Today I cheated death. I found myself in a really bad place with no good options. Myself and two other experienced boarders rode into some cliffs. At first , we were like "hell Yeah, fresh lines, no one has been here since the snow". I've done it at least 6-7 times over the years and never had a problem, but today something went wrong, really wrong. My line generally takes me to the same drop which is always steep, but doable. But this time, the conditions caught me off guard as I went too far to the right and perched on the edge. The snow was too thin. I was too far down to climb back, I had no option but to go down. Even if I took off my board, the slide would have sent me straight into a tree on either side at terminal velocity. The cover was too thin to hold an edge. The guy above me was able to climb back and go around, but I had no choice but to drop, hope my edge held to clear past the tree, which I did barely. It was the most pinnacle moment of my life and I'm still freaked out. I came closer too death today than I have in my entire life. I place the blame squarely on my lack of respect for that spot. I felt a fear today unlike anything I've ever experienced before.
I'm no stranger to risk, spent 20 years jumping out of helicopters in the military. Never, ever did I experience this level of "Oh God, what have I done".
Wondering if anyone else has gotten themselves in a really tight spot up there?
Edited by RiverRat207 - 3/12/15 at 5:37am