Originally Posted by JayT
Jesus H. Christ. I really didn't want to post in this stupid thread again, but here goes...
I have never, ever (at least before this thread) heard or read of someone talking about going with their gut or trusting their instincts in an aggressive type of manner. Being oblivious is not by any means going with your gut, it just makes you an ignorant idiot who may or may not get lucky. The only time I've ever heard it used is conservatively, as in, let's turn around because it doesn't feel right, or let's not ski this face and go with something more mellow because I have a bad feeling about it. Who the hell ever said anywhere that they would ever use their gut instinct to trump basic observations and snow science?
Happens all the time.
For instance, all the people feeling comfy about taking sidecountry laps with no gear. Even though they own it, and may in general meet a casual definition of "experienced." But, in their gut, they know it's safe so the gear don't matter. If, say, TPJ or Bob Peters haven't seen lots of experienced skiers trusting their "gut" in this regard in Jackson sidecountry,, I'll defer to their views. But, I expect they know something about this phenomenon.
Or, your belief that in general the trees are safer. Not only wrong, but you've seen very clear exposition in this thread of both the why trees in general demand a heightened level of caution, and also read direct quotes from a number of the best authorities to this effect. But, your gut, as well as social proof, keep telling you something different. So, I have every confidence that this year you'll go and treat the trees as, in general being safer. Hard to believe for people who are clueful, but there it is.
Or, any number of accidents, where people went with a "gut" feel that trees would be islands of safety when any basic analysis would have shown that they weren't. Or had a gut that a tree at the edge of a rollover would be a safe place to dig a pit. That kind of thing. Or one fatality in Jackson sidecountry last season, where the party was WARNED BY GUIDES that their objective was dangerous, and went with their gut anyway.
Happens all the time.