanche that was mentioned in the article, the one involving the school kids, is the one that really freaked everyone out. Experienced bc adult skiers can decide to defer to the guide, or not, but these kids were in no way decision makers and had to rely totally on the guides. I don't remember the details, but I am pretty sure there are no more bc school trips.

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The kids on the trip were on the opposite side of the valley of a huge slide. There really wasn't a lot of 'stupid guides!' stuff going on with that one as I recall. The larger lesson is/was to be aware of the extent of runout zones... Yes, sometimes they go significantly uphill.
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The kids on the trip were on the opposite side of the valley of a huge slide. There really wasn't a lot of 'stupid guides!' stuff going on with that one as I recall. The larger lesson is/was to be aware of the extent of runout zones... Yes, sometimes they go significantly uphill.

Tough lesson learned here all too often when a big one goes off up in one of the canyons.
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Kathy Polucha Kessler was a light in a lot of people's eyes around here. And if you live at Donner Lake and have water to drink you can thank her. I hope the book is better than this cheesy article and does justice to her memory and the memory of the others who died that day.

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One of the guys was from here, and is buried nearby. Always thought it was a really cool headstone. (photos not mine)

 

 

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I was living in BC at the time and clearly remember both incidents having huge impact across the wintersports community because it seemed unthinkable that so many people could be involved in each incident.  Think they probably changed my attitude toward risk/reward and group decision making.

 

The article is disappointing in the cavalier way it refers to smaller group sizes and airbags being the solution rather than the more problematic area of human heuristics and the expert halo.

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