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How many of you tour solo in the BC..?

post #1 of 17
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Do you think its safe? I do it all the time. I do some long tours and ski some gnar by myself. I even ski the bc during storm cycles on low angle terrain I feel is safe.

Thoughts?
post #2 of 17
Do I think it's safe, no. Do I go solo?...yes. I am I being risky?... yes. Am I going to stop?...I should but I won't.

I am well aware that this behavior is insanely dangerous. If I fall into a tree well, break a slab loose or have a weird fall I'm going to die. I do let everyone know where I'm going and an ETA for my return. But, if that freak accident occurs they'll be coming for my body. I would never ever suggest that anyone do what I do.

So, the obvious question, why do I act like a fool? I live to ski, I try to ski almost everyday. I know I shouldn't but I just can't stand riding the lifts every single day. The fact is that it's just as dangerous to go into the BC with somebody inexperienced as to go alone. And since the BC is a huge part of my training I need to get out there and go hard so waiting around all day for people defeats the purpose.

That's me. I'm pretty stupid about this. Bash away everyone because you're correct.
post #3 of 17
No disagreement from here either. It's all about personal responsibility and awareness of risks.

I've said it before and I still believe it; I think I'm more likely to kill myself slipping on wet boulders while backcounty FISHING alone than I am to kill myself backcountry skiing alone. I know I've had much closer calls.
post #4 of 17
I tour solo a bunch, but I wouldn't call it BC because I have a pretty strict personal definition of BC. (as in, cells don't work there, no improved roads within twenty miles, etc.) I like for my solo tours to check one or more of these boxes....eastern, lowangle, cellphone access, spring snowpack. I like what Bob says. Recognizing the risks you are taking for what they are and taking responsibility for them is a good start.

I would like to be more like you and shrep the lowangle even during stormcycles midwinter.
post #5 of 17
Yeah, I do it all the time. It clears the head out.

I'm not sure if I take more or less risk, but it is all my own.
post #6 of 17
More often than not. For me it is part of the tranquility. It is part of the experience, the adventure... and yes, it is part of the risk.

My mother always said not to participate in risky behaviour. Sometimes I listen to my mother, more often I listen to myself.
JF
post #7 of 17
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Do you think its safe?
Safety is an illusion - especially safety in numbers. I go solo most of the time. And there have been times when I was in a group and wished I wasn't.
post #8 of 17
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Safety is an illusion - especially safety in numbers. I go solo most of the time. And there have been times when I was in a group and wished I wasn't.
Agreed... unless there is a special synergy among the group members, decisions are easily muddled, often creating bad situations for some or all of the team.

When I started venturing into the mountains I was part of a good tight group, our goals, fitness & thinking were similar. We learned together. The one who formed the plan was the undisputed leader for that trip. Since that group disbanded many years ago, I have often gone solo. It is a different type of tour, & usually not nearly as grandeous but still fun.
JF
post #9 of 17
With a highly variable schedule, it is very hard to do many frequent BC trips that require planning and coordinating with others. If I didn't go solo. I might not get out at all some years. I do realize that if something happens I could be SOL and have carried and turned on my beacon for a 'body recovery' just in case. But not going too big and low angled and avoiding dicey areas is the norm. The personal benefits are well worth the relatively minor risks taken. I feel more exposed and at higher risk at a ski area then touring on my own.
post #10 of 17
I do low-angle, close-in BC alone. Usually can even see a village from where I am, not that that's any guarantee of safety.
post #11 of 17
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I do low-angle, close-in BC alone. Usually can even see a village from where I am, not that that's any guarantee of safety.
A frequent 'backyard' area a tend towards has a very direct view of a cell tower. Not that that guarantees safety, but it does provide a level of comfort, knowing that there is a chance to make a call. Now there are more and more spots where phone service is around (around Silverton, for instance). On a few wilderness trips, we took SAT phones.....just in case.
post #12 of 17
I don't think there's anywhere in our valley now without cell coverage. Used to be anything not facing the village was uncovered. In Jackson a few years back and up north of Nelson BC recently -- hell, even in coastal Maine last summer -- I was shocked how spotty cell coverage is in the US.
post #13 of 17
I don't have anything to add to the observations already laid out - Bob Peters' and 4ster's remarks in particular - but I'll add myself to your head count of those that go into the bc solo.
post #14 of 17
I just got in from a solo tour around Marble, great time, phenomenal snow today. Had to get away from the x-games folks. Well worth it
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I just got in from a solo tour around Marble, great time, phenomenal snow today. Had to get away from the x-games folks. Well worth it
Circus vs Serenity.....tough choice.

When heading back and forth over McClure 2 weeks ago, I was wishing I had touring skis for a short jaunt off the top to check it out a little. Marble is a great and beautiful area.
post #16 of 17
Have done day trips, but only on clealy defined routes and with a search party at the ready!!!!

For true BC trips, I would not go with less than 3 in the party.
post #17 of 17
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Circus vs Serenity.....tough choice.

When heading back and forth over McClure 2 weeks ago, I was wishing I had touring skis for a short jaunt off the top to check it out a little. Marble is a great and beautiful area.

Great area, lots of great tours, and the snow was EPIC!! had so much fun I went out and did the Marble Ridge High traverse today...awesome
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