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Death and Skiing

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Fascinating article about ski mountaineering by Nick Paumgarten in this week's New Yorker. Unfortunately it is not featured in the on-line edition, but maybe worth the $5 newsstand price to those interested in skiing the wild snow beyond the ski area boundary. You might find it at the library if you can't get it at your general store or don't want to spring a fin.

The subject of much of the piece is Andrew McLean, well known ski mountaineer and author of "The Chuting Gallery". Both author and subject have had people close to them (family or friends/party members) "lost to the mountains" yet continue to pursue their passion for skiing exposed lines and avalanche prone terrain. They exercise the normal safety precautions but are clearly aware that the risk of serious injury or death is always there in mountains in winter. The risk might in some strange way be part of the attraction. Non-skiers will not get it, but I think anyone who has successfully skied deep powder and has experienced the harsh raw beauty of the high alpine will understand. I might be in a third group somewhere inbetween but I think it's a must read for armchair adventurers like myself who like to ski offpiste.

The writer refers to the proliferation of inbounds powder skiers as "scrubbing bubbles", cleaning up the untracked in an hour or so. If you want to ski some more powder, you need to go further OB to get beyond the scrubbing bubbles. When you do, be prepared.
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Originally Posted by telerod15
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Fascinating article about ski mountaineering by Nick Paumgarten in this week's New Yorker.

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Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try to find a copy.

Andrew is a very interesting person - highly intelligent, great sense of humor, and incredibly humble about his unbelievable accomplishments.

Bob
post #3 of 6
Great article. It's worth finding a copy.
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Outside magazine as well

Andrew is also the subject of an article in the most recent Outside magazine.
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Originally Posted by telerod15
.....the proliferation of inbounds powder skiers as "scrubbing bubbles", cleaning up the untracked in an hour or so.
Sounds about right...........
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L7 is a scrubbing bubble...
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