Originally Posted by guest1
Why a "false sense of security"? Having competent companions, and all the protection you can find, allows you to up the limits of what you can attempt. When alone, I ski more conservative lines than I do when I have with me my "safety devices" -- beacon, competent companions, etc. OF COURSE these devices allow me to do lines I would not otherwise attempt. That's what they are for.
Here is an example: A couple years ago I was mountain biking with a friend . We went down a new trail that had a lot of north shore style tricks built on it. Neither of us had any padding or body armour, just helmets and gloves. We are both quite confident mt bikers. We rode some of the tricks conservativly ie; log rides (that were'nt too high in the air) took smaller jumps etc. Rode within our comfort zone.
A week later this same guy went and rode the same trail all armoured up. He attempted a gap jump and did a header. He broke a couple vertibraes in his neck. He never worked or biked or skiied for over 2 years. He will tell you today that he never had the balls to attempt this jump till he put on the body armour. Would you not call this example of safety gear giving a person a false sense of security?
I was born in and grew up in the mountains. I have played in the back country pretty much my whole life. I've ski toured for at least the last 15 years. And yes I do pack and know how to use, a beacon, shovel and probes and do tour with very competent partners. And yes I do ski slopes over 30 degrees, but there are days I will pass up these tempting slopes as well. I've never been buried or even been involved in a burial (and hope I never will). Had close calls? Oh hell yes, and learned a lot because of them. I am 41yrs old now and the adrenaline junkie part of me has mellowed out somewhat. I still like to push the envelope but my level of acceptable risk is lower than 10 years ago.
Another issue about wearing all this safety gear is weight. My touring day pack weighs in right around 20lbs. How much more weight do you want to carry? I don't imagine a avalung weighs much but I would think the inflatable airbag system would be getting up there.
Just my humble thoughts