Originally Posted by telerod15
Of course, it is not funny to ski unstable snow above other people like the example cited in one of the TGR threads about people doing exactly that above rescuers trying to help a guy with a broken leg at Tucks that day, but in this case it looks like there was no one near the slide path so he was only endangering himself which maybe is a choice he should be allowed to make.
I probably would not be cheering if I saw an avalanche happening after I had hiked up there with the intention of skiing the headwall, because that would mean a change of plans for me. But I probably wouldn't have got even that close if the reported avy risk wasn't low.
I've been wanting to ski there for a while, but haven't yet.
Tuckerman's is a very dangerous place. When ever I went, I kept an eye out. But people don't know. There is a false security when you are in the bowl. Some guys are skiing lines that most wouldn't believe possible. There are some great skiers leading the charge. There are also some crazy risk-takers attracted to the place, people who think they can ski better than they can.
The boy was there that weekend. I heard that there were many injuries. When you get hurt at Tuck's you get carried out by hand. There's a snow cat available at HoJo's, but the path out for the injured is the same one used to get the bowl. It requires man-power.
As far as people skiing up above the rescue - who knows what lead to that. Most people would not intentionally put someone injured at greater risk. Maybe they skied in over the lip and didn't know there was a rescue underway. From what I know, that rescue was not an easy one. I heard that the hurt skier was on the steep section for over an hour. That section of the bowl is steep as hell.
When I listen to the vid, I hear the "crowd mentality", hootin and hollerin. I am sure these people didn't realize the potential risk. If someone had been injured or buried, they would have helped out. At Tuck's you see some awesome skiing followed by cheers, same with crashes - some cheers are inappropriate. I wonder what my reaction to the slide would have been.