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Don't be that guy

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Uh oh. Patroller chasing a toboggan with a patient in it at Mammoth:
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You had ONE JOB!  One!

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^roflmao.gif
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:eek

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Ho - leeee....

 

Does anyone know what happened? This was in the comments, but I don't know if it's accurate: "I was there, the guy in the slow motion scene with his hands up. The patrol gal on lead buckled in the powder and blew out her knee. The sled went over her with the second patrolman hanging on to the rope and he just got pulled until he got buried behind it. He got up and chased it down. Both the sled and the patrolman caught some serious air before the sled landed and rode up into some small trees and stopped. The injured guy was super lucky he didn't die in this incident.:

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:O

At my local mountain the lead patroller running a toboggan usually has a so-called "suicide strap" across their chest from the end of each handle so that if they ever bail, the ensuing tangle hopefully slows the toboggan enough that the patroller with the rope can stop it or at least control the descent... not sure how the patrollers feel about it, though.
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That poor guy though he was having a bad day before the patroller got there.....

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That's it! If I blow out a knee or break a leg, I'm skiing down on one ski.:p  I hope I don't break both at once.

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It looks like a Direct TV commercial.."and when you're tired because your wife is banging your neighbour, you lose control of the toboggan and have to chase it down the hill.  Don't chase the toboggan down the hill..."

 

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A brake system would be in order about now. Same with sit-skis. I've had one or two run-aways with sit skiers.
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A brake system would be in order about now. Same with sit-skis. I've had one or two run-aways with sit skiers.

I'm pretty sure that was a Cascade brand toboggan, and they come with a chain brake like this, viewed looking back at the nose from in front of the 'bog:


The chain, when deployed, slides under the nose of the 'bog and causes drag, but I'd bet a donut that the chain brake wasn't deployed in that video. That could be due to a couple of things: for some reason, the patroller might not have undone the bungee cord that holds the brake up, or sometimes the chain will flip up and over into the nose of the 'bog so that it won't slip under. Both are auto-fail situations for the patroller in the handles of the 'bog.

I train patrollers in toboggan handling, and I tell them in all seriousness to just kill themselves if they ever let go of a toboggan with someone in it.
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Thanks for the information Bob.
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That's it! If I blow out a knee or break a leg, I'm skiing down on one ski.tongue.gif   I hope I don't break both at once.

Heh. Last winter I had an instructor with a badly blown knee get a little concerned about my taking the toboggan down a difficult area with her in it, asking me if I was sure I could handle it. She was in the middle of a remote, heavily gladed and bumped black diamond run on a powder day. I told her that I was open to alternatives, but she couldn't come up its anything. So, okay, hang on. It went fine. cool.gif
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Heh. Last winter I had an instructor with a badly blown knee get a little concerned about my taking the toboggan down a difficult area with her in it, asking me if I was sure I could handle it. She was in the middle of a remote, heavily gladed and bumped black diamond run on a powder day. I told her that I was open to alternatives, but she couldn't come up its anything. So, okay, hang on. It went fine. cool.gif

 

I can't say that I blame her, especially if you were skiing with those busted heel pieces..

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Heh. Last winter I had an instructor with a badly blown knee get a little concerned about my taking the toboggan down a difficult area with her in it, asking me if I was sure I could handle it. She was in the middle of a remote, heavily gladed and bumped black diamond run on a powder day. I told her that I was open to alternatives, but she couldn't come up its anything. So, okay, hang on. It went fine. cool.gif

I can't say that I blame her, especially if you were skiing with those busted heel pieces..

roflmao.gif I actually wondered whether to mention that in my reply. Every so often I get a certain amount of...pushback concerning my tele gear on evacuations in gnarlier spots.

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Edit to add some epicski trivia: the guy that pulled @evansilver's partner out after a bad hip accident was on tele gear. They seemed content about it.
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Uh oh. Patroller chasing a toboggan with a patient in it at Mammoth:


Now that I can breathe again, have not laughed this hard in a while, but come on, the poor sod in the cradle was another patroller I trust, a training exercise gone badly wrong, not a real 'client' and how did this train-wreck end !! Damn, would be nice to know, that is some clip..!! 

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Mr. Lee: The YouTube commentariat had this pithy observation, the guy in the video with his hands up supposedly - Holy guacamole...just quoting the commentary

 

I was there, the guy in the slow motion scene with his hands up. The patrol gal on lead buckled in the powder and blew out her knee. The sled went over her with the second patrolman hanging on to the rope and he just got pulled until he got buried behind it. He got up and chased it down. Both the sled and the patrolman caught some serious air before the sled landed and rode up into some small trees and stopped. The injured guy was super lucky he didn't die in this incident.
 
Talk about close shaves, that sled took out not one but two patrollers, wow!
 
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